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Food and Agricultural Code - FAC

DIVISION 9. ANIMALS GENERALLY [16301 - 19503]

  ( Division 9 enacted by Stats. 1967, Ch. 15. )

PART 3. SLAUGHTERED ANIMALS [18201 - 19503]

  ( Part 3 enacted by Stats. 1967, Ch. 15. )

CHAPTER 4. Meat and Poultry Inspection [18650 - 18935]

  ( Chapter 4 repealed and added by Stats. 1970, Ch. 1385. )

ARTICLE 9. Investigations [18901 - 18908]
  ( Article 9 added by Stats. 1970, Ch. 1385. )

18901.
  

The director may gather and compile information, and investigate the organization, business, conduct, practices, management, and the relation to other persons of any person subject to this chapter engaged in intrastate commerce.

(Repealed and added by Stats. 1970, Ch. 1385.)

18902.
  

The director may require, by general or special orders, persons subject to this chapter engaged in intrastate commerce, to file with him, in such form as he may prescribe, annual or special, reports or answers in writing to specific questions, furnishing such information as he may require as to the organization, business, conduct, practices, management, and relation to other persons, of the person filing such reports or answers in writing. Such reports and answers shall be made under oath, or otherwise, as the director may prescribe, and shall be filed with the director within such time as he may prescribe.

(Repealed and added by Stats. 1970, Ch. 1385.)

18903.
  

For the purpose of this chapter, the director shall at all reasonable times have access to examine and to copy any documentary evidence of any person being investigated or proceeded against, and may require by subpoena the attendance and testimony of witnesses and the production of all documentary evidence of any person relating to any matter under investigation. The director may sign subpoenas and may administer oaths and affirmations, examine witnesses, and receive evidence.

(Repealed and added by Stats. 1970, Ch. 1385.)

18904.
  

Attendance of witnesses, and the production of documentary evidence, may be required at any designated place of hearing. In case of disobedience to a subpoena the director may invoke the aid of any superior court designated in requiring the attendance and testimony of witnesses and the production of documentary evidence.

(Repealed and added by Stats. 1970, Ch. 1385.)

18905.
  

The superior court within the jurisdiction of which such inquiry is carried on may, in case of contumacy or refusal to obey a subpoena issued to any person, issue an order requiring such person to appear before the director or to produce documentary evidence if so ordered, or to give evidence concerning the matter in question. Failure to obey such order of the court may be punished by such court as a contempt thereof.

(Repealed and added by Stats. 1970, Ch. 1385.)

18906.
  

The director may order testimony to be taken by deposition in any proceeding or investigation pending under this chapter at any stage of such proceeding or investigation. Such depositions may be taken before any person designated by the director and having power to administer oaths. Such testimony shall be reduced to writing by the person taking the deposition, or under his direction and shall then be subscribed by the deponent. Any person may be compelled to appear and depose, and to produce documentary evidence in the same manner as witnesses may be compelled to appear and testify and produce documentary evidence before the director as previously provided.

(Repealed and added by Stats. 1970, Ch. 1385.)

18907.
  

Witnesses summoned before the director shall be paid the same fees and mileage that are paid witnesses in the superior court of this state, and witnesses whose depositions are taken and the persons taking the same shall be entitled to the same fees as are paid for such services in such courts.

(Repealed and added by Stats. 1970, Ch. 1385.)

18908.
  

No person shall be excused from attending and testifying, or from producing books, papers, schedules of charges, contracts, agreements, or other documentary evidence before the director or in obedience to the subpoena of the director, whether such subpoena be signed or issued by him or his delegate, or in any cause or proceeding, criminal or otherwise, based upon or growing out of any alleged violation of this chapter, on the ground or for the reason that the testimony or evidence, documentary or otherwise, required of him or it may tend to incriminate him or it or subject him or it to a penalty or forfeiture. No individual shall be prosecuted or subjected to a penalty or forfeiture for, or on account of any transaction, matter, or thing concerning which he is compelled, after having claimed his privilege against self-incrimination, to testify or produce evidence, documentary or otherwise, except that any individual so testifying shall not be exempt from prosecution and punishment for perjury committed in so testifying.

(Repealed and added by Stats. 1970, Ch. 1385.)

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