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2017 Florida Statutes

F.S. 578.091
578.091 Forest tree seed.
(1) Each container of forest tree seed which is sold, offered for sale, exposed for sale, or transported within this state for sowing purposes shall bear thereon or have attached thereto in a conspicuous place a plainly written or printed label or tag in the English language, giving the following information:
(a) For all forest tree seed treated as defined in this law:
1. A word or statement indicating that the seed has been treated.
2. The commonly accepted coined, chemical or abbreviated chemical (generic) name of the applied substance or description of the process used.
3. The words “poison treated” in red letters at least 1/4-inch type and a caution statement such as “Do not use for food, feed, or oil purposes.”
4. If the seed has been treated with an inoculant, the date beyond which the inoculant is not to be considered effective (date of expiration).
(b) For all forest tree seed subject to this law:
1. Common name of the species of seed (and subspecies, if appropriate).
2. The scientific name of the genus and species (and subspecies, if appropriate).
3. Lot number or other lot identification.
4. State of origin and forest tree seed collection zone in state if state is divided into zones.
5. Purity as a percentage of pure seed by weight.
6. For those species for which standard germination testing procedures are prescribed by the department, the following:
a. Percentage germination exclusive of hard seed.
b. Percentage of hard seed, if present.
c. Calendar month and year test was completed to determine such percentages.
7. In lieu of sub-subparagraphs 6.a., b., and c., above, the seed may be labeled “Test is in process, results will be supplied upon request.”
8. For those species for which standard germination testing procedures have not been prescribed by the department, the calendar year in which the seed was collected.
9. The name and address of the person who labeled said seed or who sells, offers, or exposes said seed for sale within this state.
(2) The information required by subsection (1) to be placed on labels attached to seed containers shall not be modified or denied in the labeling or on another label attached to the container. However, labeling of seed supplied under a contractual agreement may be by invoice accompanying the shipment or by an analysis tag attached to said invoice if each bag or other container is clearly identified by a lot number stenciled on the container or if the seed is in bulk. Each bag or container that is not so identified must carry complete labeling.
History.s. 6, ch. 69-144; ss. 14, 35, ch. 69-106.