Session Law

2014

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Chapter 230 AN ACT RELATIVE TO POTLUCK EVENTS

     Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same as follows:
     Chapter 94 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 328 the following section:-
     Section 328A.  For the purposes of this section, “potluck event” shall mean an event that meets all of the following conditions: (1) people are gathered to share food at the event; (2) there is no compensation provided to people for bringing food to the event; (3) the event is not conducted for commercial purposes; and (4) the participants at the event shall be informed that neither the food nor the facilities have been inspected by the state or a local public health department.
     Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, neither the department of public health nor any local board of health shall regulate the serving of food that is brought to a potluck event sponsored by a group of individuals or by a religious, charitable or nonprofit organization by individuals attending the potluck event for consumption at the potluck event.  Individuals who are not members of the group or organization sponsoring the potluck event may attend the potluck event and consume the food at the event.  A business establishment dealing in the sale of food items shall not sponsor a potluck event.  Potluck event food shall not be brought into the kitchen of a business establishment dealing in the sale of food.

Approved, August 5, 2014.