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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 2. Agriculture
Agency 5. Department of Agriculture And Consumer Services
Chapter 531. Regulations Governing Milk for Manufacturing Purposes
4/19/2024

2VAC5-531-140. Interpretation and enforcement.

A. This chapter is based on the USDA Milk for Manufacturing Purposes and its Production and Processing-Recommended Requirements, effective July 21, 2011. Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, the provisions of this chapter shall be interpreted in a manner consistent with interpretations accorded the USDA Milk for Manufacturing Purposes and its Production and Processing-Recommended Requirements, effective July 21, 2011.

B. The administrative procedures used to conduct case decisions under this chapter shall conform to the provisions of the Virginia Administrative Process Act (§ 2.2-4000 et seq. of the Code of Virginia).

C. The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services shall comply with the following administrative procedures when summarily suspending a permit as specified in 2VAC5-531-50 D:

1. The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services shall serve upon the permit holder a written notice of suspension. The written notice of suspension shall specify the violations in question and inform the permit holder of the right to appear before the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services in person, by counsel, or by other qualified representative at an informal fact-finding conference pursuant to § 2.2-4019 of the Code of Virginia for the informal presentation of factual data, arguments, and proof to appeal this determination of violation;

2. Upon receipt of written application from any person whose permit has been summarily suspended (within 30 days after the effective date of the summary suspension), the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services shall within seven days after the date of receipt of a written application from any person whose permit has been summarily suspended, proceed to hold an informal fact-finding conference pursuant to § 2.2-4019 of the Code of Virginia to ascertain the facts of the violations in question, and upon evidence presented at the informal fact-finding conference, shall affirm, modify, or rescind the summary suspension;

3. The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services shall, unless the parties consent, ascertain the fact basis for their decisions of cases through informal fact-finding conferences pursuant to § 2.2-4019 of the Code of Virginia. Such conference proceedings include the rights of parties to the case to have reasonable notice thereof, to appear in person or by counsel or other qualified representative before the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services for the informal presentation of factual data, argument, or proof in connection with any case, to have notice of any contrary fact basis or information in the possession of the department which can be relied upon in making an adverse decision, to receive a prompt decision of any application for license, benefit, or renewal thereof, and to be informed, briefly and generally in writing, of the factual or procedural basis for an adverse decision in any case;

4. No person whose permit has been summarily suspended may be granted an informal fact-finding conference by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services unless the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services receives the person's written application within 30 days after the effective date of the summary suspension;

5. From any adverse decision of an informal fact-finding conference, the permit holder may request a formal hearing under § 2.2-4020 of the Code of Virginia by writing the Program Manager of the Office of Dairy and Foods within 30 days stating the request and providing the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services with a statement of the issues in dispute. If the request for a formal hearing is denied, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services shall notify the permit holder in writing and further may affirm or modify the decision of the informal fact-finding conference; and

6. If a formal hearing is denied, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services shall notify the permit holder of the right to file an appeal in the circuit court.

Statutory Authority

§ 3.2-5206 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 21, Issue 8, eff. January 26, 2005; amended, Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 16, eff. May 29, 2008; Volume 32, Issue 3, eff. November 19, 2015.

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