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Food and Agricultural Code - FAC

DIVISION 12. POULTRY, RABBITS, EGGS, AND EGG PRODUCTS [24501 - 27690]

  ( Division 12 enacted by Stats. 1967, Ch. 15. )

PART 4. EGGS AND EGG PRODUCTS [27501 - 27690]

  ( Part 4 enacted by Stats. 1967, Ch. 15. )

CHAPTER 1. Eggs [27501 - 27690]

  ( Chapter 1 repealed and added by Stats. 1971, Ch. 1009. )

ARTICLE 15. Criminal Punishment and Procedure [27671 - 27690]
  ( Article 15 added by Stats. 1971, Ch. 1009. )

27671.
  

(a) The following persons are guilty of a misdemeanor:

(1) Any person who violates Section 27632, 27638, 27639, 27640, or 27672.

(2) Any person who commits a second or subsequent violation of this chapter, or any regulation adopted pursuant to this chapter, that is the same as a prior violation.

(3) Any person whose intentional violation of this chapter, or regulations adopted pursuant to this chapter, resulted, or reasonably could have resulted, in the creation of a hazard to human health or the environment, or in the disruption of the marketing of eggs.

(b) Any person guilty of a misdemeanor as provided in this section is punishable as follows:

(1) In any case of willful or intentional violation, by imprisonment in the county jail not to exceed six months, or by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000), or by both.

(2) In any case which does not involve willful or intentional violation, by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000).

Any prosecution for a violation of this chapter or any regulation adopted pursuant to this chapter may be instituted in any county where any part of the offense occurred. Any evidence which is taken by any enforcement officer in any county may be admitted in evidence in any prosecution in any other county.

(Amended by Stats. 1990, Ch. 750, Sec. 8.)

27672.
  

It is unlawful for any person to fail to appear in court at the time and place designated in any written promise to appear given after arrest pursuant to this chapter or any regulation adopted pursuant to this chapter, regardless of the disposition of the offense originally charged.

(Repealed and added by Stats. 1971, Ch. 1009.)

27673.
  

Unless a person who is arrested for the transportation of eggs in violation of any provision of this chapter or any regulation adopted pursuant to this chapter demands the right of an immediate appearance before a magistrate, the procedures as prescribed in Chapter 5C (commencing with Section 853.6) of Title 3 of Part 2 of the Penal Code shall be followed.

(Repealed and added by Stats. 1971, Ch. 1009.)

27680.
  

If the grade determination and size determination required by this chapter are performed at a location outside of this state, the records relating to eggs of any person registered under this chapter at that location shall be subject to inspection by the department as the department considers necessary. The department may contract with another agency of state government or with a state department of agriculture or other similar agency where the out-of-state registrant is domiciled to conduct the inspection.

(Amended by Stats. 2004, Ch. 183, Sec. 119. Effective January 1, 2005.)

27681.
  

A registrant whose out-of-state location is inspected shall reimburse the department for actual and necessary expenses incurred during the inspection. If an out-of-state registrant fails to pay the expenses before the 11th day on which the registrant received an invoice from the department, the department may do any of the following:

(a) Automatically cancel the person’s registration.

(b) Deny a registration to any person who is connected with a person whose registration is canceled because of a violation of this section.

(c) Issue an order to stop the sale of all eggs shipped into California from the registrant.

(Amended by Stats. 2004, Ch. 183, Sec. 120. Effective January 1, 2005.)

27682.
  

The actual and necessary expenses of the department for each inspection of an out-of-state location may not exceed either of the following:

(a) The actual and necessary expenses, not to exceed the state’s per diem, for food, lodging, and local transportation of the inspector and the cost of the least expensive available space round-trip airfare from Sacramento to the location to be inspected.

(b) Any contract fees charged to perform the inspection by another state agency or an agricultural agency in the state where the registrant is domiciled.

