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                    SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL 2710



State of Washington      57th Legislature     2002 Regular Session


By House Committee on Commerce & Labor (originally sponsored by Representatives Van Luven, Veloria, Esser, Tokuda, Santos, Cooper, Morell and Nixon)


Read first time 02/08/2002.  Referred to Committee on .

Applying the consumer protection act to the sale of halal food products.

    AN ACT Relating to the halal food consumer protection act; adding a new chapter to Title 69 RCW; prescribing penalties; and providing an effective date.




    NEW SECTION.  Sec. 1.  The definitions in this section apply throughout this chapter unless the context clearly requires otherwise.

    (1) "Dealer" means any person that advertises, represents, or holds itself out as selling, preparing, or maintaining food as halal including, but not limited to, manufacturers, slaughterhouses, wholesalers, stores, restaurants, hotels, catering facilities, butcher shops, summer camps, bakeries, delicatessens, supermarkets, grocery stores, nursing homes, freezer dealers, and food plan companies.

    (2) "Food product" includes any article other than drugs, whether in raw or prepared form, liquid or solid, or packaged or unpackaged, and which is used for human consumption.

    (3) "Halal" means a food product which has been prepared, processed, manufactured, maintained, and sold in strict compliance with the laws and customs of the Islamic religion.

    (4) "Person" includes individuals, partnerships, corporations, and associations.


    NEW SECTION.  Sec. 2.  (1) No dealer may knowingly sell or offer for sale any food product represented as "halal" or "halal style" when that dealer knows or should know that the food product is not halal and when the representation is likely to cause a prospective purchaser to believe that it is halal.  This representation can be made in writing, or by display of a sign, mark, insignia, or simulation.

    (2) A dealer that sells "halal" or "halal style" food products, where this food product represents more than fifty percent of the person's inventory, must:

    (a) Label all "nonhalal" food products as "nonhalal" by display of appropriate signage or labeling so that the consumer can clearly differentiate between food products that are "halal" and "nonhalal"; and

    (b) Maintain and make available, upon request, a written copy of ingredients and processes, used in the preparation of halal food products.  This provision only applies if the information is readily available from the producer, wholesaler, or distributor of the halal food product.


    NEW SECTION.  Sec. 3.  A violation of this chapter constitutes a violation of the consumer protection act, chapter 19.86 RCW.


    NEW SECTION.  Sec. 4.  A dealer who violates any provision of this chapter is guilty of a gross misdemeanor.


    NEW SECTION.  Sec. 5.  This chapter may be known and cited as the halal food consumer protection act.


    NEW SECTION.  Sec. 6.  Sections 1 through 5 of this act constitute a new chapter in Title 69 RCW.


    NEW SECTION.  Sec. 7.  Sections 3 and 4 of this act take effect December 1, 2002.


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