(a) If the department determines that any nursery product, florist item, or premises
are diseased or pest infested, the department shall take action necessary to abate
the nuisance and protect the public health and welfare. If the department determines that the diseased or infested product, item, or premises
should be treated or destroyed, the department shall give written notice to the owner,
manager, or person in control of the product, item, or premises.
(b) The department shall deliver the notice under Subsection (a) of this section in
person or by registered or certified mail to the last known address of the person
to whom the notice is directed. The notice shall be in a form prescribed by the department and signed by the commissioner
or the commissioner's designee. The notice must:
(1) name the product, item, or premises to be treated or destroyed;
(2) give a brief statement of the facts found to exist; and
(3) give a brief statement of the reasons necessitating treatment or destruction of
the product, item, or premises.
(c) Before the 11th day following the day on which notice is received, the person
receiving the notice shall remove, destroy, or treat the product, item, or premises
as directed by the department.
(d) For the purposes of enforcing this section, the department is entitled to enter
on any premises in order to inspect, treat, or destroy any diseased or pest infested
nursery product, florist item, or premises.
(e) The department is not liable for damages resulting from the exercise of duties
under this section.
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