Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. R. 40-12-5-.03 - Seed in Hermetically Sealed Containers

(1) Agricultural or vegetable seeds packaged in hermetically sealed containers may be sold, exposed for sale, or offered for sale or transportation for a period of 24 months after the last day of the month that the seeds were tested for germination prior to packaging. If seeds in hermetically sealed containers are sold, exposed for sale, or offered for sale or transportation more than 24 months after the last day of the month in which they were tested prior to packaging, they must have been retested within a nine (9) month period, exclusive of the calendar month in which the retest was completed, immediately prior to sale, exposure for sale, or offering for sale or transportation.
(2) The following standards, requirements and conditions must be met before seed is considered to be hermetically sealed under the provisions of this Act.
(a) The seed was packaged within 9 months after harvest.
(b) The container used does not allow water vapor penetration through any wall, including the seals, greater than 0.05 grams of water per 24 hours per 100 square inches of surface at 100° F. with a relative humidity on one side of 90 percent and on the other side 0 percent. Water vapor penetration or WVP is measured by the standards of the U.S. Bureau of Standards as: gm.H20/24 hr./100 sq. in./100°F./90% RH v.0% RH.
(c) The seed in the container shall not exceed the percent moisture, on a wet weight basis, as listed below:

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(d) The container is conspicuously labeled in not less than 8-point type to indicate:
1. That the container is hermetically sealed;
2. That the seed has been preconditioned as to moisture content; and
3. The calendar month and year in which the germination test was completed.
(e) The percentage of seed germination at the time of packaging was equal to or above the standards specified elsewhere in this Act.


Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. R. 40-12-5-.03
Ga. L. 1956, p. 217; O.C.G.A. Sec. 2-11-28.
Original Rule entitled "Variety Labeling" adopted. F. and eff. June 30, 1965. Repealed: New Rule entitled "Seed in Hermetically Sealed Containers" adopted. F. Jun. 4, 1997; eff. July 1, 1997, as specified by the Agency.

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