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e-CFR data is current as of February 13, 2020

Title 7Subtitle BChapter ISubchapter KPart 201 → Subject Group


Title 7: Agriculture
PART 201—FEDERAL SEED ACT REGULATIONS


labeling vegetable seeds

§201.25   Contents of the label.

Vegetable seed in packets and in larger containers shall be labeled with the required information in any form that is clearly legible. Any tag used shall be securely attached to the container. The label may contain information in addition to that required by the act, provided such information is not misleading.

[5 FR 31, Jan. 4, 1940]

§201.26   Kind, variety, and hybrid.

The label shall bear the name of each kind and variety present as determined in accordance with §201.34. The name shall not have affixed thereto words or terms that create a misleading impression as to the history or characteristics of kind or variety. If two or more kinds or varieties are present, the percentage of each shall be shown. If any one kind or variety named on the label is “hybrid” seed, it shall be so designated on the label. If two or more kinds or varieties are named on the label, each that is hybrid shall be shown as “hybrid” on the label. Any kind or variety that is less than 95 percent but more than 75 percent hybrid seed as a result of incompletely controlled pollination in a cross shall be labeled to show (a) the percentage that is hybrid seed or (b) a statement such as “Contains from 75 percent to 95 percent hybrid seed.” No one kind or variety of seed shall be labeled as hybrid if it contains less than 75 percent hybrid seed.

[33 FR 10841, July 31, 1968, as amended at 59 FR 64491, Dec. 14, 1994]

§201.27   Name of shipper or consignee.

The full name and address of either the shipper, or consignee, shall appear upon the label except that if the name and address of the shipper are not shown, a code designation identifying the shipper shall be shown.

[5 FR 31, Jan. 4, 1940]

§201.28   Code designation.

The code designation used in lieu of the full name and address of the person who transports or delivers seed for transportation in interstate commerce shall be approved by the Administrator of the Agricultural Marketing Service or such other person as may be designated by him for the purpose. When used, the code designation shall appear on the label in a clear and legible manner.

[5 FR 31, Jan. 4, 1940, as amended at 13 FR 8731, Dec. 30, 1948; 19 FR 57, Jan. 6, 1954]

§201.29   Germination of vegetable seed in containers of 1 pound or less.

Vegetable seeds in containers of 1 pound or less which have a germination equal to or better than the standard set forth in §201.31 need not be labeled to show the percentage of germination and date of test. Each variety of vegetable seed which has a germination percentage less than the standard set forth in §201.31 shall have the words “Below Standard” clearly shown in a conspicuous place on the label or on the face of the container in type no smaller than 8 points. Each variety which germinates less than the standard shall also be labeled to show the percentage of germination and the percentage of hard seed (if any).

[32 FR 12779, Sept. 6, 1967]

§201.29a   Germination of vegetable seed in containers of more than 1 pound.

Each variety of vegetable seeds in containers of more than 1 pound shall be labeled to show the percentage of germination and the percentage of hard seed (if any).

[32 FR 12779, Sept. 6, 1967]

§201.30   Hard seed.

The label shall show the percentage of hard seed, if any is present, for any seed required to be labeled as to the percentage of germination, and the percentage of hard seed shall not be included as part of the germination percentage.

[32 FR 12779, Sept. 6, 1967]

§201.30a   Date of test.

When the percentage of germination is required to be shown, the label shall show the month and year in which the germination test was completed. No more than 5 calendar months shall have elapsed between the last day of the month in which the germination test was completed and the date of transportation or delivery for transportation in interstate commerce, except for seed in hermetically sealed containers in which case no more than 24 calendar months shall have elapsed between the last day of the month in which the germination test was completed prior to packaging and the date of transportation or delivery for transportation in interstate commerce.

[32 FR 12779, Sept. 6, 1967]

§201.30b   Lot number or other lot identification of vegetable seed in containers of more than 1 pound.

The lot number or other lot identification of vegetable seed in containers of more than 1 pound shall be shown on the label and shall be the same as that used in the records pertaining to the same lot of seed.

[35 FR 6108, Apr. 15, 1970]

§201.31   Germination standards for vegetable seeds in interstate commerce.

The following germination standards for vegetable seeds in interstate commerce, which shall be construed to include hard seed, are determined and established under section 403(c) of the act:

   Percent
Artichoke60
Asparagus70
Asparagusbean75
Bean, garden70
Bean, lima70
Bean, runner75
Beet65
Broadbean75
Broccoli75
Brussels sprouts70
Burdock, great60
Cabbage75
Cabbage, tronchuda70
Cardoon60
Carrot55
Cauliflower75
Celeriac55
Celery55
Chard, Swiss65
Chicory65
Chinese cabbage75
Chives50
Citron65
Collards80
Corn, sweet75
Cornsalad70
Cowpea75
Cress, garden75
Cress, upland60
Cress, water40
Cucumber80
Dandelion60
Dill60
Eggplant60
Endive70
Kale75
Kale, Chinese75
Kale, Siberian75
Kohlrabi75
Leek60
Lettuce80
Melon75
Mustard, India75
Mustard, spinach75
Okra50
Onion70
Onion, Welsh70
Pak-choi75
Parsley60
Parsnip60
Pea80
Pepper55
Pumpkin75
Radish75
Rhubarb60
Rutabaga75
Sage60
Salsify75
Savory, summer55
Sorrel65
Soybean75
Spinach60
Spinach, New Zealand40
Squash75
Tomato75
Tomato, husk50
Turnip80
Watermelon70

[59 FR 64491, Dec. 14, 1994]

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