2010 Georgia Code
TITLE 10 - COMMERCE AND TRADE
CHAPTER 4 - WAREHOUSEMEN
ARTICLE 3 - TOBACCO WAREHOUSING
PART 1 - LEAF TOBACCO SALES AND STORAGE
§ 10-4-117.1 - Detention of tobacco; notice; condemnation; cost of testing
. Detention of tobacco; notice; condemnation; cost of testing
(a) Whenever a duly authorized agent of the Commissioner finds or has probable cause to believe that any tobacco has been treated with any pesticide not currently registered by the United States Environmental Protection Agency or the Commissioner, or both, for use on tobacco or contains a residue of any pesticide or other substance at a level which exceeds the current residue standard established for that pesticide or other substance by the United States Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service to protect and ensure the orderly marketing of Georgia grown tobacco, the agent shall affix to such tobacco or otherwise give to the owner or custodian of such tobacco a notice advising that such tobacco is being detained by the Commissioner. Such notice of detention shall apply to all tobacco produced by that grower during that season, including tobacco already harvested or tobacco to be harvested. It shall be unlawful for any person to remove any such notice affixed to tobacco or to remove or dispose of such tobacco by sale or otherwise without written permission from the Commissioner's agent or a court of competent jurisdiction.
(b) If the Commissioner finds that no residue of pesticides or other substances in the detained tobacco exceeds any residue standard as specified in subsection (a) of this Code section, the Commissioner shall promptly remove all markings from such tobacco and release it from detention, in writing.
(c) When any tobacco detained under subsection (a) of this Code section has been found by the Commissioner to contain any residue in excess of those specified in subsection (a) of this Code section, the Commissioner shall bring an action for condemnation of such tobacco in the superior court of the county where the tobacco is being detained. After the Commissioner has made an initial finding of any residue in the detained tobacco in excess of any residue standard established by the United States Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service as provided for in subsection (a) of this Code section, the costs of all subsequent testing which the Commissioner shall require to confirm that residues in such detained tobacco do not exceed any residue standard established by the United States Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service shall be borne by the producers and such tests shall be performed only by a laboratory approved by the Commissioner.
Graham Syfert - Jacksonville Lawyer