1. The commissioner is charged with the duty of protecting and promoting the health
and welfare of the people of this state by inspecting, regulating, and supervising
the sanitary quality of milk and cream distributed, consumed or sold within this state,
whether produced within or without the state.
2. (a) Notwithstanding the provisions of any other general, special or local law,
the commissioner may, in order to secure uniformity of inspection, regulation and
supervision of the sanitary quality of milk and milk products, as defined under the
authority of section forty-six-a of this chapter, reverse, modify or annul in whole or in part any rule, regulation,
direction, order or ordinance heretofore adopted by the board of health of any local
health district or any other body exercising the powers and duties of a board of health
therein, or any order, direction or requirement made pursuant thereto, pertaining
to or affecting the production, processing, handling, storage, transportation, sale,
resale or distribution of milk and cream, or any operations or procedures incident
(b) The order of the commissioner reversing, modifying or annulling any such rule,
regulation, direction, order, ordinance or requirement, shall state the date on which
it takes effect and a copy thereof, duly signed by the commissioner shall be filed
as a public record in the department.
(c) Nothing contained in this article shall affect any existing rule, regulation,
direction, order, ordinance or requirement relating to the dating of milk in cities.
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