GOVERNOR PATRICK SIGNS NEW PRICING OPTION LAW FOR FOOD STORES
- Monday, July 09, 2012
On Tuesday, July 3, 2012 Governor Patrick signed into law legislation that will allow food stores to apply for an option to utilize technology for price disclosure to increase price accuracy. (Chapter 138 of the Acts of 2012)
“This new law does not do away with the requirement that food stores place price stickers on items they sell, but merely creates an option for them to instead utilize technology throughout their stores for price disclosure” said Christopher Flynn, President of the Massachusetts Food Association, a trade association that represents the Commonwealth’s grocery and supermarket industry.
Under the new law, a food store will have to sign a yearly affidavit that there will be no job loss due to the implementation of this technology in lieu of stickers, and meet several stringent requirements to protect consumers or face fines and lose the ability to utilize the technology. They would also have to revert back to placing stickers on items they sell.
“This is a win-win situation for consumers, with the benefit of more accurate pricing and less human error of price disclosure in food stores” said Mr. Flynn. “Other states such as
The law will go into effect on January 1, 2013.
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