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Food and Agricultural Code - FAC


  ( Division 7 enacted by Stats. 1967, Ch. 15. )

CHAPTER 5. Fertilizing Materials [14501 - 14682]

  ( Chapter 5 repealed and added by Stats. 1990, Ch. 504, Sec. 2. )

ARTICLE 12. Misbranding and Adulteration [14681 - 14682]
  ( Article 12 added by Stats. 1990, Ch. 504, Sec. 2. )


No person shall distribute misbranded fertilizing materials. A fertilizing material shall be deemed to be misbranded under any of the following conditions:

(a) If its labeling is false or misleading in any particular way.

(b) If it is distributed under the name of another fertilizing material, as determined by the department.

(c) If it is not labeled as required by regulations adopted pursuant to this chapter.

(d) If it purports to be, or is represented as, a fertilizing material, or is represented as containing a primary or secondary plant nutrient or micronutrients, or both, unless the plant nutrients conform to the definition of identity, if any, prescribed by regulation. In adopting these regulations, due regard shall be given to commonly accepted definitions and official fertilizer terms such as those prescribed by the Association of American Plant Food Control Officials.

(Amended by Stats. 2016, Ch. 448, Sec. 5. (AB 1811) Effective January 1, 2017.)


No person shall distribute an adulterated fertilizing material. A fertilizing material shall be deemed to be adulterated under any of the following conditions:

(a) If it contains any deleterious or harmful ingredient in sufficient amounts to render it injurious to beneficial plant life when applied in accordance with directions for use on the label, or if adequate warning statements or directions for use that may be necessary to protect plant life are not indicated on the label.

(b) If its composition falls below or differs from that which it is purported to possess by its labeling.

(c) If it contains unwanted crop seed or weed seed.

(d) If it is a threat to public safety.

(e) If an organic input material contains ingredients that, in type or amount, do not comply with the requirements of the National Organic Program standards, as specified in Part 205 (commencing with Section 205.1) of Subchapter M of Chapter I of Subtitle B of Title 7 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

(Amended by Stats. 2009, Ch. 257, Sec. 22. (AB 856) Effective January 1, 2010.)

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