Strengthens and clarifies the authority of the department of agriculture to inspect and grade meat.
TWENTY-FIRST LEGISLATURE, 2002
STATE OF HAWAII
A BILL FOR AN ACT
relating to meat grading.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:
SECTION 1. Chapter 147, part VI, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:
"PART VI. BEEF, PORK, MUTTON, LAMB, AND POULTRY CARCASSES
Standard grades; rules and regulations.] Rules. The department of agriculture shall [ adopt standard grades for beef, pork, mutton, and lamb carcasses and] have the necessary powers to carry out and effectuate the purposes of this part and may make rules [ and regulations relating thereto], subject to chapter 91, which shall have the force and effect of law[ , and]:
(1) Defining standard grades for beef, pork, mutton, and lamb carcasses, which shall be applicable only to carcasses previously inspected and passed for wholesomeness[
. The rules and regulations may include provisions];
(2) Providing for the enforcement [
thereof, including the definitions] of this part and the rules adopted under this part;
(3) Establishing prohibited acts and [
the] penalties [ therefor, and may fix] for violations of this part and the rules adopted under this part; and
(4) Establishing reasonable fees for the grading services[
,] furnished under this part. The fees shall be on a uniform basis and in an amount reasonably necessary to cover the cost of inspection and the administration of this part, but not to exceed the maximum fees charged by the federal grading service.
§147-92 Federal standards. The department of agriculture may adopt the federal grade standards for [
the grading of] beef, pork, mutton, and lamb.
§147-93 Cooperating with federal authority. The department of agriculture may enter into [
a] cooperative [ agreement] agreements with [ the meat grading service of] the United States Department of Agriculture [ and may, to the extent funds are available in the division of animal industry special fund, pay the salaries, or portions thereof, of federal employees providing services under such agreement.] for the purpose of grading beef, pork, mutton, and lamb carcasses.
§147-94 Grading voluntary. The grading of beef, pork, mutton, and lamb carcasses by trained graders cooperating with or employed by the department of agriculture shall be voluntary [
with the producer or the producer's agent.] and at the request of persons having a financial interest in the products.
§147-95 Regulation of advertising. The department of agriculture may adopt rules to regulate advertising in regard to grading, inspection, and origin of carcasses or parts thereof by slaughterers, wholesalers, and retailers of beef, pork, mutton, lamb, or poultry carcasses offered for sale, regardless of the origin of such carcasses.
§147-96 Public hearings. Before adopting any rules [
or regulations] authorized by this part, the department of agriculture shall first hold a public hearing upon the proposed rules [ or regulations] on each island.
§147-97 Disposition of fees. All fees collected under this part shall be paid into a special fund [
in the division of animal industry] established by the department of agriculture and shall be expended for the purposes of this part."
SECTION 2. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.
SECTION 3. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.