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HB 2059 - Sale of halal foods


Section 1

The definitions in this section apply throughout this chapter unless the context clearly requires otherwise.

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

  2. "Halal" means a food product prepared, processed, and maintained in strict accordance with the requisites of Islamic principles and customs including, but not limited to, the slaughter of an animal and preparation thereof for human consumption.

  3. "Person" includes individuals, partnerships, corporations, and associations.

Section 2

No person may knowingly sell or offer for sale any food product marked, stamped, tagged, branded, labeled, or represented as halal when that person knows that the food product is not halal and when the representation is likely to cause a prospective purchaser to believe that it is halal. Such a representation may be made in any language, orally or in writing, or by display of a sign, mark, insignia, or simulation.

Section 3

  1. A person who violates this chapter is guilty of a gross misdemeanor.

  2. A violation of this chapter constitutes a violation of the consumer protection act, chapter 19.86 RCW.

Section 4

This chapter may be known and cited as the halal food consumer protection act.

Section 5

  1. Food in transit from one processing facility to another processing facility to complete its preparation for sale is exempt from the labeling requirements of this chapter, but is otherwise subject to all applicable provisions of this chapter.

  2. This chapter is not applicable to kosher food to the extent necessary to produce kosher food products as defined in RCW 69.90.010.

  3. This chapter is not applicable to halal food to the extent necessary to produce halal food as defined in section 1 of this act.

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