2016 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Title 4 - Agriculture And Domestic Animals
Section 4:8-17.15 - Seed Container Labels

NJ Rev Stat § 4:8-17.15 (2016) What's This?

4:8-17.15. Seed container labels
Each container of agricultural, vegetable, flower, tree and shrub seeds which is sold, offered for sale, or exposed for sale, or transported within this State for sowing purposes shall bear thereon or have attached thereto or in a conspicuous place on the exterior of the container a plainly written or printed label or tag in the English language, in legible type or in script specifying:

(a) For all seeds:

(1) The name and address of the person who labeled said seed, or who sells, offers for sale, exposes for sale within this State.

(b) For agricultural seeds (except for lawn and turf seed as provided in (c)):

(1) Commonly accepted name, in the order of its predominance, of the kind or kind and variety, of each agricultural seed component in excess of 5% of the whole, and the percentage by weight of each, provided that, if the variety of those kinds labeled as to variety in rules and regulations of this State or the federal government is not stated on the label, the label shall show the name of the kind and the words, "Variety Not Stated." Hybrids shall be labeled as hybrids. Where more than one component is required to be named, the word "mixture" or the word "mixed" shall be shown conspicuously on the label.

(2) Lot number or other lot identification.

(3) Origin (state or foreign country), if known, of alfalfa, red clover and field corn (except hybrid corn). If the origin is unknown, the fact shall be stated.

(4) Percentage by weight of all weed seeds.

(5) The name and rate of occurrence per pound of each kind of restricted noxious weed seed present.

(6) Percentage by weight of agricultural seeds (which may be designated as "crop seeds") other than those required to be named on the label.

(7) Percentage by weight of inert matter.

(8) For each named agricultural seed:

(A) Percentage of germination, exclusive of hard seed.

(B) Percentage of hard seeds, if present.

(C) The calendar month and year the test was completed to determine such percentage. Following (A) and (B) the "total germination and hard seed" may be stated as such, if desired.

(9) For seeds placed in a germination medium, mat, tape or other device in such a way as to make it difficult to determine the quantity of seed without removing it from the medium, mat, tape or device, the minimum number of seeds per square foot shall be indicated.

(c) For lawn and turf seed and mixtures of that seed:

(1) The commonly accepted name of the kind or kind and variety, or both, of each agricultural seed component in excess of 5.0% of the whole and the percentage by weight of pure seed of each.

(A) For mixtures the word "mixed" or "mixture" shall be stated with the name of the mixture on the principal display panels; and

(B) For mixtures, all components shall be listed in the order of their predominance and in columnar form. Percentages shall be listed under headings "Pure Seed" and "Germination or Germ."

(2) Percentage by weight of all agricultural seed except those required to be named on the label and which shall be designated "crop seed." If the mixture contains no other crop seed, the following statement may be used on the label "Contains No Other Crop Seeds."

(3) Percentage by weight of all weed seeds. Maximum weed seed content shall not exceed 1% by weight.

(4) Percentage by weight of inert matter shall not exceed 15% by weight. Foreign material not common to grass seed shall not be added.

(5) Lot number or other lot identification.

(6) Name and rate of occurrence per pound of each kind of restricted noxious weed seed present listed under the heading "Noxious Weed Seeds," or "Undesirable Grass Seeds" or as otherwise specified by rule or regulation adopted by the State Board of Agriculture.

(7) The percentage of germination, exclusive of hard seed; hard seed, if present, and the calendar month and year that the germination test was completed. If a single test date is used, it shall be that of the oldest tested component.

(8) Net weight.

(d) For vegetable seeds in containers of one pound or less:

(1) Name of kind and variety of seed.

(2) For seeds which germinate more than the standard last established by the rules and regulations under this act:

(A) The year for which packaged or put up, provided that the words "packed for" shall precede the year, or the percentage of germination and the month and year the test was completed to determine such percentage.

(3) For seeds which germinate less than the standard last established by the rules and regulations under this act:

(A) Percentage of germination, exclusive of hard seed;

(B) Percentage of hard seed if present;

(C) The calendar month and year the test was completed to determine such percentages;

(D) The words "below standard" in not less than 8-point type.

(4) For seeds placed in a germination medium, mat, tape or other device in such a way to make it difficult to determine the quantity of seed without removing it the label must bear a statement to indicate the minimum number of seeds in the container.

(5) Lot identification, such as by lot number or other means.

