Section 11-47-137

Regulation, etc., of markets and marketing of food products, etc.

All cities and towns of this state shall have the power to establish, regulate and control markets and market houses and to require and provide for the proper inspection of food products and articles offered for sale or barter within the police jurisdiction of the city or town and for the punishment of persons or corporations offering for sale unsound or unwholesome articles in markets or other places in the city or town or within the police jurisdiction thereof.

Such cities and towns shall have the power to inspect all dairies and the products of the same in the county in which the city or town or any part thereof is located and the owner of which sells or disposes of milk or butter in such city or town and to regulate the same, and the council or other governing body of such city or town may fix and prescribe the payment of a reasonable fee for such inspection. Such council or other governing body shall have the power to regulate the sale of meats, vegetables, fruits, and other articles and to prescribe the localities in which the same may be sold, but any person may keep and sell fresh meats in such localities in any grocery store, green grocery store, or other store of similar nature, subject to the ordinances of the city or town regulating the slaughtering, inspecting, and keeping and selling of such meats, and this right shall not be restrained or denied by the imposition of unnecessary, unreasonable, or discriminatory regulations or excessive licenses. In the territory outside of the corporate limits and inside of the police jurisdiction of a municipality, any person shall have the right to sell fresh meats subject to the inspection of such meats on the premises where sold and subject to the same sanitary and slaughtering regulations governing meats sold inside of the corporate limits and subject to a license to be fixed by the city or town.

(Code 1907, §1279; Acts 1915, No. 555, p. 619; Code 1923, §2035; Code 1940, T. 37, §498.)