Title: Section 14-5.186 - Embargo

Effective Date

02/22/1985

14-5.186 Embargo.

(a) The permit-issuing official or his designated representative may, by written order, place an embargo order on any food which he determines or has reason to believe to be contaminated, unfit for human consumption, or from an unapproved source. Such food may not be used, sold, donated, discarded, repackaged or otherwise disposed of until such embargo is lifted by the permit-issuing official, his designated representative, or court of competent jurisdiction. The permit-issuing official shall provide the owner of the food embargoed, or the representative of the owner, an opportunity to be heard within 15 calendar days after the date of order of embargo. The hearing officer, based on the evidence produced at such hearing, will make a recommendation to the permit-issuing official that he vacate the order or embargo, or may, by written order, direct the embargoed food, or any part of it, to be continued to be held under embargo pending further testing, analysis or court action, to be destroyed, to be denatured and rendered inedible, to be released for return to a food processing plant for further processing, or to be released to another regulatory agency. The permit-issuing official will consider the hearing officer's recommendation in determining the disposition of the embargoed food.

(b) The owner of the food embargoed shall be deemed to have received notice of embargo and hearing at the time the notice of embargo and hearing is delivered to any of his employees or agents.

(c) The permit-issuing official or his designated representative may take representative samples of the suspected food for analysis upon payment of retail value of the sample taken.

Volume

VOLUME A (Title 10)

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