Code of Virginia - Title 3.1 Agriculture, Horticulture And Food - Section 3.1-283 (Repealed effective October 1, 2008) Illegal use of word

§ 3.1-283. (Repealed effective October 1, 2008) Illegal use of word "certified"; who may make certification...

(a) It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to use, orally or in writing, relative to any agricultural or vegetable seeds, or any tubers for seeding purposes, or plants, sold or advertised or offered for sale in this Commonwealth, the term "certified," alone or with other words, or to so use any other term or form of words which suggests that there has been inspection and certification, or either, unless such seeds or tubers or plants have been certified as herein provided.

(b) If such seeds or tubers or plants were produced in another state or in a foreign country, certification by the legally constituted inspection officials of such state or country or of the United States shall be sufficient, if accepted by the Board; but if such seeds or tubers or plants were produced in Virginia, certification shall be by the producers under authorization of the Board, or its duly authorized inspectors or agents, or by such other agency as the Board shall designate; except in case of certificates issued by the State Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services in its regulatory work as authorized by law. The Board shall adopt and promulgate appropriate standards of health, vigor, purity and type for certifying such seeds, tubers and plants as are suited to the needs of agriculture in this Commonwealth.

(c) Any person who violates any of the provisions of this section, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction shall be punished by a fine not to exceed $500. Each violation shall constitute a separate offense.

(Code 1950, § 3-227; 1966, c. 702; 1980, c. 413.)

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