WSR 98-22-091



[Filed November 4, 1998, 8:31 a.m.]

Date of Adoption: November 4, 1998.

Purpose: The rule change will give the board of the Washington Raspberry Commission authority to adopt rules establishing grades and standards, including standards in packaging, processing and labeling. The rule will also provide for inspection and enforcement to ensure compliance.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Chapter 16-561 WAC, amending WAC 16-561-030.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 15.65.050.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 98-16-080 on August 5, 1998.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, amended 1, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, amended 1, repealed 0.

Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.

November 4, 1998

Jim Jesernig



AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending Order 1809, filed 12/1/83)

WAC 16-561-030  Marketing order purposes. The order is to promote the general welfare of the state, to enable producers of raspberries to help themselves establish orderly, fair, sound, efficient, unhampered marketing; facilitate cultural and harvesting improvements, and regulate unfair trade practices within the industry. To carry out the purposes of the order, the board may provide for a program in one or more of the following areas:

(1) Establish plans and conduct programs for advertising, sales, promotion, and/or other programs for maintaining present markets and/or creating new or larger markets for raspberries. Such programs shall be directed toward increasing the sale of raspberries without reference to any particular brand or trade name and shall neither make use of false or unwarranted claims in behalf of raspberries nor disparage the quality, value, sale, or use of any other agricultural commodity.

(2) Provide for research in the production, processing, and/or marketing of raspberries and expend the necessary funds for such purposes. Insofar as practicable, such research shall be carried on by experiment stations of Washington State University, but if in the judgment of the board, said experiment stations do not have the facilities for a particular project or if some other research agency has better facilities therefor, the project may be carried out by other research agencies selected by the board.

(3) Provide by rules and regulations for:

(a) Establishing uniform grades and standards of quality, condition, maturity, size, weight, pack, packages and/or label for red raspberries or any products thereof;

(b) Requiring producers, handlers and/or other persons to conform to such grades and/or standards in packing, packaging, processing, labeling, selling or otherwise commercially disposing of red raspberries and/or in offering, advertising and/or delivering it therefor;

(c) Providing for inspection and enforcement to ascertain and effectuate compliance;

(d) Establishing rules and regulations respecting the foregoing;

(e) Providing that the board shall carry out inspection and enforcement of, and may (within the general provisions of the order) establish detailed provisions relating to, such standards and grades and such rules and regulations: Provided, That any modification not of a substantial nature, such as the modification of standards within a certain grade may be made without a hearing, and shall not be considered an amendment for the purposes of the act and order.

(4) Provide for marketing information and services to affected producers, for the verification of grades, standards, weights, tests, and sampling of quality and quantity of raspberries purchased by handlers from affected producers and for the purpose of facilitating the efficient marketing of raspberries.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 15.65.180. 83-24-028 (Order 1809), 16-561-030, filed 12/1/83; Order 1478, 16-561-030, filed 7/29/76.]