New York Agriculture & Markets Law
Mishandling and Improper Transportation of Poultry Products
96-z-29-a. Mishandling and improper transportation of poultry products.
(1) No person, firm, association, partnership, or corporation engaged in carrying or transporting poultry products shall transport such poultry 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 (a) household consumers;
(b) retail dealers with respect to poultry products sold directly to consumers in retail stores;
(c) poultry products derived from either the slaughter by any person of poultry of his own raising, or the custom slaughter by another person of poultry delivered by the owner thereof for such slaughter, when such poultry products are used exclusively by such owner and members of his household and his non-paying guests and employees. This section shall not apply to poultry 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 poultry products in hermetically sealed containers.
(2) The commissioner may promulgate rules and regulations to further define standards for the transportation of poultry 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.