923.47 Right of entry for inspection.

(A) For the purpose of enforcing sections 923.41 to 923.55 of the Revised Code and any rules adopted under those sections, the director of agriculture, or his agent, to the extent he considers necessary, upon presenting credentials and a written inspection notice to the person in charge, may enter, during regular business hours, any factory, warehouse, or establishment where commercial feeds are manufactured, processed, packed, or held for distribution or any vehicle used to transport or hold feeds in order to inspect within a reasonable time and manner the factory, warehouse, establishment, vehicle, and any equipment, finished and unfinished materials, containers, and labeling. The inspection may include verification of only such records and production and control procedures as necessary to determine compliance with the good manufacturing practice rules for drug-containing feeds adopted by rule under section 923.48 of the Revised Code. Official samples may be taken during the inspection. Upon completion of the inspection, the person in charge shall be so notified.

If any official sample of commercial feed is taken during the inspection, at the completion of the inspection and prior to leaving the premises, the director or his agent shall give the person in charge a receipt that describes any sample taken and provide him with a portion of any sample if the person in charge so requests.

At any time that the director is refused admittance to inspect, he may obtain a search warrant describing what is to be inspected from a judge of a court of record in the jurisdiction where the inspection is to take place.

(B) For the purpose of enforcing sections 923.41 to 923.55 of the Revised Code and any rules adopted under those sections, the director of agriculture, or his agent, to the extent he considers necessary, upon the presentation of credentials, shall enter during regular business hours upon any public or private premises, including any vehicle used to transport or hold feeds, to obtain official samples of commercial feed and to examine any records that relate to the distribution of feed sampled.

(C) The director shall maintain a laboratory with equipment and personnel necessary to effectively administer and enforce sections 923.41 to 923.55 of the Revised Code and the rules adopted under those sections. The methods of sampling and analysis shall be those adopted by the association of official agricultural chemists and other generally recognized sources prescribed by the director by rule.

(D) The results of all analyses of official samples of commercial feed shall be forwarded to the distributor and to the purchaser.

(E) Analytical tolerances shall be governed by rules adopted by the director.

Cite as R.C. § 923.47

History. Effective Date: 07-27-1990