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The 2023 Florida Statutes (including Special Session C)

Title XXXV
Chapter 571
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F.S. 571.04
571.04 Powers and duties of the department.The duty of enforcing and administering this part is vested in the department, and the department is authorized to employ all agents and persons necessary therefor.
(1) All fees collected under this part shall be paid into the State Treasury and placed to the credit of the General Inspection Trust Fund, from which fund there shall be paid the expenses incurred in the enforcement and administration of this part to include publicizing, advertising, and promoting seals of quality and the agricultural products with which such seals of quality are used. The department may accept contributions of money or services to aid in any advertising or promotion work undertaken by it under authority of this part.
(2) The department may register any seal of quality with the Department of State of Florida, United States Patent Office, appropriate offices of other states of the United States and of foreign countries.
(3) The department, through its authorized representatives, is authorized to:
(a) Enter upon the premises, place of business, or vehicle of any applicant or licensee during normal business hours and conditions for the purpose of determining by inspection and examination the sufficiency of bookkeeping systems, accuracy of records, the agricultural products with which the seal of quality is used, articles purporting to be seals of quality or reproductions of same, and for the purpose of determining whether any other provision of this part or any rule adopted hereunder is being violated.
(b) Issue hold orders to owners and custodians and affix copy of same to seal of quality or reproduction of same in the possession of a nonlicensee; any seal of quality or reproduction of same that is an imitation or counterfeit; any agricultural product with which an imitation or counterfeit seal is used; any agricultural product on which a seal of quality is used after failure to make reports and remittance of advertising and promotion fees provided in this part and rules adopted hereunder; any agricultural product with which a seal of quality is used unless said product is labeled to indicate it is packaged by a licensee or to any agricultural product or article with which a seal of quality is used in violation of this part or rules adopted hereunder. Such hold order shall name and describe the product or article to which attached and the amount and address of same, give notice that the product or article to which attached is or is suspected of being sold, offered for sale, or held for the purpose of sale in violation of law or of rules specified in said order and said hold order shall give warning to all persons not to remove or dispose of such product or article by sale or otherwise until permission is granted by the department or by order of court.
History.s. 1, ch. 63-378; ss. 10, 14, 35, ch. 69-106; s. 9, ch. 90-323.