Section 20-1-6

Nonliability of good faith donors and distributors of canned or perishable food.

(a) When used in this section, the words and terms defined in this subsection shall have the meanings herein ascribed to them, unless it clearly appears from the context that some other meaning is indicated:

(1) CANNED FOOD. Any food commercially processed and prepared for human consumption;

(2) PERISHABLE FOOD. Any food which may spoil or otherwise become unfit for human consumption because of its nature, type, or physical condition. This term includes, but is not limited to, fresh and processed meats, poultry, seafood, dairy products, bakery products, eggs in the shell, fresh fruits and vegetables, and foods which have been packaged, refrigerated, or frozen.

(b) All laws to the contrary notwithstanding, a good faith donor of canned or perishable food, which is apparently fit for human consumption at the time it is donated, to a bona fide charitable or nonprofit organization for free distribution, shall not be subject to criminal or civil liability arising from an injury or death due to the condition of such food unless such injury or death is a direct result of the gross negligence, recklessness, or intentional misconduct of such donor.

(c) All laws to the contrary notwithstanding, a bona fide charitable or nonprofit organization which in good faith receives and distributes food, which is apparently fit for human consumption at the time it is distributed, without charge, shall not be subject to criminal or civil liability arising from an injury or death due to the condition of such food unless such injury or death is a direct result of the gross negligence, recklessness, or intentional misconduct of such organization.

(d) The provisions of this section shall govern all good faith donations of perishable food which is not readily marketable due to appearance, freshness, grade, surplus, or other conditions. Provided, however, that nothing in this section shall restrict the authority of any appropriate agency to regulate or ban the use of such food for human consumption.

(Acts 1981, 1st Ex. Sess., No. 81-976, p. 157, §§1-4.)