New York Agriculture & Markets Law
Sec. § 63
Labeling of Imitation Cheese; Imitation Cheese Food and Products Containing Imitation Cheese


63. Labeling of imitation cheese; imitation cheese food and products containing imitation cheese.

1.

Whenever the brand name or product designation of imitation cheese or imitation cheese food appears on a package, the brand name or product designation, whichever is larger, shall be immediately preceded, without intervening printed or graphic material by the word imitation and the name of the food imitated, in letters of the same color and on the same contrasting background and of equal size as the brand name or product designation, whichever is larger.

2.

On the label of any product containing imitation cheese or imitation cheese food, the product designation shall be immediately preceded or followed by the words "contains imitation cheese" or "contains imitation cheese food" whichever is appropriate, in letters of the same color and on the same contrasting background and of equal size as the product designation.

3.

Whenever imitation cheese or imitation cheese food is used in a product which is offered for sale for carry out or on premises consumption, a sign shall be prominently posted at the place of sale which states the product designation of the food followed immediately by the words "contains imitation cheese" or "contains imitation cheese food," whichever is appropriate. The letters on such sign shall be in block letters at least three inches in height and on a contrasting background which can be easily read by consumers under normal conditions of purchase.

4.

Whenever any product which contains imitation cheese or imitation cheese food product is offered for sale on the menu of any service food establishment, the product designation on such menu shall be immediately followed by the words "contains imitation cheese" or "contains imitation cheese food", whichever is appropriate, in letters of equal size and on a contrasting background.

5.

Whenever any imitation cheese or imitation cheese food product is placed on the tables or otherwise made available for use by customers in any service food establishment, the container of such product shall be conspicuously labeled "imitation cheese", or "imitation cheese food product".

6.

The commissioner shall promulgate such rules and regulations as are necessary and appropriate to carry out the provisions of this section, including specific identification of imitation cheese and imitation cheese food.
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