New York Agriculture & Markets Law
Sec. § 96-Q
Unmarked and Unlabeled Meat


Inasmuch as it cannot be determined for certain by any presently known method of inspection whether meat is unsound, unhealthful, unwholesome, or otherwise unfit or unsafe for food unless the organs and other tissues of an animal are inspected when slaughtered, or whether meat, meat by-products or meat food products are unsound, unhealthful and unwholesome or contain dyes, chemicals, preservatives or ingredients which render such products adulterated unless inspected where processed, and as uninspected meat, meat by-products and meat food products may be unfit or unsafe for human consumption, the commissioner shall seize and destroy for food purposes any meat, meat by-product or meat food product that does not bear an official inspection legend affixed pursuant to a federal inspection; provided nothing herein shall affect the possession by a custom slaughterer or custom processor, or the possession and transportation by the owner of custom slaughtered meat or farm dressed meat when meats are identified as such in accordance with rules and regulations duly promulgated pursuant to the federal meat inspection act and all acts amendatory thereof; and provided, further, nothing herein shall affect the transportation of dead animals, properly identified, condemned carcasses and parts of carcasses, and other condemned or inedible product or material to rendering plants.
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