DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE  
PESTICIDE AND PLANT PESTICIDE MANAGEMENT DIVISION  
REGULATION NO. 523. DRY EDIBLE BEANS  
(By authority conferred on the director of the department of agriculture by section 2 of  
Act No. 91 of the Public Acts of 1915, as amended, being S285.32 of the Michigan  
Compiled Laws)  
R 285.523.1 Michigan standards for dry edible beans.  
Rule 1. (1) Michigan standards for dry edible beans are as follows:  
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Grade Requirements  
Adzuki Beans  
Maximum Limits of Total Contrasting Foreign Material Other  
Average Grades Defects2 Classes Total Stones Classes Color of That Blend Crop  
Year  
Percent Percent  
0.5 0.2 0.1 1.0 Good Michigan No. 2 2.0  
2.0 Fair Michigan No. 3 3.0 2.0 0.3 0.2 5.0 Fair Michigan  
Generic 5.0 2.0 0.3 0.2 5.0 Fair  
Percent Percent Percent Michigan No. 1 1.0  
1.0 0.2 0.1  
1. The beans of the class yelloweye in any establish grade may contain not more than  
12% white beans similar to yelloweye in size in shape.  
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2. The beams in the classes cranberry and pinto may contain faintly or indistinctly  
mottled the moves of the same type in the following percentages:  
(a) Now more than 3% Michigan No. 1 grade.  
(b) Now more than 4% Michigan No. 2 grade.  
(c) Now more than 5% Michigan No. 3 grade.  
(d) Now more than 5% Michigan generic grade.  
3. All graded beans shall be dry and well screened, shall evidence of being processed  
and graded, possess a clean natural odor, and be free from objectionable foreign  
material.  
4. The beans in the classes of cranberry, yelloweye, and marrow may contain an  
additional 2% split, but otherwise sound, beans of the same class in any of the  
established grades.  
SPECIAL GRADES REQUIREMENTS  
(2) Michigan split beans shall be beans of any class which have been split or broken  
and may contain not more than 5% of otherwise damaged beans, 1% of foreign  
material, and 2% of contrasting classes. The sample shall be reasonably free from  
chaff, dust, and loose skins or seed coats.  
(3) Michigan mixed split beans shall be a mixture of 2 or more classes of split and  
broken beans and may contain not more than 5% of otherwise damaged beans and  
1% of foreign material. The sample shall be reasonably free from chaff, dust, and  
loose skins or seed coats.  
History: 1979 AC; 1987 AACS; 1998-2000 AACS.  
R. 285.523.2 Definitions.  
Rule 2. As used in these rules:  
(a) "Badly damaged beans" means beans and pieces of beans that are seriously  
injured or discolored so as to seriously affect the appearance and quality of the sample.  
(b) "Certified shipper" means a processor, packer, shipper, or authorized representative  
approved by the director of the department of agriculture to draw samples and submit  
self-drawn samples to the official grading agency for grading.  
(c) "Contrasting classes" means beans of other classes that are of a contrasting  
color, size, or shape to the beans of the class designated.  
(d) "Damaged beans" (culls) means beans and pieces of beans that are seriously  
injured or discolored by any of the following so as to affect the appearance and quality  
of the samples:  
(i) Frost.  
(ii) Bin burn.  
(iii) Weather.  
(iv) Diseases.  
(v) Insects.  
(vi) Other causes.  
(e) "Defects" means splits, damaged beans, contrasting classes, and foreign  
material.  
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(f) "Foreign material" means any of the following:  
(i) Stones.  
(ii) Dirt.  
(iii) Weed seeds.  
(iv) Cereal grain of 1 kernel per 500 grams maximum.  
(v) All matter other than dry edible beans.  
(g) "Graded beans" means dry, edible beans that meet the quality and condition  
requirements of any 1 of the specific processed grades as indicated in R 285.523.1 as  
determined by a licensed bean inspector at the point of origin or as a submitted sample.  
(h) "Labeling" means labels or other written, printed, or graphic matter upon or  
accompanying dry edible beans.  
