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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 3189         FILED ON: 1/18/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1946

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Robert F. Fennell

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act relative to strengthening the consumer protections and ensuring the proper labeling of fish sold in the Commonwealth.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Robert F. Fennell

10th Essex

Thomas P. Kennedy

Second Plymouth and Bristol

Theodore C. Speliotis

13th Essex


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 3189        FILED ON: 1/18/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1946

By Mr. Fennell of Lynn, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1946) of Robert F. Fennell, Thomas P. Kennedy and Theodore C. Speliotis relative to strengthening the consumer protections and ensuring the proper labeling of fish sold in the Commonwealth.  Public Health. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act relative to strengthening the consumer protections and ensuring the proper labeling of fish sold in the Commonwealth.
 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

              SECTION 1:Section 77I of chapter 94 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 edition, is hereby amended by inserting the following new definition:-
“Escolar” any variety of fish commonly known as escolar, walu, snake mackerel, or any other colloquial name of the species lepidocybium flavobrunneum.
Section 77I of chapter 94 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 edition, is further amended by inserting the following new definition:-
“Oilfish” any variety of fish known as oilfish or any other common name of the species ruvettus pretiosus.
SECTION 2:
Chapter 94 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 edition, is hereby amended by inserting the following new section:-
Section 330: No person or business shall sell, offer for sale, import, export, have custody, control or possession of for purposes of offering for sale, selling, importing or exporting for consumption escolar or oilfish or products containing escolar or oilfish in the Commonwealth.
SECTION 3:
Chapter 94 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 edition, is hereby amended by inserting the following new section:-
The commissioner of the Department of Fish and Game concurrently with the commissioner of the Department of Public Health, their agents or inspectors shall issue to anyone who violates any provisions of section three hundred and thirty, or any rules or regulations made thereunder, a fine for the first offense of not less than four hundred dollars or license suspension, and for a second offense a fine of not less than eight hundred dollars or license suspension or both; and whoever is found liable for a third or subsequent offense a fine of not less than eight hundred dollars, or license suspension or revocation, or any combination thereof.
SECTION 4:
Chapter 130 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 edition, is hereby amended by inserting the following new section:-
Section 51B: No person or business shall sell, offer for sale, import, export, have custody, control or possession of for purposes of offering for sale, selling, importing or exporting for consumption, any item as Atlantic Cod, unless the same is of the species known as gadus morhua.
SECTION 5:
Chapter 130 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 edition, is hereby amended by inserting the following new section:-
Section 5C: No person or business shall sell, offer for sale, import, export, have custody, control or possession of for purposes of offering for sale, selling, importing or exporting for consumption, any item as Atlantic Halibut, unless the same is of the species known as hippoglossus hippoglossus.
SECTION 6:
Chapter 130 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 edition, is hereby amended by inserting the following new section:-
Section 5D: No person or business shall sell, offer for sale, import, export, have custody, control or possession of for purposes of offering for sale, selling, importing or exporting for consumption, any item as Grey Sole, unless the same is of the species known as glyptocephalus cynoglossus.
SECTION 7:
Chapter 130 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 edition, is hereby amended by inserting the following new section:-
Section 5E: No person or business shall sell, offer for sale, import, export, have custody, control or possession of for purposes of offering for sale, selling, importing or exporting for consumption, any item as Red Snapper, unless the same is of the species known as lutjanus campechanus.
SECTION 8:
Chapter 130 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 edition, is hereby amended by inserting the following new section:-
Section 5F: The commissioner of the Department of Fish and Game concurrently with the commissioner of the Department of Public Health, their agents or inspectors shall issue to anyone who violates any provisions of section five B to section five E, or any rules or regulations made thereunder, a fine for the first offense of not less than four hundred dollars or license suspension, and for a second offense a fine of not less than eight hundred dollars or license suspension or both; and whoever is found liable for a third or subsequent offense a fine of not less than eight hundred dollars, or license suspension or revocation, or any combination thereof.
SECTION 9:
Chapter 94 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 edition, is hereby amended by striking section 88D and inserting in place thereof the following new section:-
Section 88D. The commissioner of the Department of Fish and Game concurrently with the commissioner of the Department of Public Health, their agents or inspectors may inspect all fish offered or exposed for sale or kept with intent to sell, and for such purpose may enter any place where fish is stored, kept, offered or exposed for sale, may examine the conditions of such place and the equipment thereof and may require that such place and equipment be kept in a sanitary condition. If on inspection it is found that such fish is tainted, diseased, corrupted, decayed, unwholesome or unfit for food from any cause, the inspector shall seize and cause the same to be destroyed forthwith or disposed of otherwise than for food. All money received for fish disposed of as aforesaid, after deducting the expense of said seizure and disposal, shall be paid to the owner of such fish.
SECTION 10:
Chapter 94 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 edition, is hereby amended by inserting the following new section:-
Section 88E. The commissioner of the Department of Fish and Game concurrently with the commissioner of the Department of Public Health, their agents or inspectors may inspect all fish offered or exposed for sale or kept with intent to sell, and for such purpose may enter any place where fish is stored, kept, offered or exposed for sale, and shall examine such fish for accurate labeling. Whoever, by himself or by his agent or employee, sells, or offers or exposes for sale, or keeps with intent to sell or offer or expose for sale, for food purpose fish which is labeled as an item inconsistent with the accurate identity of such fish, or whoever violates any provisions of sections seventy-seven A to eighty-eight E, inclusive, or any rule or regulation made thereunder, or hinders, obstructs, or interferes with any inspection authorized hereunder, or secretes or removes fish for the purpose of preventing such inspection shall, for the first offense be punished by a fine of not less than four hundred dollars or by license suspension, and for a second offense by a fine of not less than eight hundred dollars or by license suspension or both; and whoever is found liable for a third or subsequent offense by a fine of not less than eight hundred dollars, or by license suspension or revocation, or any combination thereof.

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