Terms Used In Louisiana Revised Statutes 3:4225

  • commissioner: means the "Commissioner, Louisiana Department of Agriculture. See Louisiana Revised Statutes 3:4201
  • Federal Meat Inspection Act: means the act so entitled approved March 4, 1907, as amended by the Wholesome Meat Act (21 U. See Louisiana Revised Statutes 3:4201
  • intrastate commerce: means commerce within the state. See Louisiana Revised Statutes 3:4201
  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
  • meat food product: means any product capable of use as human food which is made wholly or in part from any meat or other portion of the carcass of any cattle, sheep, swine, poultry or goats, excepting products which contain meat or other portions of such carcasses only in a relatively small proportion or historically have not been considered by consumers as products of the meat food industry, and which are exempted from definition as a meat food product by the commissioner under such conditions as he may prescribe to assure that the meat or other portions of such carcasses contained in such product are not adulterated and that such products are not represented as meat food products. See Louisiana Revised Statutes 3:4201
  • Person: means an individual or any legal or commercial entity, including a corporation, business trust, partnership, limited liability company, association, or joint venture. See Louisiana Revised Statutes 3:1
  • prepared: means slaughtered, canned, salted, rendered, boned, cut up, or otherwise manufactured or processed. See Louisiana Revised Statutes 3:4201

A.  Any carcass, part of carcass, meat or meat food product of cattle, sheep, poultry, swine, goats, horses, mules or other equines or any dead, dying, disabled, or diseased animal or fowl described above that is being transported in intrastate commerce, or is held for sale in this state after such transportation, and that (1) is or has been prepared, sold, transported or otherwise distributed or offered or received for distribution in violation of this Chapter, or (2) is capable of use as human food and is adulterated or misbranded, or (3) in any other way is in violation of this Chapter, shall be liable to seizure and condemnation, at any time, on a petition properly in any court specified in R.S. 3:4226 within the jurisdiction of which the article or animal is found.  If the article or animal is condemned it shall, after entry of the decree, be disposed of by destruction or sale as the court may direct and the proceeds, if sold, less the court costs and fees, and storage and other proper expenses, shall be paid into the treasury of this state, but the article or animal shall not be sold contrary to the provisions of this Chapter, or the Federal Meat Inspection Act,* or the Federal Poultry Products Inspection Act** or the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act;*** provided that upon the execution and delivery of a good and sufficient bond conditioned that the article or animal shall not be sold or otherwise disposed of contrary to the provisions of this Chapter, or the laws of the United States, the court may direct that such article or animal be delivered to the owner thereof subject to such supervision by authorized representatives of the commissioner as is necessary to insure compliance with the applicable laws.  When a decree of condemnation is entered against the article or animal and it is released under bond, or destroyed, court costs and fees, and storage and other proper expenses shall be awarded against the person, if any, intervening as claimant of the article or animal.  The proceedings in such case shall conform, as nearly as may be to the proceedings in criminal cases, and all such proceedings shall be in name of this state.

B.  The provisions of this section shall in no way derogate from authority for condemnation or seizure conferred by other provisions of this Chapter, or other laws.

Acts 1968, No. 376, §23.  Amended by Acts 1970, No. 615, §1; Acts 1985, No. 73, §1.

*21 U.S.C.A. §71 ET SEQ.  (TRANSFERRED; SEE NOW, 21 U.S.C.A. §601 ET SEQ.).

**21 U.S.C.A. §451 ET SEQ.

***21 U.S.C.A. §301 ET SEQ.