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The 2009 Florida Statutes

Title XXXV
AGRICULTURE, HORTICULTURE, AND ANIMAL INDUSTRY
Chapter 583
CLASSIFICATION AND SALE OF EGGS AND POULTRY
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Section 583.13, Florida Statutes 2009

583.13  Labeling and advertising requirements for dressed poultry; unlawful acts.--

(1)  It is unlawful for any dealer or broker to sell, offer for sale, or hold for the purpose of sale in the state any dressed or ready-to-cook poultry in bulk unless such poultry is packed in a container clearly bearing a label, not less than 3 inches by 5 inches, on which shall be plainly and legibly printed, in letters not less than 1/4 in height, the grade and the part name or whole-bird statement of such poultry. The grade may be expressed in the term "premium," "good," or "standard," or as the grade of another state or federal agency the standards of quality of which, by law, are equal to the standards of quality provided by this law and rules promulgated hereunder.

(2)  It is unlawful to sell unpackaged dressed or ready-to-cook poultry at retail unless such poultry is labeled by a placard immediately adjacent to the poultry or unless each bird is individually labeled to show the grade and the part name or whole-bird statement. The placard shall be no smaller than 7 inches by 7 inches in size, and the required labeling information shall be legibly and plainly printed on the placard in letters not smaller than 1 inch in height.

(3)  It is unlawful to sell packaged dressed or ready-to-cook poultry at retail unless such poultry is labeled to show the grade, the part name or whole-bird statement, the net weight of the poultry, and the name and address of the dealer. The size of the type on the label must be one-eighth inch or larger. A placard immediately adjacent to such poultry may be used to indicate the grade and the part name or whole-bird statement, but not the net weight of the poultry or the name and address of the dealer.

(4)  It is unlawful to use dressed or ready-to-cook poultry in bulk in the preparation of food served to the public, or to hold such poultry for the purpose of such use, unless the poultry when received was packed in a container clearly bearing a label, not less than 3 inches by 5 inches, on which was plainly and legibly printed, in letters not less than one-fourth inch in height, the grade and the part name or whole-bird statement of such poultry. The grade may be expressed in the term "premium," "good," or "standard," or as the grade of another state or federal agency the standards of quality of which, by law, are equal to the standards of quality provided by this law and rules promulgated hereunder.

(5)  It is unlawful to offer dressed or ready-to-cook poultry for sale in any advertisement in a newspaper or circular, on radio or television, or in any other form of advertising without plainly designating in such advertisement the grade and the part name or whole-bird statement of such poultry.

History.--s. 3, ch. 17170, 1935; CGL 1936 Supp. 4151(381); s. 5, ch. 57-151; s. 2, ch. 67-477; s. 13, ch. 84-102.


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