§644. Label requirements for agricultural, flower, and vegetable seeds

Link to law: http://legislature.vermont.gov/statutes/section/06/035/00644
Published: 2015

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644. Label requirements for agricultural, flower, and vegetable seeds

(a) Each

container of agricultural, flower, and vegetable seeds which is sold in this

state for sowing purposes shall be labeled.

(1) All labels

shall include:

(A) the name of

the kind of each agricultural, flower, gras,s and vegetable seed present;

(B) the lot

number or other lot identification;

(C) for

agricultural and grass seed, the percent by weight of all weed seeds, crop

seeds, and inert matter;

(D) the percent

germination of agricultural and grass seed, exclusive of hard seed, the

percentage by weight of hard seed, and the calendar month and year the test was


(E) the name and

address of labeler or distributor.

(2) For all

seeds that have been treated, the label shall include a word or statement

indicating that the seed has been treated with the commonly accepted chemical

or abbreviated chemical name of the applied substance. A caution statement

shall be set forth if the substance in the amount present is harmful to human

or other vertebrate animals. The caution for toxic substances shall be a poison

statement or symbol.

(3) For seed

treated with an inoculant, the label shall state the date of expiration of the


(4) For all seed

containing genetically engineered material, the manufacturer or processor shall

cause the label or labeling to specify the identity and relevant traits or

characteristics of such seed, plus any requirements for their safe handling,

storage, transport, and use, the contact point for further information and, as

appropriate, the name and address of the manufacturer, distributor, or supplier

of such seed.

(b) The

secretary may adopt rules for labeling procedures consistent with the

provisions of this section, which take into account: origin, presence of weed

seed, mixtures, hermetically sealed containers, coated seed, "crop

seeds," genetically engineered material, genetically engineered plant

parts, hybrids, germination medium, and preplanted containers. (Added 1989, No.

85, § 2; amended 2003, No. 42, § 2, eff. May 27, 2003; 2003, No. 97 (Adj.

Sess.), § 3, eff. Oct. 1, 2004; 2003, No. 149 (Adj. Sess.), § 13, eff. Oct. 2,