(a) Embargo orders: When the commissioner has reasonable cause to believe any lot of commercial feed is being manufactured, distributed, offered for sale, exposed for sale, or used in this state in violation of the provisions of this article or any rule promulgated hereunder, then he/she may issue and enforce a written embargo order, warning the custodian of the commercial feed not to manufacture, distribute, use, remove, or dispose of the commercial feed in any manner until the embargo is released by the commissioner or by court order.
When the embargo is issued, the commissioner shall affix a tag or other marking to the commercial feed and/or to the manufacturing device warning that such product or process is under embargo and notify the custodian that he/she has a right to request an immediate hearing.
The commissioner shall release the commercial feed so embargoed when said commercial feed has been brought into compliance with this article and its rules.
The commissioner shall have the authority to issue an embargo against a perishable product, even if the result is the involuntary disposal of the product.
The commissioner may take action to seize and condemn any product if not brought into compliance with this article and the rules issued hereunder, within ninety days of the notice to the custodian.
(b) Condemnation and confiscation: Any commercial feed not in compliance with the provisions of this article or the rules promulgated hereunder shall be subject to condemnation and confiscation on complaint of the commissioner to the circuit court of the county in which the commercial feed in question is located. Jurisdiction is hereby conferred upon the circuit courts to hear and determine such matter.
If the court finds that the commercial feed is in violation of the provisions of this article or its rules and should be confiscated, then the court shall order the condemnation and confiscation of such commercial feed and its disposition in a manner consistent with the quality of such commercial feed which is not in violation of any other laws of this state: Provided, That the owner thereof must first be given an opportunity to process or relabel such commercial feed or dispose of the same in full compliance with the provisions of this article and its rules.
(c) Injunctions: Upon application by the commissioner, the circuit court of the county in which the violation is occurring, has occurred or is about to occur, may grant a temporary or permanent injunction restraining any person from violating or continuing to violate any of the provisions of this article or any rule promulgated hereunder. An injunction shall be issued without bond.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2014 1st Special Session
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