Statute in Full:
Note: §§ 1-1135 to 1-1139. Repealed by Laws 2013, c. 2, § 3, eff. Nov. 1, 2013
§ 1-1135 Definitions
(a) The term “horsemeat” shall mean the meat or flesh of any animal of the equine genus.
(b) The term “package” or “container” shall mean the original, properly-labeled package or container in which the horsemeat was packaged by the packer or processor at the point of origin.
(c) The term “properly labeled” shall mean a display of written, printed or graphic matter upon the outside package or container, or wrapper if there be one, stating the name and address of the original packer or processor, and in addition thereto shall include the words “horse meat.” All letters and words of the label shall be legible and of such size as to be easily read and understood by the ordinary individual under customary conditions of purchase and use.
Laws 1963, c. 325, art. 11, § 1135, operative July 1, 1963.
§ 1-1136 Prohibition of Sale of Horsemeat
It shall be unlawful for any person to sell, offer or exhibit for sale, or have in his possession with intent to sell, any quantity of horsemeat for human consumption.
Laws 1963, c. 325, art. 11, § 1136, operative July 1, 1963.
§ 1-1137 Transfer to Person Intending to Sell for Human Consumption
It shall be unlawful for any person to transfer the possession of any horsemeat to any other person when the person so transferring knows, or in the exercise of a reasonable discretion should have known, that the person receiving the horsemeat intends to sell it, offer it for sale, exhibit it for sale, or keep it in his possession with intent to sell it for human consumption.
Laws 1963, c. 325, art. 11, § 1137, operative July 1, 1963.
§ 1-1138 Prima Facie Evidence
Any of the following facts shall be prima facie evidence that horsemeat was intended to be sold unlawfully for human consumption:
(a) the presence of horsemeat in any quantity in any retail store where the meat of cattle, sheep, swine, or goats is being exhibited or kept for sale, unless such horsemeat be in an unopened, properly-labeled package or container not exceeding five (5) pounds in weight.
(b) the presence of horsemeat in any quantity within the establishment, warehouse, meat locker, meat cooler, or other place of storage or handling of any wholesaler of the meat of cattle, sheep, swine, or goats, unless such horsemeat be in properly-labeled containers as described above.
(c) the presence of horsemeat mixed and commingled with the meat of cattle, sheep, swine, or goats in hamburger, sausage or other processed meat products.
(d) the transportation of processed horsemeat, unless the horsemeat is in individual, properly-labeled packages or containers, not to exceed five (5) pounds in weight.
(e) the presence of horsemeat in, or the delivery or attempted delivery of horsemeat to, any restaurant or cafe.
(f) the presence of horsemeat in, or the delivery or attempted delivery of horsemeat to, any establishment preparing, canning, or processing meat food products from the meat of cattle, sheep, swine, or goats, such as, but not limited to, chili con carne, beef hash, and beef stew.
Laws 1963, c. 325, art. 11, § 1138, operative July 1, 1963.
§ 1-1139 State Commissioner of Health-Rights and Powers
The State Commissioner of Health or his authorized representative shall have free access to any transport vehicle, factory, warehouse or establishment in which horsemeat or feed suspected of containing horsemeat is transported, manufactured, processed, packed, sold, or prepared for serving to secure, after payment or offer to pay therefor, samples or specimens of such products found therein, to examine any and all sales records, shipping records relating to foods and/or horsemeat, to embargo any article of food and/or horsemeat suspected of being in violation of law, and to determine whether any law is being violated.
Laws 1963, c. 325, art. 11, § 1139, operative July 1, 1963.