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North Carolina General Statutes § 14-401.11 Distribution of certain food at Halloween and all other times prohibited

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(a)        It shall be unlawful for any person to knowingly distribute, sell, give away or otherwise cause to be placed in a position of human accessibility, any food or eatable substance which that person knows to contain:

(1)        Any noxious or deleterious substance, material or article which might be injurious to a person's health or might cause a person any physical discomfort, or

(2)        Any controlled substance included in any schedule of the Controlled Substances Act, or

(3)        Any poisonous chemical or compound or any foreign substance such as, but not limited to, razor blades, pins, and ground glass, which might cause death, serious physical injury or serious physical pain and discomfort.

(b)        Penalties.

(1)        Any person violating the provisions of G.S. 14-401.11(a)(1):

a.         Where the actual or possible effect on a person eating the food or substance was or would be limited to mild physical discomfort without any lasting effect, shall be guilty of a Class I felony.

b.         Where the actual or possible effect on a person eating the food or substance was or would be greater than mild physical discomfort without any lasting effect, shall be punished as a Class H felon.

(2)        Any person violating the provisions of G.S. 14-401.11(a)(2) shall be punished as a Class F felon.

(3)        Any person violating the provisions of G.S. 14-401.11(a)(3) shall be punished as a Class C felon. (1971, c. 564; 1973, c. 540, s. 1; 1979, c. 760, s. 5; 1979, 2nd Sess., c. 1316, s. 47; 1981, c. 63, s. 1, c. 179, s. 14; 1993, c. 539, s. 1242; 1994, Ex. Sess., c. 24, s. 14(c).)

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