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§ 1-1405. Embargo

Oklahoma Statutes AnnotatedTitle 63. Public Health and Safety

Oklahoma Statutes Annotated
Title 63. Public Health and Safety (Refs & Annos)
Chapter 1. Public Health Code
Article 14. Drugs, Devices and Cosmetics
63 Okl.St.Ann. § 1-1405
§ 1-1405. Embargo
(a) Whenever a duly-authorized agent of the State Commissioner of Health finds, or has probable cause to believe, that any drug, device, or cosmetic is adulterated, or so misbranded as to be dangerous or fraudulent, within the meaning of this article, he shall, upon approval and authorization of the Commissioner, affix to such article a tag or other appropriate marking, giving notice that such article is, or is suspected of being, adulterated or misbranded and has been detained or embargoed, and warning all persons not to remove or dispose of such article by sale or otherwise until permission for removal or disposal is given by such agent or the court. It shall be unlawful for any person to remove or dispose of such detained or embargoed article by sale or otherwise without such permission.
(b) The Commissioner shall have twenty (20) days from the time an article is embargoed in which to make a final determination as to its adulteration or misbranding. Failure to find the article to be adulterated or misbranded within such time shall result in the embargo being void and lifted. When the Commissioner has found an article to be adulterated or misbranded as provided herein, he shall immediately petition the district court in whose jurisdiction the article is detained or embargoed for condemnation of such article. When such agent has found that an article so detained or embargoed is not adulterated or misbranded, he shall remove the tag or other marking. Any person whose interest is affected adversely by an embargo imposed under the terms of this article may appeal direct from a ruling of the Commissioner to the district court in whose jurisdiction the article is embargoed, and a trial de novo shall be had in such court on the question of adulteration or misbranding.
(c) If the court finds that a detained or embargoed article is adulterated or misbranded, such article shall, after entry of the decree, be destroyed at the expense of the claimant thereof, under the supervision of such agent, and all court costs and fees, and storage and other proper expenses shall be taxed against the claimant of such article or his agent; provided, that when the adulteration or misbranding can be corrected by proper labeling or processing of the article, the court, after entry of the decree and after such costs, fees, and expenses have been paid and a good and sufficient bond, conditioned that such article shall be so labeled or processed, has been executed, may by order direct that such article be delivered to the claimant thereof for such labeling or processing under the supervision of an agent of the Commissioner. The expense of such supervision shall be paid by the claimant. Such bond shall be returned to the claimant of the article on representation to the Court by the Commissioner that the article is no longer in violation of this article, and that the expenses of such supervision have been paid.
(d) Whenever the Commissioner or any of his authorized agents shall find in any room, building, vehicle of transportation or other structure any perishable drugs, devices or cosmetics which are unsound, or contain any filthy, decomposed or putrid substance, or that may be poisonous or deleterious to health or otherwise unsafe, the same being hereby declared to be a nuisance, the Commissioner, or his authorized agent, shall forthwith condemn or destroy the same, or in any other manner render the same unsalable.


Laws 1963, c. 325, art. 14, § 1405, operative July 1, 1963.
63 Okl. St. Ann. § 1-1405, OK ST T. 63 § 1-1405
Current with legislation of the Second Regular Session of the 59th Legislature (2024) effective as of July 1, 2024. Some sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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