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An Act to prevent the Adulteration of Chaff, and to
regulate the Sale of Chaff, Hay, and Fruit,
[ Assented to, December 23rd, 1908.]
with the advice and consent of the Parliament thereof, as follows:
1. This Act may be cited as “ The Chaff, Hay, and Fruit Act, Short title. 1908.”
2. In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires-
any one or more of the following cereals and plants,
of the Crown for the time being performing the duties of
The Chaf, Hay, and Fruit Act.—1908.
“Standard case ” and “standard half-case” mean respectively
the case and half-case of the standard measurements
required by this Act : “This Act " includes regulations made under this Act. 3. No person shall sell or offer or expose for sale any chaff other than hay chaff, unless the bag, sack, or other receptacle containing the same has printed or otherwise inscribed thereon, or affixed thereto, in a conspicuous position, the words “straw chaff” in letters not less than one and a half inches in height.
Chaff other than hay
Foreign ingredients 4. No person shall sell or offer or expose for sale any chaff, in chaff.
whether hay chaff or straw chaff, to which has been added any Ct. Vict. Chaff Bill, foreign ingredient, other than such as is permitted by regulation, or 1908, cl. 6
exceeding the proportion or amount so permitied.
Warranty of class of chaff.
5. Any person selling chaff shall be deemed to have warranted that the same is hay chaff unless it is indicated to be straw chaff in manner prescribed by section 3.
Standard weight of bag of chaff.
Bag of chaff not to be under standard weight.
6. The standard weight of a bag or sack of chaff, whether hay chaff or straw chaff, shall, until the thirty-first day of December, one thousand nine hundred and ten, be forty pounds avoirdupois weight excluding the weight of the bag or sack.
7. No person shall sell a bag or sack of chaff of less than the standard weight unless the chaff in such bag or sack is weighed by him at the time of sale or delivery, and the price of chaff sold is computed, in proportion to its weight, at the market rate for a bag or sack of the standard weight.
Ton of chaff to be 2,240lbs.
8. When chaff, whether hay chaff or straw chaff, is sold by the ton or any proportionate part of a ton, the word “ton ” shall be deemed to mean a ton of two thousand two hundred and forty pounds avoirdupois weight, excluding the weight of the bags or sacks containing the chaff except when bags or sacks are expressly sold with the chaff.
Vendor of hay entitled to weigh.
Standard case of fruit.
9. In any contract for the sale and purchase of hay by weight there shall be an implied condition that the vendor shall be entitled at his own cost to have such hay weighed on a licensed weighbridge, and that the purchaser shall accept such weight as correct.
10. (a) The standard case for the sale of fruit shall be eighteen inches in length inside, eight inches and seven-eighths of an inch in width inside, and fourteen inches in depth inside, and shall have a cubic capacity of two thousand two hundred and thirty-six inches.
(b) The standard half-case, save that the depth thereof inside shall be seven inches only, shall be of the same measurements as the standard case, and shall have a cubic capacity of one thousand one hundred and eighteen inches :
The Chaff, Hay, and Fruit Act.—1908.
Provided that a case or half-case shall be deemed to comply with the above measurements if the excess or deficiency in the cubic capacity thereof does not exceed in the whole two and one-half per centum of the specified cubic capacity.
ll. No person shall, after the first day of October, one thousand Sale only by standard nine hundred and nine, sell any fruit (other than dried, preserved, tinned, or canned fruit) otherwise than by the standard case or standard half-case: Provided that this section shall not apply to
(a) Fruit sold by weight, measure of capacity, or number :
mation published in the Government Gazette, exempts from
the provisions of this Act. 12. The Governor may, by Proclamation published in the Govern- Prohibition of old ment Gazette, prohibit the introduction into any locality specified in cases. such Proclamation of any box, case, bag, or other receptacle which has already contained fruit.
13. The Governor may appoint any person or persons to be an Inspectors. Inspector or Inspectors under this Act.
14. (1) Any such Inspector may at any time during the day Powers of Inspector time enter upon any land or into any warehouse, store, shop, building, or other place where chaff or fruit is or may reasonably be supposed to be bagged, packed, kept, sold, or exposed or offered for sale, and may(a) Weigh any bag or sack of chaff, whether hay chaff or straw
chaff there found, and measure any case of fruit or fruit
be weighed or measured elsewhere:
for (if demanded), take for analysis any quantity of any
chaff, whether hay chaff or straw chaff, there found;
done in connection with or for the purposes of anything
under this section.
penalties. omission, shall be an offence against this Act.
(2) Any person guilty of an offence against this Act shall be liable to a penalty for a first offence of not more than Ten Pounds,