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 A certificate issued under this section, unless superseded by a finding as provided in sub.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 All licenses, unless sooner rescinded or revoked, shall expire on September 30 of the 2nd year commencing after the date of issuance or renewal.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
The department shall deny an application for the issuance or renewal of a license, registration, registration certificate or certification specified in sub. (1)
or shall suspend or restrict a license, registration, registration certificate or certification specified in sub. (1)
for failure to make court-ordered payments of child or family support, maintenance, birth expenses, medical expenses or other expenses related to the support of a child or a former spouse or failure to comply, after appropriate notice, with a subpoena or warrant issued by the department of children and families or a county child support agency under s. 59.53 (5)
and relating to paternity or child support proceedings, as required in a memorandum of understanding under s. 49.857
The department shall deny an application for the issuance or renewal of certification or registration under s. 168.23 (3)
, or shall suspend or restrict such a certification or registration, if the department of revenue certifies under s. 73.0301
that the holder of the certification or registration is liable for delinquent taxes or if the department of workforce development certifies under s. 108.227
that the holder of the certification or registration is liable for delinquent unemployment insurance contributions.
The department shall deny an application for an initial license, certification, or permit issued under s. 89.06
, or, if applicable, an application for renewal of that license, certification, or permit or revoke a license, certification, or permit issued under s. 89.06
, or 89.073
to an individual for whom the department receives a record of a declaration under s. 54.25 (2) (c) 1. d.
stating that the individual is incompetent to apply for or hold that license, certification, or permit.
Power to conduct hearings; secure evidence; witness fees. 93.14(1)(1)
The department or any of its authorized agents may, in relation to any matter within the department's power, conduct hearings, administer oaths, issue subpoenas and take testimony.
The witnesses and officers who subpoena them shall be entitled to the fees allowed in courts of record. Such fees shall be audited and paid by the state in the same manner as other expenses of the department are audited and paid. No witness subpoenaed at the instance of any party other than the department shall be entitled to payment of fees by the state, unless the department certifies that the testimony of such witness was material.
Any person who shall unlawfully fail to attend as a witness or refuse to testify may be coerced as provided in s. 885.12
A record of all hearings shall be kept in the office of the department. All hearings shall be public.
Reports to department; inspections. 93.15(1)(1)
The department may, by general or special order, require persons engaged in business to file with the department, at such time and in such manner as the department may direct, sworn or unsworn reports or sworn or unsworn answers in writing to specific questions, as to any matter which the department may investigate.
The department or any of its authorized agents may have access to and may copy any document, or any part thereof, which is in the possession or under the control of any person engaged in business, if such document, or such part thereof, is relevant to any matter which the department may investigate.
No person shall refuse or fail to render any report or answer required under this section at such time and in such manner as the department may prescribe. No person shall refuse, neglect or fail to submit, for the purpose of inspection or copying, any document demanded under this section. No person shall willfully make any false entry or statement in any report or answer required or document demanded under this section. No person shall willfully fail to make full and true entries and statements in any report or answer required or document demanded under this section. No person shall, for the purpose of embarrassing the department in the conduct of any investigation, hearing or proceeding, remove out of the state or mutilate or alter any document. No person shall, except through judicial process, resist or obstruct any official or subordinate of the department in the exercise of the official's or subordinate's lawful authority.
History: 1993 a. 492