15.22.03.14

.14 Use of Logos.

A. Conditions of Use. A person possessing an approved permit under this subtitle may use the Maryland certified organic or Maryland organic certification pending logo, whichever is appropriate, on containers, labels, tags, signs, stickers, decals, or other packaging, promotional, or informational materials subject to the requirements of this subtitle and the approval of the Department.

B. Use of Maryland Certified Organic Logo. A product meeting the requirements of Regulation .02A of this chapter may be sold or labeled using the Maryland certified organic logo.

C. Use of Maryland Organic Certification Pending Logo. A product meeting the requirements of Regulation .02B of this chapter may be sold or labeled using the Maryland organic certification pending logo.

D. Prohibited Use. Unless the product meets the requirements of this subtitle, it may not be represented as being either Maryland certified organic or Maryland organic certification pending.

E. Use by Retailers and Distributors.

(1) The Department may grant permission to market Maryland certified organic or Maryland organic certification pending products to retailers and distributors who agree to comply with the requirements of this subtitle.

(2) Permitted retailers shall conspicuously display the certification permit to sell Maryland certified organic products in each store where the product is offered for sale.

(3) A certified retailer may use a Department-approved sign to identify only certified products by a producer holding a Maryland approved certification permit.

(4) Certified retailers shall adopt measures to ensure that products bearing a Maryland organic logo are easily identifiable to consumers and clearly distinguishable and separated from similar products that are not Maryland certified organic.

F. Accidental Contamination or Commingling. A retailer or distributor may not use either Maryland logo on, or represent as Maryland certified organic, food that is known to contain materials prohibited by this subtitle or that has been commingled with other food during distribution or stocking.

G. Fresh, raw, unpackaged food bearing either of the Maryland logos may be retailed in Maryland only by the producer or a retailer in possession of a Maryland permit.

H. Fresh, raw, unpackaged food bearing either of the Maryland logos may be distributed in Maryland only by the producer or a distributor in possession of a Maryland permit.