New York Agriculture & Markets Law
Manufacturers Identification Markings and Grade Brands for Cheese
67. Manufacturers identification markings and grade brands for cheese.
1. Every manufacturer of cheddar type cheese made in New York state shall put a stencil, brand, stamp or label upon such cheese indicating the variety of cheese as prescribed pursuant to rules and regulations promulgated by the commissioner pursuant to section forty-six-a; and no person shall use such markings upon any cheese which has not been manufactured under sanitary conditions as set forth in article four of this chapter and in accordance with the rules and regulations of the commissioner. The commissioner shall procure and issue on proper application therefor, and under such regulations as to the custody and use thereof as he may prescribe, a uniform stencil, brand, stamp or label bearing the words “cheddar cheese,” “washed curd cheese” or “colby cheese,” and a different number assigned by the commissioner for each separate factory to any manufacturer of cheese in New York state licensed by the commissioner. Every such stencil, brand, stamp or label shall be used upon the outside of the cheese and shall not be used upon any other than cheddar, washed curd or colby cheese or packages containing the same. It shall be unlawful for any person to use a cheese identification stencil, brand, stamp or label supplied by the commissioner as herein provided, to mark such cheese which does not conform to standards established by the commissioner pursuant to section forty-six-a. Every whole and uncut cheddar type cheese bearing the numbered identification stencil, brand, stamp or label markings herein provided shall be deemed to be in compliance with the provisions of subdivision five, section two hundred one of the agriculture and markets law.
2. Every manufacturer of New York state cheddar type cheese, or his registered agent as provided herein, may put a state brand stamp or stencil issued by the commissioner upon such cheese manufactured in New York state which meets the requirements of the highest grade for New York state cheese. Such requirements shall be established by the commissioner. Such state brand stamp or stencil issued by the commissioner shall have markings at least one-half inch high, reading on a first line “grade” and on a second line “New York state brand,” enclosed within a miniature map of New York state and with the letters “NYS” superimposed thereon. Every such state brand stamp or stencil shall bear a different number for each manufacturer.
3. Every manufacturer of New York state cheddar type cheese, or his registered agent as provided herein, may put a New York standard stamp or stencil upon such cheese manufactured in New York state which meets the requirements of the second highest grade for cheese. Such requirements shall be established by the commissioner. Such New York standard stamp or stencil shall be issued by the commissioner and shall have markings at least one-half inch high, reading on a first line “grade” and on a second line “New York standard,” and shall bear a different number for each manufacturer, but no map of New York state shall be a part of this stamp or stencil.
4. No person shall by means of any stencil, brand, stamp, label or other device use identification or grade markings which are similar to those provided pursuant to subdivisions one, two, and three of this section, unless authorized by the commissioner to do so.
5. The commissioner shall keep a record in which shall be registered the name and location of each manufacturer to whom such identification markings are issued as provided in subdivision one of this section, and the name and location of each manufacturer and his designated agent to whom grade markings are issued as provided in subdivisions two and three of this section. Whenever evidence is found or received by the commissioner tending to show that the grade-designating stamps or stencils, as provided in subdivisions two and three of this section, have been used to mark cheese which does not meet the requirements of grade for which it is marked, he may order the custodian of such grade markings to immediately discontinue use thereof and return such stamps or stencils to the commissioner; and it is further provided that the commissioner may order the removal or obliteration of such grade markings as provided herein from the cheese which does not meet the grade represented and as established by the commissioner. The custodian to whom such a grade marking device or devices has been issued, and the use of which has been revoked, or who possesses or has possessed cheese from which grade marks have been ordered obliterated, shall, upon request, be granted a hearing before the commissioner or his designated agent, and at such hearing, said custodian may present evidence to show why use of such device or devices should be restored to him and obliterated grade marks on cheese should be replaced. The commissioner may promulgate rules and regulation pertaining to the use of the New York state identifications and grade markings issued by him as provided in this section.