15A NCAC 18A .0425       TAGGING

(a)  In order that information may be available to the Division with reference to the origin of shellstock, containers holding shellstock shall be identified with a uniform tag or label.  The tag shall be durable, waterproof and measure at least 2-5/8 by 5-1/4 inches (6.7 by 13.3 centimeters).  The tag shall contain legible information arranged in specific order as follows:

(1)           the dealer's name, address and certification number assigned by the appropriate shellfish control agency;

(2)           the original shipper's certification number;

(3)           the harvest date;

(4)           the harvest location, including the country or state abbreviation;

(5)           when the shellstock has been in wet storage, the statement "THIS PRODUCT WAS IN WET STORAGE AT (FACILITY CERTIFICATION NUMBER) FROM (DATE) TO (DATE)";

(6)           the type and quantity of shellfish;

(7)           the following statement shall appear in bold capitalized type "THIS TAG IS REQUIRED TO BE ATTACHED UNTIL CONTAINER IS EMPTY AND THEREAFTER KEPT ON FILE FOR 90 DAYS."; and

(8)           the following statement, or equivalent,

"Consumer Advisory

Eating raw oysters, clams or mussels may cause severe illness.  People with the following conditions are at especially high risk: liver disease, alcoholism, diabetes, cancer, stomach or blood disorder, or weakened immune system.  Ask your doctor if you are unsure of your risk.  If you eat raw shellfish and become sick, see a doctor immediately."

(b)  The uniform tag or label shall remain attached to the shellstock container until the container is empty and thereafter shall be kept on file for 90 days.

(c)  All shellstock from a depuration facility must be identified as having been cleansed by a depuration facility identified by a name and permit number on the tag.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 130A‑230;

Eff. February 1, 1987;

Amended Eff. April 1, 1997; January 4, 1994; December 1, 1987;

Temporary Amendment Eff. October 12, 1998; February 1, 1998;

Amended Eff. April 1, 1999.