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Food and Agricultural Code - FAC

DIVISION 20. PROCESSORS, STORERS, DEALERS, AND DISTRIBUTORS OF AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS [54001 - 57700]

  ( Division 20 enacted by Stats. 1967, Ch. 15. )

CHAPTER 4. California Rice Certification Act of 2000 [55000 - 55123]

  ( Chapter 4 added by Stats. 2000, Ch. 579, Sec. 1. )

ARTICLE 5. Commercial Impact Rice [55050 - 55052]
  ( Article 5 added by Stats. 2000, Ch. 579, Sec. 1. )

55050.
  

Except as provided for in Section 55052, no person may plant, produce, process, or handle rice identified pursuant to subdivision (a) of Section 55040, except in compliance with this chapter. Regulations shall be adopted by the secretary, in accordance with Section 55022, to accomplish all of the following purposes:

(a) Maintain the integrity and prevent contamination of rice which has not been identified pursuant to subdivision (a) of Section 55040.

(b) Prevent the introduction of disease, weeds, or other pests.

(c) Ensure that persons handling seed for the production of rice identified pursuant to subdivision (a) of Section 55040 or bringing rice identified pursuant to subdivision (a) of Section 55040 into the state for processing notify the commission of the location of planting sites and of the dates and procedures for planting, producing, processing, or handling of rice identified pursuant to subdivision (a) of Section 55040.

(d) Ensure that persons receiving rice having been identified pursuant to subdivision (a) of Section 55040 produced outside the state for processing notify the commission of the location of the receipt and of the procedures for processing or handling the rice to prevent commercial impact to other rice and the spread of weeds, diseases, or other pests.

(e) Enforce the restrictions and conditions imposed on the planting, producing, processing, or handling of rice identified pursuant to subdivision (a) of Section 55040.

(f) Encourage research and development of new types of rice.

(Amended by Stats. 2008, Ch. 414, Sec. 20. Effective January 1, 2009.)

55051.
  

Except as specified in Section 55052, rice shall not be planted, produced, processed, or handled unless it has been reviewed by the committee for the purposes of making the findings set forth in Section 55040, and if necessary, the establishment of regulations pursuant to Section 55047.

(Amended by Stats. 2008, Ch. 414, Sec. 21. Effective January 1, 2009.)

55052.
  

(a) Except as set forth in this section, this chapter shall not apply to 50 acres or less of rice of any type planted for research purposes. No one type may be planted on more than 50 acres in the state and be considered research within the meaning of this section. Any person conducting research on 50 acres or less shall notify the committee of the location of the acreage involved, and the proposed procedures for planting, producing, processing, or handling the rice. The committee shall review and approve, modify, or reject the proposed procedures to ensure that the research will not result in commercial impacts to other rice. The committee shall accept any procedures that have been previously approved or accepted by an agency of state or federal government unless the committee provides written justification for modifying or rejecting the procedures.

(b) In addition to the information required pursuant to subdivision (a), the committee may require any person proposing to conduct research using rice brought into the state from another state or country to provide the committee with proposed procedures to ensure that the introduced rice is free of diseases, weeds, or other pests. The committee shall review and approve, modify, or reject the proposed procedures. The committee shall accept any procedures that have been previously approved or accepted by an agency of state or federal government unless the committee provides written justification for modifying or rejecting the procedures.

(c) The notice required pursuant to this section shall not require specific information regarding the attributes of the rice that is the subject of the research.

(d) The notice required by this section shall be provided in the time and manner specified by the committee.

(e) This chapter shall not apply to research conducted by the University of California except for rice produced directly from the research that enters the channels of trade.

(Amended by Stats. 2008, Ch. 414, Sec. 22. Effective January 1, 2009.)

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