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NO. 39. AN ACT RELATING TO REGULATORY EFFORTS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, FOOD AND MARKETS.

(H.490)

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1. 6 V.S.A. 369 is amended to read:

369. ADULTERATION

No person shall distribute an adulterated lime or fertilizer product. A fertilizer or lime shall be deemed to be adulterated if:

(1) it contains any deleterious or harmful ingredient in an amount sufficient to render it injurious to beneficial plant life when applied in accordance with directions for use on the label, or if adequate warning statements or directions for use which may be necessary to protect plant life are not shown on the label;

(2) its composition falls below or differs from that which it is purported to possess by its labeling; *[or

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(3) it contains crop seed or weed seed; or

(4) it contains heavy metals, radioactive substances or synthetic organics in amounts sufficient to render it injurious to livestock or human health when applied in accordance with directions for use on the label, or if adequate warning statements or directions for use which may be necessary to protect livestock or human health are not shown on the label.

Sec. 2. 6 V.S.A. 2672(25) is added to read:

(25) Definitions and standards of milk products not herein defined shall be those established by federal agencies and published in the Code of Federal Regulations.

Sec. 3. 6 V.S.A. 2701(a) is amended to read:

(a) The commissioner, in accordance with chapter 25 of Title 3, shall promulgate, and may amend and rescind, dairy sanitation regulations relating to dairy products and imitation dairy products to enforce this chapter including but not limited to: labeling, weighing, measuring and testing facilities, buildings, equipment, methods, procedures, health of animals, health and capability of personnel and quality standards. *[Regulations in effect on July 1, 1965, shall continue in force until amended or terminated as provided in this subsection.]* In addition, the uniform regulation for sanitation requirements, as adopted by the National Conference on Interstate Milk Shippers, and published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Food and Drug Administration, Grade A Pasteurized Milk Ordinance, together with amendments, supplements and revisions thereto, are adopted as part of this chapter, except as modified or rejected by regulation.

Sec. 4. REPEAL

9 V.S.A. 2694 (sale weight of butter and margarine) is repealed.

Sec. 5. 20 V.S.A. 3581(d) is amended to read:

(d) Before obtaining a license for a dog or wolf-hybrid six months of age or older, a person shall deliver to the municipal clerk a certificate or a certified copy thereof *[signed]* issued by a duly licensed veterinarian, stating that the dog or wolf-hybrid has received a current preexposure rabies vaccination with a vaccine approved by the commissioner, and the person shall certify that the dog or wolf-hybrid described in the certificate or copy is the dog or wolf-hybrid to be licensed. The municipal clerk shall keep the certificates or copies thereof on file. The commissioner shall prescribe the size and format of rabies certificates. The owner of any such dog or wolf-hybrid shall maintain a copy of the rabies vaccination form and provide it to state or municipal officials upon request.

Sec. 6. 6 V.S.A. chapter 207 is amended to read:

CHAPTER 207. STATE AGENCIES AND STATE-FUNDED INSTITUTIONS TO PURCHASE VERMONT PRODUCTS

4601. VERMONT PRODUCTS

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The]* When purchasing agricultural products, the secretary of administration, the commissioner of buildings and general services *[and chief of administration]* *[, when purchasing agricultural products]* *[for any state agency shall]* and any state-funded institutions shall, other considerations being equal, purchase products grown or produced in Vermont when available and when they meet quality standards established by the commissioner of agriculture, food and markets.

Approved: June 13, 2001