Introduced Version






HOUSE BILL No. 1300

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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL



Citations Affected: IC 15-2.1-2-29.7.

Synopsis: Labeling standards for milk. Provides that dairy products are misbranded if the labeling contains compositional claims that cannot be confirmed through laboratory analysis or can only be supported by sworn statements, affidavits, or testimonials.

Effective: July 1, 2008.





Friend, Grubb, Walorski, Pflum




    January 15, 2008, read first time and referred to Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development.







Introduced

Second Regular Session 115th General Assembly (2008)


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HOUSE BILL No. 1300



    A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning agriculture and animals.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:

SOURCE: IC 15-2.1-2-29.7; (08)IN1300.1.1. -->     SECTION 1. IC 15-2.1-2-29.7 IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2008]: Sec. 29.7. "Misbranded" means a food product that meets at least one (1) of the following conditions:
        (1) If the product's labeling is false or misleading in any way.
        (2) If the product is offered for sale under the name of another food.
        (3) If the product is an imitation of another food, unless the product's label bears, in type of uniform size and prominence, the word "imitation" and immediately afterward, the name of the food imitated.
        (4) If the product's container is made, formed, or filled in a manner that is misleading.
        (5) If in packaged form, unless the product bears a label showing the following:
            (A) The name and place of business of the manufacturer, packer, or distributor.
            (B) An accurate statement of the quantity of the product in terms of weight, measure, or numerical count.
        (6) If a word, statement, or other information required under this chapter or the rules adopted under this chapter to appear on the label or other labeling is not prominently placed on the label with such conspicuousness (as compared with other words, statements, designs, or devices in the labeling) and in terms making it likely to be read and understood by the ordinary individual under customary conditions of purchase and use.
        (7) If the product purports to be or is represented as a food for which a definition and standard of identity or composition has been prescribed by the rules of the board unless:
            (A) the product conforms to the definition and standard; and
            (B) the product's label bears the name of the food specified in the definition and standard and, as required by rules of the board, the common names of optional ingredients other than spices, flavoring, and coloring present in the food.
        (8) If the product purports to be or is represented as a food for which a standard or standards of fill of container have been prescribed by rules of the board and the product falls below the applicable standard of fill of container unless the label bears, in a manner and form that the rules specify, a statement that the product falls below that standard.
        (9) If the product's label does not bear the following:
            (A) The common or usual name of the food, if any.
            (B) If the product is fabricated from at least two (2) ingredients, the common or usual name of each ingredient. However, spices, flavorings, and colorings may, when authorized by the state veterinarian, be designated as spices, flavorings, and colorings without naming each ingredient.
        (10) If the product purports to be or is represented for special dietary uses, unless the product's label bears information concerning the product's vitamin, mineral, and other dietary properties that the board determines to be necessary to fully inform purchasers of the product's value for such uses as set forth in rules adopted by the board.
        (11) If the product bears or contains artificial flavoring, artificial coloring, or a chemical preservative, unless the product bears labeling stating that fact.
        (12) If the product fails to bear directly on the product and on the product's containers, information the board prescribes by rule, including an official mark, to ensure that the product will not have

false or misleading labeling and that the public will be reasonably informed about the product.
         (13) For dairy products, if the labeling contains a:
            (A) compositional claim that cannot be confirmed through laboratory analysis
; or
            (B) compositional or production-related claim that is supported solely by sworn statements, affidavits, or testimonials.