Subject 40-12-5 LABELING REQUIREMENTS
Analysis tags or labels shall substantially comply with the following formats, according to the kind being marketed.
|(a)||Agricultural Seed Label
|(1)||Requirements for Labeling Tags and
|(3)||Hybrid Seed. Seed shall not be designated in labeling as "hybrid" seed unless it comes within the definition of "hybrid" in Code section 2-11-21.|
|(6)||Lawn and Turf Seed Mixtures.
|(7)||Open Containers of Seed.
|(8)||Colorant Dyeing of Treated Seed. All seed bearing a seed treatment in excess of a recognized tolerance or for which no tolerance or exemption from tolerance is recognized by the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act shall be denatured by a suitable colorant dye to impart an unnatural color to the seed to prevent their subsequent use as food for man or animal.|
|(9)||Use of Disclaimers. A disclaimer, nonwarranty, or limited warranty used in any invoice or other labeling, or advertisement shall not directly or indirectly deny or modify any information required by the Georgia Seed Law, Rules and Regulations.|
|(10)||Mixed Cowpeas. Cowpeas (a.k.a. southernpeas) consisting of mixed varieties may be sold by labeling them as "mixed cowpeas" or "mixed southernpeas." The percentage of pure seed shall represent all cowpeas and a germination test shall be based on a uniform sample of all varieties in the seed lot. Cowpeas shall be labeled "mixed" when they contain more than one other variety or a combination of other varieties in excess of five (5) percent by weight.|
|(11)||Soybean Lots Containing Cowpeas. Soybean seed lots containing cowpeas or southernpeas are prohibited from being sold, offered for sale, exposed for sale or transported within this state.|
|(12)||Labeling Hard Seed or Dormant Seed. Pursuant to Code section 2-11-22, when hard seed or dormant seed occurs in a seed lot, the label shall show the percentage of such in addition to the percent germination. Following this information, the 'total germination and hard seed' or 'total germination and dormant seed' may be stated as such, if desired.|
|(13)||Relabeling Expired Tags.
Relabeling expired tags by obtaining a new germination test and subsequently
updating or replacing the old tag is the responsibility of the dealer on whose
premises the seed are located. The following information shall appear on a
label for relabeling seeds in their original containers:
|(1)||Agricultural or vegetable seeds packaged in hermetically sealed containers may be sold, exposed for sale, or offered for sale or transportation for a period of 24 months after the last day of the month that the seeds were tested for germination prior to packaging. If seeds in hermetically sealed containers are sold, exposed for sale, or offered for sale or transportation more than 24 months after the last day of the month in which they were tested prior to packaging, they must have been retested within a nine (9) month period, exclusive of the calendar month in which the retest was completed, immediately prior to sale, exposure for sale, or offering for sale or transportation.|
following standards, requirements and conditions must be met before seed is
considered to be hermetically sealed under the provisions of this Act.
The requirements of Code section 2-11-22(i) of the Georgia Seed Law stating that flower seeds shall be labeled with, "the name of the kind and variety or a statement of type and performance characteristics as prescribed in the rules and regulations promulgated under the provisions of this Act," shall be met as follows:
|(a)|| For seeds of plants grown primarily for
|(b)||For seeds of plants grown for ornamental purposes other than their blooms, the kind and variety shall be stated, or the kind shall be stated together with a descriptive statement concerning the ornamental part of the plant, for example, "Ornamental Gourds, Small Fruited, Mixed."|
|(a)|| Each container of agricultural,
vegetable, and flower seeds distributed for sowing purposes in a non-commercial
setting shall bear thereon or have attached thereto in a conspicuous place a
plainly written or printed label or tag in the English language, conveying the
|(b)||The seed shall be free of foreign material, other than coatings or treatments, including germination medium, mulch, fertilizer, pre-planted containers, mats, tapes, or other planting devices.|
|(c)||No distributed container shall hold more than eight (8) ounces of agricultural seed or four (4) ounces of vegetable or flower seed.|
|(d)||Germination and purity analysis is not required, however if a germination or purity percentage is noted on the label, it must be noted whether or not the analysis was performed according to the AOSA rules for testing seed.|
|(e)||At each location involved with non-commercial seed sharing a legible and visible sign shall state that the seeds being distributed may not meet germination or varietal purity standards prescribed by the state seed law. The sign must also state that patented seed or varieties protected by the Plant Variety Protection Act will not be accepted or distributed without permission of the certificate holder.|