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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  ( Chapter 1 repealed and added by Stats. 1971, Ch. 1009.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 5. Administration and Enforcement [27561 - 27566]
  ( Article 5 added by Stats. 1971, Ch. 1009. )

27561.
  

(a) The director shall enforce this chapter, and the regulations adopted pursuant to this chapter.

(b) The commissioners of each county, their deputies, and qualified inspectors, under the supervision and control of the director, shall enforce this chapter and the regulations which are adopted by the director pursuant to this chapter.

(c) Except as provided in Sections 27581 and 27601, and any of the violations enumerated in paragraph (1) of subdivision (a) of Section 27671, before any state or local official may commence legal prosecution of a handler based on a violation of this chapter, or the regulations adopted pursuant to this chapter, the handler shall be given an opportunity for a hearing with respect to the alleged violation. The director shall establish, with the advice of the committee, a policy manual which sets forth procedures for providing notice to a person charged with the violation, and for conducting the hearing. The policy manual is not subject to Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code.

(Amended by Stats. 1990, Ch. 750, Sec. 1.)

27561.5.
  

(a) The department may refuse to issue, or may suspend or revoke, a certificate of registration if either of the following occur:

(1) The applicant fails to pay in full by the due date a fine, fee, assessment, or penalty levied by the department for a violation of this chapter, including a violation that occurred before January 1, 2016.

(2) The applicant has violated a provision of this chapter or any regulation adopted to implement this chapter.

(b) The department may reverse its refusal to issue or its suspension or revocation of a certificate of registration if the department finds substantial grounds to do so.

(c) (1) The department shall adopt regulations that do both of the following:

(A) Establish procedures for an appeals process, including a noticed hearing, for a person who wishes to contest the department’s refusal to issue a certificate of registration or the department’s suspension or revocation of a certificate of registration.

(B) Specify the maximum time period following the refusal to issue, suspension, or revocation of a certificate of registration during which the applicant shall not reapply for another egg handler or egg producer certificate of registration. The time period shall be based on the severity or number of violations of this chapter, and shall not exceed three years from the date of the original refusal to issue, suspension, or revocation of the certificate of registration.

(2) Regulations adopted pursuant to this section shall not be subject to Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code.

(Added by Stats. 2015, Ch. 302, Sec. 1. (AB 689) Effective January 1, 2016.)

27562.
  

(a) The director shall determine the necessary amount to be expended by each county and the department to achieve adequate administration and enforcement of this chapter, including, but not limited to, uniformity of inspection in all counties.

(b) To make the determination for purposes of subdivision (a), the director shall determine the amount of funds generated by the fees collected pursuant to Article 4 (commencing with Section 27551) that shall be distributed to counties where point-of-origin inspections are performed pursuant to Section 27593. The director shall also determine the amount of funds generated by the fees collected pursuant to Article 4 (commencing with Section 27551) that shall be distributed to those counties that choose to enter into an agreement with the director to perform inspections of retail operations upon request pursuant to Section 27594.

(Amended by Stats. 1982, Ch. 1130, Sec. 5.)

27563.
  

Within 90 days after the end of each fiscal year, the commissioner of a county shall submit, in the form prescribed by the director, a statement to the director which shows the expenditures of funds in the enforcement and administration of this chapter for that fiscal year. Such statement shall be subject to audit by the director.

(Added by Stats. 1971, Ch. 1009.)

27564.
  

Each fiscal year the director shall prepare a statement which shows the receipt and expenditure for each county as well as those funds expended by the director during the fiscal year of funds provided for in this chapter. The director shall, upon written request of any person who is financially interested in the inspection work which is conducted pursuant to this chapter, forward a copy of such report to any such person.

(Added by Stats. 1971, Ch. 1009.)

27565.
  

The director may enter into an agreement with any commissioner for the enforcement of this chapter or the regulations adopted pursuant to this chapter.

(Added by Stats. 1971, Ch. 1009.)

27566.
  

If any commissioner does not adequately and properly enforce the provisions of this chapter, or regulations adopted pursuant to this chapter, or any agreement, as determined by the director, the director shall provide these services and expend that county’s share of the assessment fees for the proper enforcement of this chapter, in lieu of the reimbursement to such counties pursuant to Sections 27554 and 27562.

(Added by Stats. 1971, Ch. 1009.)

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