Assemblywoman LINDA STENDER
District 22 (Middlesex, Somerset and Union)
Requires labeling of food containing any product from a cloned animal or its progeny.
CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT
An Act concerning labeling of certain food products and supplementing Title 4 of the Revised Statutes.
Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:
1. a. A manufacturer or producer of food or drink to be used for human consumption in this State that contains any product from a cloned animal or its progeny shall label the food or drink as such. This information shall be displayed in a manner that is conspicuous and easily legible to consumers.
b. For purposes of this section, a “cloned animal” means an animal that arises directly from a somatic cell nuclear transfer event, and “progeny of a cloned animal” means an animal derived from the sexual reproduction of a cloned animal with another cloned animal or an animal that is not cloned.
2. A person who violates any of the provisions of this act, or an order or regulation of the Department of Agriculture issued or adopted pursuant thereto, shall be liable to a penalty of not less than $50 nor more than $100 for each violation or failure to comply, to be sued for and recovered by and in the name of the Secretary of Agriculture in the manner provided in R.S.4:23-11.
3. The Department of Agriculture, in accordance with the “Administrative Procedure Act,” P.L.1968, c.410, C.52:14B-1 et seq., may adopt rules and regulations as may be necessary to administer and implement this act.
4. This act shall take effect 180 days after enactment.
This bill would require a manufacturer or producer of food for human consumption in this State that contains any product from a cloned animal or its progeny to label the food to indicate that fact.
The purpose of this bill is to enable consumers in the State to make knowledgeable decisions about food consumption based upon the disclosure of information regarding the source of the food.
The bill establishes a penalty of not less than $50 nor more than $100 for each violation or failure to comply with an order or regulation of the Department of Agriculture issued or adopted pursuant to this bill.