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Schuyler Seedway facility mislabels bags

MECKLENBURG—Seedway LLC will pay back $246,000 in refunds to costumers who bought mislabeled bags of seeds.
According Attorney General Andrew Cuomo’s office, Seedway sold approximately 22,000 50-pound bags of falsely labeled and improperly certified seeds to over 200 customers, between 2004 and 2007.  Cuomo’s office also said employees at the Mecklenburg Seedway facility fraudulently affixed uninspected seed bags with New York state inspection certificates.  As a result of these inaccurate labels, consumers bought the seeds at higher prices than if they had been labeled correctly.  Cuomo’s office said the labels incorrectly stated information about type, purity and germination rates of the seeds.
“Farmers depend on accurate seed labeling to operate a successful business and protect their livelihood,” said Cuomo. “By mislabeling the quality and class of seeds it sold, this company caused potential detriment to a vital New York industry.”
As another part of the settlement with the state, Seedway will also pay the state $100,000 in penalties.  Seedway has also agreed to change how the company ensures the right labels are used.  According to Cuomo’s office, the company will need to submit seeds to a New York state approved laboratory for testing. 

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