For the purpose of carrying out the provisions of this chapter and of other statutes the enforcement of which rests with the department of health and human services, said department may employ persons to be known as inspectors, sanitarians, sanitary engineers and other agents. The salaries of such employees shall be fixed within available appropriations and subject to the regulations of the state personnel commission; and such employees shall be paid their actual expenses legally incurred when engaged in the performance of their duties. All powers and duties imposed on inspectors by the provisions of this chapter may be imposed on sanitarians, sanitary engineers and other agents insofar as the department shall determine.
Source. 1909, 163:1. PL 136:1. 1941, 112:1. RL 161:1. 1950, 9:2. RSA 130:1. 1983, 291:1, I. 1995, 310:175, 181, eff. Nov. 1, 1995.
130:2 Repealed by 2017, 87:11, I, eff. July 1, 2017.
130:3 Inspection of Food Products.
The inspectors shall investigate food manufacturing processes and food products offered, or to be offered, for sale in this state, and may take samples of food for examination at the laboratories of the department of health and human services. The department may determine the focus and frequency of inspections and sampling and shall use a risk-based approach in consideration of available resources to prioritize inspections and sampling.
Source. 1909, 163:3. PL 136:3. RL 161:3. 1995, 310:181, eff. Nov. 1, 1995. 2017, 87:1, eff. July 1, 2017.
130:4 Investigation of Sanitation.
The inspectors shall, under the direction of the department of health and human services, investigate local sanitary conditions, in conjunction with and upon request of local boards of health, in cases where such expert advice is deemed necessary by the department of health and human services.
Source. 1909, 163:4. PL 136:4. RL 161:4. 1995, 310:181, eff. Nov. 1, 1995.
130:5 Public Health.
In addition to the specific duties herein prescribed, the inspectors shall perform such other duties in connection with public health matters as the department of health and human services shall direct.
Source. 1909, 163:5. PL 136:5. RL 161:5. RSA 130:5. 1995, 310:181, eff. Nov. 1, 1995.
130:6 Seizure and Restraint.
Said inspectors, sanitarians, sanitary engineers and other agents are hereby authorized and empowered to seize for use as evidence and without warrant, and seal from further use, any article or commodity found being sold, distributed, stored or employed in the processing of any food or drug which is in violation of the laws relating to public health matters. Provided, however, that in the collection of samples of foods and drugs for investigation, the retail price thereof shall be tendered.
Source. 1941, 112:2. RL 161:6. 1951, 25:1, eff. Mar. 15, 1951.
130:7 Penalty for Obstructing.
Whoever hinders, obstructs or in any other way interferes with said inspectors or with any member of said division, or any of their other officers, agents or employees, in the performance of any of their duties, shall be guilty of a violation. For each subsequent offense, any other person shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.
Source. 1909, 163:5. PL 136:6. RL 161:7. RSA 130:7. 1973, 530:6, eff. Oct. 31, 1973 at 11:59 p.m.