1327.51 Entry on premises - orders to prevent violation - seizure of property - hearing.

(A) When necessary for the enforcement of sections 1327.46 to 1327.61 of the Revised Code or rules adopted pursuant thereto, the director of agriculture and any weights and measures official acting under the authority of section 1327.52 of the Revised Code may do any of the following:

(1) Enter any commercial premises during normal business hours, except that in the event such premises are not open to the public, the director or official shall first present the director's or official's credentials and obtain consent before making entry thereto, unless a search warrant previously has been obtained;

(2) Issue stop-use, hold, and removal orders with respect to any weights and measures commercially used, and stop-sale, hold, and removal orders with respect to any packaged commodities or bulk commodity observed to be or believed to be sold;

(3) Seize for use as evidence any incorrect or unapproved weight or measure or any package or commodity found to be used, retained, or sold in violation of sections 1327.46 to 1327.61 of the Revised Code or rules adopted pursuant thereto.

(B) The director shall afford an opportunity for a hearing in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code to any owner or operator whose property is seized by the department of agriculture.

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.28, HB 153, §101.01, eff. 6/30/2011.

Effective Date: 06-20-1994