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15.17.01.00.htm 15.17.01.00. Title 15 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Subtitle 17 CERTIFICATION OF FRUIT Chapter 01 Controlled Atmosphere Storage of Fruit Authority: Agriculture Article ยง10-602 and 10-703, Annotated Code of Maryland
15.17.01.01.htm 15.17.01.01. 01 Definitions.. A. In these regulations, the following terms have the meanings indicated:. B. Terms Defined.. 1) "Department" means the Maryland Department of Agriculture.. 2) "Secretary" means the Secretary of Agriculture or his designee.. 3) "Person" means any individual, corporation, partnership, association, firm, or other business entity.4) "MD-CA" or "Maryland Controlled Atmosphere Storage" is a mark or grade of quality certified by the Department which indica
15.17.01.02.htm 15.17.01.02. 02 Application for "MD-CA" Certification.. Upon request, the Secretary may mark fruit as "MD-CA" certified. Requests for certification shall be made on a form as provided by the Department. Before certification, the Department shall inspect and approve each storage facility to insure its fitness to store "MD-CA" fruit. An applicant shall agree to pay to the Department a reasonable fee for any service as provided in this chapter.
15.17.01.03.htm 15.17.01.03. 03 Prohibition.. Unless approved by the Secretary, a person may not mark a container as "MD-CA" in any manner that indicates that it conforms to the grade or quality standards as provided in this chapter.
15.17.01.04.htm 15.17.01.04. 04 Standards for "MD-CA" Certified Fruits.. The Secretary shall certify and mark fruit as "MD-CA" certified if it conforms to all of the following standards:A. Fruit shall be refrigerated immediately after harvesting and shall be sealed in a controlled atmosphere storage facility within 30 days after harvesting.B. The oxygen content of a facility shall be reduced to 5 percent of the facility's volume within 20 cumulative calendar days after the facility's initial sealing.
15.17.01.05.htm 15.17.01.05. 05 Storage Facilities.. The Secretary shall approve each facility for the storage of fruit. Upon approval, the Secretary shall assign a facility number which shall be preceded by the letters "MD-CA" The "MD-CA" number and the facility number shall be in letters and figures not less than 1/4 inch high and shall appear on all master cartons or shipping containers.
15.17.01.06.htm 15.17.01.06. 06 Records and Reports.. A. Records.. 1) A person whose fruit is certified "MD-CA" shall keep accurate daily records on forms approved by the Department.2) Records shall be made available to the Department upon request and shall be kept for 1 year from harvest.3) Records shall include the following:. a) Full name and address of applicant;. b) Number and storage capacity of each facility;. c) Date of sealing of the facility;. d) Date of opening of the facility;.
15.17.01.07.htm 15.17.01.07. 07 Certification Refusal.. The secretary may refuse to grade or to mark a person's fruit as "MD-CA" for failing to comply with the requirements of this chapter. An applicant who is denied "MD-CA" may request a hearing before the Secretary.
15.17.01.9999.htm 15.17.01.9999. Administrative History Effective date: October 12, 1981 (8:20 Md. R. 1637).
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