Whenever the department finds that any person marketing or having in his or her possession any product or receptacle to which the standard is applicable has intentionally violated sub. (8)
, the department, after opportunity for hearing has been given to that person, may, by special order, do any of the following:
Revoke the person's right to represent any product or receptacle to which the standard is applicable as being of any grade contained in the standard.
Require the person to mark or tag the product or receptacle as provided in sub. (4)
The department may, without hearing, suspend the right described in par. (a) 1.
for a period not exceeding 10 days, pending investigation.
The department may restore the right to any person from whom it has been revoked if the person gives satisfactory evidence warranting restoration.
Whenever any standard is established under this section the department, by regulation, may require any person marketing products or receptacles to which such standard is applicable to secure a permit and pay uniform fees to the department sufficient to cover the cost of the supervision of the grading and inspection provided for in the standard.
See also chs. ATCP 87
, and 159
, Wis. adm. code.
Inspector's certificate. 93.10(1)(1)
The department, as a means of enforcing the standard for the grade of any food product or farm product or for any receptacle therefor, may, by general order, after public hearing, require any such product or receptacle to bear the official certificate of an inspector licensed under s. 93.11
Whenever the department has required any product or receptacle to bear the official certificate of an inspector licensed under s. 93.11
, no person marketing or having in his or her possession for commercial purposes any such product or receptacle shall remove, mutilate or alter the official certificate thereon or represent such product or receptacle, unless in a manner authorized by the department, as being of any grade other than the grade designated by the official certificate thereon, except as to products or receptacles included in s. 93.09 (2)
; and no person shall market or have in his or her possession for commercial purposes any such product or receptacle unless such product or receptacle bears the official certificate of an inspector licensed under s. 93.11
, except as to products or receptacles included in s. 93.09 (2)
; provided, that such a product or receptacle may be marketed or had in possession without an official certificate issued at the point of shipment if such product or receptacle is destined for shipment to a point within the state, where the shipper has arranged for the issuance of an official certificate; provided, further, that possession under this section, shall not include possession by a carrier or other bailee.
History: 1993 a. 492
Licensing of inspectors. 93.11(1)(1)
Except as provided in s. 93.135
, the department, upon presentation of satisfactory evidence that the applicant is competent, may issue a license to any person to certify the grade of food products or farm products or of receptacles therefor, for which standards have become effective under s. 93.09
. The purpose of such certification may be either to enforce the standard or merely to furnish to an interested party an official statement of the grade. A certificate issued under this section, unless superseded by a finding as provided in sub. (4)
, shall be accepted in any court of this state as prima facie evidence of the facts to which the certificate relates.
Applications for a license, or any renewal of a license, shall be submitted on forms prescribed by the department and be accompanied by a fee of $25. All licenses, unless sooner rescinded or revoked, shall expire on September 30 of the 2nd year commencing after the date of issuance or renewal. As a condition to the issuance or renewal of a license, applicants shall demonstrate to the satisfaction of the department their competency to act as an inspector by education, training, experience or examination as the department requires.
The department may, by general order after public hearing, fix and cause to be collected a reasonable, uniform fee for certification where necessary for the adequate enforcement of an order issued under s. 93.10
. The department shall fix and cause to be collected a reasonable, uniform fee for certification where the purpose of such certification is merely to furnish to an interested party an official statement of the grade.
Any person affected by a certification made under this section may appeal to the department from such certification within a reasonable time to be prescribed in regulations issued by the department. The department shall thereupon make an investigation to determine the true grade of the product or receptacle and shall issue a finding thereof. Such a finding shall be accepted in any court of this state as prima facie evidence of the facts to which the finding relates.
The department shall charge and collect a reasonable fee for any appeal taken under this section but shall refund such fee if the appeal is sustained.
The department, after opportunity for hearing has been given the licensee, may, by special order, revoke any license issued under this section, whenever the department finds any of the following:
That the licensee has made material false statements in order to obtain a license.
That the licensee has knowingly or carelessly issued any false or improper certificate of grade.
That the licensee has accepted money or other consideration, directly or indirectly, as compensation for any neglect or improper performance of duty.
The department may, without hearing, suspend a licensee's right to act under this section for a period not exceeding 10 days, pending investigation.
