AN ACT CONCERNING MINOR REVISIONS TO THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE STATUTES
AN ACT CONCERNING MINOR REVISIONS TO THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE STATUTES
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PA 06-19—SB 413

Environment Committee

Judiciary Committee

AN ACT CONCERNING MINOR REVISIONS TO THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE STATUTES

SUMMARY: This act requires each intrastate retail raw milk dealer with 10 or fewer milking-aged animals to (1) keep records about drugs used on the animals and (2) have them available for inspection by the Department of Agriculture (DOAg) commissioner. The act requires intrastate retail raw milk dealers with 10 or more milking-aged animals and retail raw milk producers to test each tank truck load of milk or milk products for drug residue. It also eliminates the requirement that hard cheese be clearly marked with a last sale date.

The act adds the camel family (llamas and camels) to the definition of livestock under the laws concerning domestic or commercial use and domestic animal diseases.

It allows the commissioner to determine alternate ways to identify livestock other than by branding. It adds livestock identification to the list of things about which the DOAg commissioner may make orders and regulations to prevent the spread of contagious and infectious disease among livestock. It also (1) makes discretionary, instead of mandatory, the $100 fine for violating the commissioner's or his assistants' orders or regulations or obstructing or attempting to obstruct his orders and (2) adds an administrative civil penalty in lieu of imprisonment for such violations.

The act also makes several minor and technical changes.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage, except for the provisions concerning the camel family, livestock sales, and alternate animal identification methods, which are effective October 1, 2006.

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