New York State has some of the most stringent and far-reaching
food safety laws in the nation. The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic
Act of 1938 and its amendments serve as the pattern, but through
the years, regulations specific to New York State have been added.
Many Department officials and inspectors are commissioned FDA officers
and others are licensed by the USDA.
The Department has broad powers for enforcing food protection laws.
Depending on the severity or frequency of the violation, penalties
can be levied, establishments can be closed through injunctions
obtained in New York State courts, and food can be seized, embargoed,
or destroyed. And, if deemed necessary following a Hearing, the
Commissioner can permanently curtail a business operation in New
York State through license revocation.