The department may restore the license of any person whose license has been revoked under this subsection if the person gives satisfactory evidence warranting restoration.
No person shall certify or attempt to certify that the grade of any food product or farm product or of any receptacle therefor conforms or does not conform to the standard established under s. 93.09
, unless such person holds an unrevoked and unsuspended license issued under this section. No person shall influence or attempt to influence any licensee to neglect or improperly perform the licensee's duty. No licensee shall knowingly issue any false or improper certificate of grade or accept money or other consideration, directly or indirectly, as compensation for any neglect or improper performance of the licensee's duty.
shall not apply to inspectors licensed under this section who receive no salary or are handled merely upon a fee basis.
Laboratories, approval of. 93.12(1)(1)
It is the purpose of this section to assure the reliability and quality of manual and automated laboratory examinations made for the protection of the health of the public.
Any laboratory that is established and operated to perform bacteriological or microscopic examinations of milk, water and food products for the purpose of protecting the health of the public shall apply to the department for an evaluation of the examinations and appropriate certification.
The department shall designate which laboratory examinations it deems necessary for the protection of the health of the public. Substantial failure of any laboratory to show evidence of quality control procedures, sufficient to comply with current standards and practice as prescribed by the department, shall result in denial or revocation of the certificate of approval. The department shall provide for consultation on laboratory methods and procedures.
The department, after conducting an evaluation for each specialty area and after receiving a fee for each specialty area from the laboratory, shall issue a certificate of approval to the laboratory covering those examinations which have met the minimum standards established by the department. The department shall issue an interim certificate of approval for an approved laboratory that applies for initial certification, which shall be valid for the remainder of the calendar year for which it is issued. Certification renewals shall be issued on a calendar-year basis. Specialty fees for certification of an initially certified laboratory and a certified laboratory that applies to expand its current certification with newly established specialties shall be prorated at one-twelfth of the annual fee for each month remaining in the calendar year for which the certificate of approval is issued. A certificate of approval shall be revoked by the department if the minimum standards established by the department for certification are not met within 2 successive evaluations. Fees collected under this subsection shall be credited to the appropriation under s. 20.115 (1) (gb)
The department shall establish uniform minimum standards to be used in the evaluation and certification of laboratory examinations. The department shall submit any rules proposed under this subsection which affect the laboratory certification program under s. 299.11
to the department of natural resources and to the state laboratory of hygiene for review and comment. These rules may not take effect unless they are approved by the department of natural resources within 6 months after submission.
Laboratories required to apply to the department under sub. (2)
shall not operate without a certificate of approval. Any lab which operates without a certificate of approval shall be fined not less than $100 nor more than $1,000. Each day such violation continues shall constitute a separate offense.
The department shall promulgate rules establishing a fee schedule to offset the cost of the certification of laboratories and the collection of fees under sub. (4)
The department shall enter into a memorandum of understanding with the department of natural resources setting forth the responsibilities of each department in administering the laboratory certification programs under sub. (5)
and s. 299.11
. The memorandum of understanding shall include measures to be taken by each department to avoid duplication of application and compliance procedures for laboratory certification.
The department shall recognize the certification or registration of a laboratory by the department of natural resources under s. 299.11
and shall accept the results of any test conducted by a laboratory certified or registered to conduct that category of test under that section.
See also ch. ATCP 77
, Wis. adm. code.
License denial, nonrenewal, suspension or restriction based on failure to pay support, taxes, or unemployment insurance contributions. 93.135(1)(1)
Except as provided in sub. (1m)
, the department shall require each applicant who is an individual to provide the department with the applicant's social security number as a condition of issuing or renewing any of the following:
If an individual who applies for the issuance or renewal of a license, registration, registration certificate or certification specified in sub. (1)
does not have a social security number, the department shall require the applicant, as a condition of issuing or renewing the license, registration, registration certificate or certification, to submit a statement made or subscribed under oath or affirmation that the applicant does not have a social security number. The statement shall be in the form prescribed by the department of children and families.
A license, registration, registration certificate or certification specified in sub. (1)
that is issued in reliance on a statement submitted under par. (a)
is invalid if the statement is false.
The department of agriculture, trade and consumer protection may not disclose any information received under sub. (1)
to any person except to the department of children and families in accordance with a memorandum of understanding under s. 49.857