(6) For seeds without an established germination standard in the rules and regulations promulgated under the New Jersey State Seed Law (Revision of 1963), P.L. 1963, c. 29 (C. 4:8-17.13 et seq.):

(A) Percentage of germination, exclusive of hard seed;

(B) Percentage of hard seed, if present; and

(C) The calendar month and year the test was completed to determine the percentages.

(e) For vegetable seeds in containers of more than one pound:

(1) The name of each kind and variety present in excess of 5% and the percentage by weight of each.

(2) Lot number or other lot identification.

(3) For each named vegetable seed:

(A) The percentage of germination, exclusive of hard seed;

(B) The percentage of hard seed if present;

(C) The calendar month and year the test was completed to determine such percentages.

Following (A) and (B) the "total germination and hard seed" may be stated as such if desired.

(4) The labeling requirements for vegetable seeds in containers of more than one pound shall be deemed to have been met if the seed is weighed from a properly labeled container in the presence of the purchaser.

(f) For flower seeds in containers intended for use in home gardens or household planting or in preplanted containers, mats, tapes, or other planting devices:

(1) For all kinds of flower seeds:

(A) 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;

(B) The calendar month and year seed was tested or the year for which the seed was packaged; and

(C) The name and address of the person who labeled said seed, or who sells, offers, or exposes said seed for sale within this State.

(2) For seeds of those kinds for which standard testing procedures are prescribed and which germinate less than the germination standard last established under the rules and regulations of this act:

(A) The percentage of germination exclusive of hard seed;

(B) The words "below standard" in not less than 8-point type.

(3) For seeds placed in a germination medium, mat, tape, or other device in such a way as to make it difficult to determine the quantity of seed without removing the seeds from the medium, mat, tape, or device, a statement to indicate the minimum number of seeds in the container.

(4) For seeds without an established germination standard in the rules and regulations under the New Jersey Seed Law (Revision of 1963), P.L. 1963, c. 29 (C. 4:8-17.13 et seq.):

(A) Percentage of germination, exclusive of hard seed;

(B) Percentage of hard seed, if present; and

(C) The calendar month and year the test was completed to determine the percentages.

(g) For flower seeds in containers other than those intended for use in home gardens or household planting, preplanted containers, mats, tapes, or other planting devices as described in the rules and regulations:

(1) The name of the kind and variety or a statement of type and performance characteristics as prescribed in rules and regulations promulgated under the provisions of this act;

(2) The lot number or other lot identification;

(3) The calendar month and year that the seed was tested;

(4) The name and address of the person who labeled said seed or who sells, offers, or exposes said seed for sale within this State; and

(5) For those kinds of seeds for which standard testing procedures are prescribed by the rules and regulations:

(A) The percentage of germination exclusive of hard seed;

(B) The percentage of hard seed, if present.

(h) For agricultural seeds that are coated:

(1) Percentage of pure seeds with coating material removed.

(2) Percentage of coating material shall be shown as a separate item in close association with the percentage of inert matter.

(3) Percentage of germination shall be determined on 400 pellets with or without seeds.

(4) In addition to the provisions of this subsection, labeling of agricultural seeds that are coated shall comply with the requirements of subsections (a), (b) and (c) of this section.

(i) For tree and shrub seeds:

(1) Common name of the species of seed, and, if appropriate the subspecies.

(2) The scientific name of the genus and species and, if appropriate, the subspecies.

(3) Lot number or other lot identification.

(4) Origin:

(A) For seed collected from a predominantly indigenous stand, the area of collection given by latitude and longitude, or geographic description, or political subdivision such as state or county; and

(B) For seed collected from other than a predominantly indigenous stand, the area of collection and the origin of the stand or state "Origin Not Indigenous."

(5) The elevation of the upper and lower limits of elevations within which the seed was collected.

(6) Purity as a percentage of pure seed by weight.

(7) For those species for which standard germination testing procedures are prescribed by the State Seed Analyst, the following:

(A) Percentage germination exclusive of hard seed;

(B) Percentage of hard seed, if present; and

(C) The calendar month and year the test was completed to determine the percentages.

In lieu of the provisions of subparagraphs (A), (B), and (C) of this paragraph, the seed may be labeled, if appropriate, "Test is in process, results will be supplied upon request."

(8) For those species for which standard germination testing procedures have not been prescribed by the State Seed Analyst the calendar year in which the seed was collected.

L. 1963, c. 29, s. 3; amended by L. 1968, c. 198, s. 2; 1984, c. 201, s. 6; 1987, c. 242, s. 1.


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