§4207.  Labeling

A.  When any meat or meat food product or poultry product prepared for intrastate commerce which has been inspected as hereinbefore provided and marked “Louisiana Inspected and Passed” shall be placed or packed in any can, pot, tin, canvas, or other receptacle or covering in any establishment where inspection under the provisions of this Chapter is maintained, the person, firm or corporation preparing said product shall cause a label to be attached to said can, pot, tin, canvas or other receptacle or covering, under supervision of an inspector, which label shall state that the contents thereof have been “Louisiana Inspected and Passed” under the provisions of this Chapter, and no inspection and examination of meat, meat food products or poultry products deposited or enclosed in cans, tins, pots, canvas, or other receptacle or covering in any establishment where inspection under the provisions of this Chapter is maintained shall be deemed to be complete until such meat, meat food products or poultry products have been sealed or enclosed in said can, tin, pot, canvas or other receptacle or covering under the supervision of an inspector.

B.  All carcasses, parts of carcasses, meat, meat food products and poultry products inspection at any establishment under the authority of this Chapter and found to be not adulterated, shall at the time they leave the establishment bear, in distinctly legible form, directly thereon or on their containers, as the commissioner may require, the information required under R.S. 3:4201(9).

C.  The commissioner, whenever he determines such action is necessary for the protection of the public, may prescribe:

(1)  The styles and sizes of type to be used with respect to material required to be incorporated in labeling to avoid false or misleading labeling of any articles or animals subject to this Chapter; (2) definitions and standards of identity or composition for articles subject to this Chapter and standards of fill of container for such articles not inconsistent with any such standards established under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, or under the Federal Meat Inspection Act or the Federal Poultry Products Inspection Act and there shall be consultation between the commissioner and the secretary of agriculture of the United States prior to issuance of such standards to avoid inconsistency between such standards and the federal standards.

D.  No article subject to this Chapter shall be sold or offered for sale by any person, firm, or corporation, in intrastate commerce, under any name or other marking or labeling which is false or misleading, or in any container of a misleading form or size, but established trade names and other marking and labeling and containers which are not false or misleading and which are approved by the commissioner, are permitted.

E.  If the commissioner has reason to believe that any marking or labeling or the size or form of any container in use or proposed for use with respect to any article subject to this Chapter is false or misleading in any particular, he may direct that such use be withheld unless the marking, labeling or container is modified in such manner as he may prescribe so that it will not be false, or misleading.  If the person, firm or corporation using or proposing to use the marking, labeling or container does not accept the determination of the commissioner, such person, firm or corporation may request a hearing, but the use of the marking, labeling, or container shall, if the commissioner so directs, be withheld pending hearing and final determination by the commissioner.  Any such determination by the commissioner shall be conclusive unless, within thirty days after receipt of notice of such final determination, the person, firm, or corporation adversely affected thereby appeals to the appropriate court.

Acts 1968, No. 376, §6.  Amended by Acts 1970, No. 615, §1; Acts 1985, No. 73, §1.