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AB-688 Food and drugs: sale.(2011-2012)

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Assembly Bill No. 688
CHAPTER 681

An act to add Section 114094.5 to, and to add Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 110286) to Part 5 of Division 104 of, the Health and Safety Code, relating to food and drug safety.

[ Approved by Governor  October 09, 2011. Filed with Secretary of State  October 09, 2011. ]

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 688, Pan. Food and drugs: sale.
The Sherman Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Law contains various provisions regarding the contents, packaging, labeling, and advertising of food, drugs, and cosmetics. The California Retail Food Code provides for the regulation of health and sanitation standards for retail food facilities, as defined, by the State Department of Public Health. Under existing law, local health agencies are primarily responsible for enforcing the California Retail Food Code. A violation of any of these provisions is punishable as a misdemeanor.
This bill would prohibit a retailer from selling or offering for sale after the expiration date an over-the-counter drug, as defined. The bill would also prohibit a retail food facility from selling or offering for sale after the “use by” date infant formula or baby food that is required to have this date on its packaging pursuant to federal law. This bill would make a violation of its provisions an infraction, punishable by a fine of not more than $10 per day, calculated as prescribed. This bill would also authorize the department or an enforcement agency, as specified, to assess administrative penalties on a retailer who violates these provisions in the amount of $10 per day for each item sold or offered for sale in violation of these provisions, in addition to other penalties authorized by law. By creating new crimes and imposing additional duties on local officials, this bill would create a state-mandated local program.
The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
This bill would provide that with regard to certain mandates no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.
With regard to any other mandates, this bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs so mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: YES  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 110286) is added to Part 5 of Division 104 of the Health and Safety Code, to read:
CHAPTER  3.5. Expiration Dates

110286.
 (a) A retailer shall not sell or offer for sale after the expiration date an over-the-counter drug.
(b) Notwithstanding Section 111825, any retailer who violates this section is guilty of an infraction, punishable by a fine of not more than ten dollars ($10) per day for each item sold or offered for sale after the expiration date. The fine shall be calculated based upon the number of days past the expiration date that the product is either found being offered for sale, or if the product is sold, the date of sale as established by evidence of proof of purchase, including, but not limited to, a sales receipt.
(c) The department may assess administrative penalties on a retailer who violates this section in the amount of ten dollars ($10) per day for each item sold or offered for sale, in addition to other penalties authorized by law.
(d) For purposes of this section,“over-the-counter drug” means a nonprescription drug regulated by the federal Food and Drug Administration that is required to have an expiration date on its packaging pursuant to the federal act and federal regulations adopted pursuant to the federal act, including, but not limited to, Section 211.137 of Title 21 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

SEC. 2.

 Section 114094.5 is added to the Health and Safety Code, to read:

114094.5.
 (a) A retail food facility shall not sell or offer for sale after the “use by” date, infant formula or baby food that is required to have this date on its packaging pursuant to the federal act, as defined in Section 109930, and federal regulations adopted pursuant to the federal act, including, but not limited to, Section 107.20 of Title 21 of the Code of Federal Regulations.
(b) Notwithstanding Section 114395, any retail food facility that violates this section is guilty of an infraction, punishable by a fine of not more than ten dollars ($10) per day for each item sold or offered for sale after the “use by” date. The fine shall be calculated based upon the number of days past the “use by” date that the product is either found being offered for sale, or if the product is sold, the date of sale as established by evidence of the proof of purchase, including, but not limited to, a sales receipt.
(c) An enforcement agency may assess administrative penalties on a retail food facility that violates this section in the amount of ten dollars ($10) per day for each item sold or offered for sale, in addition to other penalties authorized by law.
(d) For purposes of this section, the following definitions shall apply:
(1) “Baby food” shall have the meaning given to “baby foods” in paragraph (c) of Section 407.81 of Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations.
(2) “Infant formula” shall have the meaning given in subdivision (z) of Section 321 of Title 21 of the United States Code.

SEC. 3.

 No reimbursement is required by this act pursuant to Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution for certain costs that may be incurred by a local agency or school district because, in that regard, this act creates a new crime or infraction, eliminates a crime or infraction, or changes the penalty for a crime or infraction, within the meaning of Section 17556 of the Government Code, or changes the definition of a crime within the meaning of Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution.
However, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that this act contains other costs mandated by the state, reimbursement to local agencies and school districts for those costs shall be made pursuant to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Government Code.