7 U.S. Code § 4534 - Required terms of order; agreements under order; records
Required terms of order; agreements under order; records
(a) Required termsThe dairy products research order issued under section 4533(b) of this title shall—
(2) specify the powers of the board, including the powers to—
(A) receive and evaluate, or on its own initiative develop and budget for, research plans or projects designed to—
improve dairy processing technologies, particularly those appropriate to small- and medium-sized family farms;
develop new dairy products; and
make recommendations to the Secretary regarding such plans and projects;
receive, investigate, and report to the Secretary complaints of violations of the order;
recommend to the Secretary amendments to the order;
with the approval of the Secretary, establish advisory committees composed of individuals other than members of the board, and pay the necessary and reasonable expenses and fees of the members of such committees; and
with the approval of the Secretary, appoint or employ such persons, other than members of the board, as the board deems necessary and define the duties and determine the compensation of each;
(3) specify the duties of the board, including the duties to—
develop, and submit to the Secretary for approval before implementation, any research plan or project to be carried out under this subchapter;
prohibit any monies received under this subchapter by the board to be used in any manner for the purpose of influencing governmental policy or actions, except as provided in paragraph (2)(F); and
require that each person receiving milk from producers for commercial use and any person marketing milk of that person’s own production directly to consumers maintain and make available for inspection by the Secretary such books and records as may be required by the order and file with the Secretary reports at the time, in the manner, and having the content prescribed by the order.
(b) Agreements under orderAny agreement made under subsection (a)(2)(G) shall provide that—
such plan or project shall become effective on the approval of the Secretary; and
(c) Confidentiality of records; disclosure exceptions; penalty for violation
Information, books, and records made available to, and reports filed with, the Secretary under subsection (a)(6) shall be kept confidential by all officers and employees of the Department, except that such information, books, records, and reports as the Secretary deems relevant may be disclosed by such officers and employees in any suit or administrative proceeding that is brought at the request of the Secretary or to which the Secretary or any officer of the United States is a party, and that involves the order issued under section 4533(b) of this title.
(2) Paragraph (1) shall not be construed to prohibit—
the publication, at the direction of the Secretary, of the name of any person violating the order, together with a statement of the particular provisions of the order violated by the person.
No information obtained under the authority of this section may be made available to any agency, officer, or employee of the United States for any purpose other than the implementation of this subchapter and any investigatory or enforcement action necessary to implement this subchapter. Any person who violates this paragraph shall be subject to a fine of not more than $1,000, or to imprisonment for not more than one year, or both, and, if such person is employed by the board or the Department, shall be terminated from such employment.
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