New York Agriculture & Markets Law
Mishandling and Improper Transportation of Meat, Meat By-products and Meat Food Products
96-p-2. Mishandling and improper transportation of meat, meat by-products and meat food products.
(1) No person, firm, association, partnership or corporation engaged in carrying or transporting meat, meat by-products or meat food products shall transport such products except in an enclosed vehicle in such a manner as to assure delivery of the aforesaid products so that frozen products remain frozen and such other products do not rise above forty degrees Fahrenheit, provided, however, that this section shall not apply to establishments engaging in meat handling operations at retail stores and restaurants, when conducted at any retail store or restaurant or similar retail-type establishment for sale in normal retail quantities or service of such articles to consumers at such establishments, nor to household consumers. This section shall not apply to meat food products which because of their method of manufacture, processing, and packaging, require no special handling temperatures to prevent adulteration or unwholesomeness including, but not limited to, commercially sterile meat food products in hermetically sealed containers.
(2) The commissioner may promulgate rules and regulations to further define standards for the transportation of meat, meat by-products or meat food products to further ensure that they are delivered in an unadulterated and wholesome condition.
(3) A violation of the provisions of this section shall be a violation as defined in subdivision three of section 10.00 of the penal law.