(Added by Stats. 2003, Ch. 283, Sec. 8. Effective January 1, 2004.)

27683.
  

The department shall attempt to schedule as many out-of-state inspections as feasible within an area on each inspection trip. If more than one registrant is inspected in an area during an inspection trip, the expenses of the trip shall be divided proportionately among the registrants based upon the amount of time spent on each registrant’s audit.

(Added by Stats. 2003, Ch. 283, Sec. 9. Effective January 1, 2004.)

27684.
  

The department shall perform sufficient inspections of the records of out-of-state registrants to ensure that out-of-state registrants selling eggs into California pay the appropriate fees as required by Section 27551.

(Added by Stats. 2003, Ch. 283, Sec. 10. Effective January 1, 2004.)

27685.
  

Before receiving a registration as required by this chapter, an applicant whose home office or principal place of business is outside of this state shall file with the department the name of an agent in this state who is authorized to receive service of process in actions by the state or the department in the enforcement of this chapter.

(Added by Stats. 2003, Ch. 283, Sec. 11. Effective January 1, 2004.)

27686.
  

All shipped eggs shall be transported under refrigeration in compliance with California statutes and regulations.

(Amended by Stats. 2004, Ch. 183, Sec. 121. Effective January 1, 2005.)

27687.
  

(a) If the department determines that eggs are not in compliance with this chapter or that they have been shipped without the handler or producer first securing the required registration and being current on the payment of the appropriate fees, the department shall issue and enforce an order to stop the sale of the eggs.

(b) A person may not sell eggs on which a stop-sale order has been issued until the department determines that the eggs and the handler or producer are in compliance with this chapter. Eggs that are in compliance with this chapter, but for which the handler or producer have not secured the required registration and paid the appropriate fees, may only be sold or moved under the specific direction of the secretary.

(c) With respect to eggs that are not in compliance with this chapter and on which a stop-sale order has been issued, the seller may submit the eggs for reinspection to an authorized state or county enforcement officer. If on reinspection the eggs fail to meet the specification of the grades with which they are labeled, the seller must remark or repackage the eggs to meet the specifications for their actual grades before calling for reinspection. Repackaged eggs must be labeled with the original sell by date.

(Added by Stats. 2003, Ch. 283, Sec. 13. Effective January 1, 2004.)

27688.
  

Each registrant shall submit a report as designated by the department and remit any fees due on a monthly basis. The report is due no later than the 30th day following the month of delivery to California. Each registrant shall keep a copy of this report on file at the registered facility for a period of three years.

(Added by Stats. 2003, Ch. 283, Sec. 14. Effective January 1, 2004.)

27688.5.
  

Any out-of-state registrant who fails to promptly submit required reports or pay required fees is subject to the criminal penalties specified in this chapter. A violation of this section is also subject to a civil or administrative penalty not to exceed five hundred dollars ($500) per violation. Each day a violation continues may be considered a separate violation for purposes of penalty assessment. The department may also seek appropriate injunctive relief.

(Added by Stats. 2003, Ch. 283, Sec. 14.5. Effective January 1, 2004.)

27689.
  

The report required by Section 27688 shall give a complete breakdown of all sales of graded and ungraded eggs into California, listing the individual plant or person to whom eggs were sold and indicating whether these eggs were sold on a graded or ungraded basis. A check or money order in the amount of the fee as required by this chapter on all eggs shipped into California on a graded basis shall accompany the report.

(Added by Stats. 2003, Ch. 283, Sec. 15. Effective January 1, 2004.)

27690.
  

All brokers registered with California shall itemize in their reports a true and complete list of all eggs brokered into and within California. This list shall include the name and address of all persons from whom eggs were purchased, to whom they were sold, and the amount of eggs involved in each transaction. Furthermore, the broker shall indicate whether the eggs involved in the transaction were graded or ungraded.

(Amended by Stats. 2004, Ch. 183, Sec. 122. Effective January 1, 2005.)

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