3-490. Agricultural theft prevention
A. If an inspector or peace officer has probable cause to believe that at least fifty pounds of fruit or vegetables that are regulated pursuant to this article are in unlawful possession, the inspector or peace officer shall request proof of ownership from the person in possession.
B. If an inspector has probable cause to believe that at least fifty pounds of any fruit or vegetables that are regulated pursuant to this article are in unlawful possession in a vehicle, the inspector may request a peace officer to stop the vehicle for inspection and request proof of ownership from the person in possession.
C. Except as provided in subsection D, for purposes of this section, proof of ownership includes all of the following:
1. The name, address and telephone number of the seller.
2. The name, address and telephone number of the buyer, or consignee if not sold.
3. The common or generic name and quantity of the fruit or vegetable.
4. The date of the transaction and the date the transportation began.
D. A bill of lading, a bill of sale, data obtainable by electronic transmission or a similar type of document is considered proof of ownership for purposes of this section.
E. The buyer and seller shall retain a copy of the documents showing proof of ownership for sixty days after delivery.
F. An inspector or peace officer may seize and hold a fruit or vegetable if after requesting or inspecting the offered proof of ownership the inspector or peace officer reasonably believes that the person is in unlawful possession of a fruit or vegetable regulated under this article.
G. If an investigation reveals the lawful owner of the fruit or vegetable that has been seized pursuant to this section, the fruit or vegetable shall be released to the owner or the owner's agent. If a seized fruit or vegetable remains unclaimed after a reasonable period of time, the supervisor may donate the fruit or vegetable to a nonprofit charitable organization. If the fruit or vegetable does not comply with the standards prescribed pursuant to this article, the supervisor may destroy it.
H. This section does not apply to:
1. Fruit or vegetables that are transported from the farm where they are produced to a commercial packing plant in this state for processing or packing.
2. Fruit or vegetables that are transported and accompanied by a valid disposal order issued by an inspector to comply with this article or rules adopted pursuant to this article.Section: Previous 3-483 3-484 3-485 3-486 3-487 3-488 3-489 3-490 3-491 3-492 3-494 3-496 3-497 3-498 3-499 Next
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