South Dakota Firm Pays $1,400 to Settle Seed Case

WASHINGTON, April 21, 2008 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced that a Brookings, S.D ., seed company has paid USDA $1,400 to settle alleged violations of the Federal Seed Act.

The company, The Sexauer Company Inc ., settled the case in agreement with officials from USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS). The company neither admitted nor denied the charges.

The case resolved by the settlement involved one shipment of rye seed made to Georgia, and two shipments of flax and foxtail millet made to Texas, alleged to be in violation of the Federal Seed Act.

The alleged violations, while not the same for all shipments, were:

-false labeling as to germination, pure seed, and inert matter;

-failure to keep and or supply a complete record of the seed; and

-failure to label with name and address or code designation.

AMS administers the act with the help of state seed officials. Seed regulatory officials in Georgia and Texas cooperated with AMS in making the investigations. The Federal Seed Act is a truth-in-labeling law designed to protect farmers and consumers who buy seed.

Hakim Fobia (202) 720-8998
Billy Cox (202) 720-8998

Published on: 2008-04-22

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