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  4. Article 19: Refrigerated Warehouses and Locker Plants


Section 240 Length of storage period

Agriculture & Markets (AGM)

1. No person or corporation shall keep or permit to remain in any refrigerated warehouse or locker plant any article of food beyond the time when it is sound and wholesome and fit to remain in storage. If any article of food is found to be fit for immediate consumption, but unfit for further storage, such article of food shall at once be removed from storage and not again stored. No article of food shall be kept or permitted to remain in any refrigerated warehouse for a longer aggregate period than twenty-four calendar months, except by order of the commissioner. Upon evidence satisfactory to him that the food is sound and wholesome and fit for further storage, the commissioner may, in his discretion, grant an extension of the storage period. He may, in his discretion, cause any articles of food to be examined to ascertain if the food is sound and wholesome and fit for further storage.

  2. In the event that any article of food is held in a refrigerated warehouse for a period of longer than twenty-four calendar months without extension having been applied for and granted by the commissioner, and that neither the operator of the refrigerated warehouse nor the commissioner can locate the owner of the said article of food, after ten days' notice by registered mail directed to the last known address of such owner, then, and in that event, the commissioner shall have the power to order the disposition and sale of the said article of food for the purpose of payment of charges for storage or other valid liens against same. If a sale as herein provided is ordered by the commissioner, the proceeds of such sale shall be applied, first, to the payment of any and all charges for storage and service in connection with said property, and second, for any other valid liens against the said property. Any balance then remaining from the proceeds of the sale shall be paid to the owner of the said property, if such owner can be located; and, in the event the owner cannot be located within one year of date of notification, then any balance shall be paid into the treasury of the state of New York.

  3. If through non-use of any locker or lockers by the lessee thereof during a period of twelve calendar months, or if for any reason it becomes apparent to the operator of a locker plant that articles of food are possibly being held in any locker or lockers for a period beyond the time when such articles of food may be sound and wholesome or fit to remain in storage, he shall notify the lessee to immediately inspect the contents of his locker or lockers; and, if any article of food is found unfit for further storage, the operator shall require its prompt removal.

  4. If the operator of the locker plant, after ten days' notice by registered mail directed to the last known address of such lessee, is unable to locate the lessee of the said locker or lockers, then, and in that event, he shall so notify the commissioner. The commissioner shall thereupon cause the articles of food to be examined, and, if found fit for immediate consumption, he shall have the power to order the disposition and sale of the said article or articles of food for the purpose of payment of the locker charges or other valid liens against same. If a sale as herein provided is ordered by the commissioner, the proceeds of such sale shall be applied, first, to the payment of any and all charges due the locker plant operator for rental and service, and, second, for any other valid liens against the said property. Any balance then remaining from the proceeds of the sale shall be paid to the owner of the said property if such owner can be located; and, in the event that the owner cannot be located within one year of date of notification, then any balance shall be paid into the treasury of the state of New York.

  5. In carrying out any order of the commissioner for sale or disposition of any property under the provisions of sections two hundred and thirty-nine or two hundred and forty of this chapter, the owner or operators of the refrigerated warehouse or locker plant are hereby relieved from any liability to the original owner or any other person or persons for the custody of said property, and from any legal liability under any warehouse receipt issued and outstanding covering the said property.