2016 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Title 51 - Standards, Weights, Measures And Containers
Section 51:1-17 - Foods Sold Only By Weight Or Numerical Count; Exceptions

NJ Rev Stat § 51:1-17 (2016) What's This?

51:1-17. Foods sold only by weight or numerical count; exceptions
All articles of food, other than liquids, which are capable of being measured by dry capacity measure and which heretofore have been sold by dry capacity measure in this State shall, except as hereinafter provided, be offered for sale or sold upon the basis of avoirdupois net weight or by numerical count only, and it shall be unlawful for anyone to use or employ any dry capacity measure, basket, barrel or container of any kind as a means of determining the amounts or quantities of any such articles of food offered for sale or sold. The provisions of this section shall not be construed to apply to:

a. Fruits and vegetables offered for sale or sold in closed or covered standard containers; or

b. Articles of food offered for sale by bona fide farmers in any farmers' public market, in open or uncovered standard containers, which articles may be transferred to a bag or other suitable receptacle when such transfer is agreeable to, and made in the presence of, the buyer; or

c. Vegetables which by common custom are offered for sale or sold by the bunch; or

d. Fresh berries and other small fruits, which are customarily offered for sale and sold by the box, basket or other receptacle, except, however, when such fresh berries and other small fruits are offered for sale or sold in bulk, in which case the provisions of this section shall apply to the extent that such fresh berries and other small fruits shall be offered for sale and sold by avoirdupois net weight only, but all fresh berries and such other small fruits, when offered for sale or sold shall be so offered for sale or sold in boxes, baskets or receptacles of uniform size to hold one quart or one pint dry measure only, uniformly and evenly filled throughout.

As used in this section:

"Dry capacity measure" means only bushel, half-bushel, peck, half-peck, quarter-peck, quart, pint, half-pint, and similar measures.

"Standard container" means only barrels, boxes, baskets, hampers or similar containers, the dimensions or capacity of which is established by law of this State or by Act of Congress, and upon which is plainly and conspicuously marked the net quantity of contents thereof in terms of weight, measure or numerical count.

"Bona fide farmers" means agriculturists or growers of fruits and vegetables who actually produce the commodities they sell and who are registered as such either with the State Department of Agriculture or with any county agent or board of agriculture.

Any person violating any of the provisions of this section shall, for the first offense, be liable to a penalty of not less than $50.00 nor more than $100.00, for a second offense to a penalty of not less than $100.00 nor more than $250.00, and for each subsequent offense to a penalty of not less than $250.00 nor more than $500.00.

Amended by L.1969, c. 251, s. 3, eff. Jan. 7, 1970; L.1977, c. 201, s. 1, eff. Aug. 30, 1977.


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