Section 2-11-71

Declaration of purpose.

The purpose of this article is to improve the grade and quality of fresh fruits and vegetables produced in Alabama in order that they may sell in competition with those produced in other areas. The fruit and vegetable industry is of great economic importance not only to the farmers of Alabama but to the general economy of the state, and it has been found that fruits and vegetables produced and packed in Alabama are generally of substandard quality. Other states have enacted laws providing for accurate labeling and shipping point inspection and grading of fruits and vegetables which has resulted in improving their quality and grade to the economic gain and benefit of producers. Therefore, it is deemed for the best interest of the agricultural economy of the State of Alabama to regulate the shipping and packing of fresh fruits and vegetables in containers by requiring accurate labeling and requiring inspection and grading for such products under certain conditions as provided in this article.

(Acts 1953, No. 887, p. 1192, §1.)