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The 189th General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Section 79: Violations; penalties; official analysis as prima facie evidence

Section 79. Whoever sells, offers or exposes for sale any commercial fertilizer or mixture thereof, or any soil conditioner or agricultural liming material, without complying with the requirements of sections sixty-five to seventy-eight, inclusive, applicable thereto, or in violation of any rule or regulation promulgated thereunder, or whoever falsely marks, or labels any such product, or impedes, or obstructs, or hinders the commissioner or any of his duly authorized agents in the discharge of the authority or duties conferred or imposed by any provisions of said section, shall be punished by a fine of not less than twenty-five dollars or more than one hundred dollars for the first violation, or not less than one hundred dollars or more than five hundred dollars for a subsequent violation. In all prosecutions involving the composition of a lot of commercial fertilizer, a certified copy of the official analysis signed by the commissioner or his agent shall be accepted as prima facie evidence of the composition.