(i) "Licensed bean inspector" means a person trained and licensed by the Michigan  
department of agriculture to sample and grade dry edible beans .  
(j) "Mixed beans" means any lot of dry edible beans composed of 2 or more classes  
mixed together. The mixture shall meet the regular grade requirements for the  
predominating class in the sample in all respects except for the presence of sound split  
beans of any class, sound sports or faders, and other classes.  
(k) "Off-color beans" means beans of any class which, after removal of defects, do  
not meet the standards for good or fair color, which are distinctly below normal  
color standards, due to any natural cause, but which are not materially weathered and are  
otherwise sound. Off-color beans shall  
be graded and designated according to the grade requirements of the standards applicable  
to off-color beans that are not off-color; however, the standards shall not apply to choice,  
prime, and no. 1 grades. The word "off-color" shall be added to, and made a part of,  
the grade designation following the name of the class.  
(l) "Official grading agency" means the Michigan bean shippers association or other  
agency approved by the director of the department of agriculture to grade dry edible  
beans and issue official grade documents.  
(m) "Other classes that blend" means sound beans of other classes that are similar in  
color, size, and shape to the beans of the class designated.  
(n) "Peewee beans" or "small beans" means all sound navy beans that screen out by  
using a 9/64-inch screen. The beans shall be known as "Peewee" and the regular grade  
requirements for dry beans shall apply in the grading of Peewee beans. The inspection  
certificate shall bear the "Peewee" designation and the labeling on the package shall  
also include the "Peewee" designation.  
(o) "Percentage of moisture" means moisture content as ascertained by the water oven  
or air oven and the method of use as described in service and regulatory  
announcement no. 147 of the agricultural marketing service of the United States  
department of agriculture or moisture content as ascertained by any device and method  
that gives equivalent results. Moisture content shall be designated in units of half  
percent and whole percent. A fraction of a percent that is equal to or greater than 1/2  
shall be stated as 1/2 and when less than 1/2 shall be disregarded.  
(p) "Percentages," except in the case of moisture, means percentages ascertained by  
weight.  
(q) "Picking stock beans," also known as beans of "no established grade" means dry  
beans of any class that fail to qualify for any of the processed grades because of  
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condition, excessive total defects, other disqualifying factors, or not having been well-  
screened or well-processed.  
(r) "Point of origin inspection" means an inspection performed by a licensed bean  
inspector at the point where the product is processed and packaged before being  
placed into channels of commercial trade.  
(s) "Sound beans" means beans which have a natural odor and which are free from  
must, mold, damage, and other defects.  
(t) "Splits" means pieces of beans which are not damaged and which consist of 3/4 or  
less of the whole bean and includes bean halves that are held together loosely, but  
does not include beans that have only cracked or checked skins.  
(u) "Stones" means any of the following:  
(i) Rocks.  
(ii) Pebbles.  
(iii) Shale.  
(iv) Other concreted earthly matter.  
(v) Other substances of similar composition and hardness that do not readily  
disintegrate in water.  
(v) "Submitted samples" means a sample of dry edible beans which is drawn by a  
certified shipper using approved methods and which is submitted to the official grading  
agency for grading.  
(w) "Weevily beans" means beans which are infested with weevils or other inspects  
injurious to stored beans or which contain beans that have been damaged by weevils  
or insects.  
(x) "Well screened," as applied to the general appearance of beans, means that the  
beans are as free from small, shriveled, undeveloped, split, and broken beans, large  
beans, and foreign materials as practicable through the proper use of top and bottom  
mill screens as is generally recognized by the bean industry.The recognized top and  
bottom screen sizes to be used in combination on navy beans are as follows:  
Minimum Bottom Maximum Top  
9/64-inch x by 3/4-inch slotted with no. 20 or 20/64-inch diameter perforation  
11/64-inch x by 3/4-inch slotted with no 21 or 21/64-inch diameter perforation  
12/64-inch x by 3/4-inch slotted with no. 22 or 22/64-inch diameter perforation  
The recommended minimum bottom and maximum top screen sizes for use in screening  
colored beans are as follows:  
Top Range Bottom  
Cranberry 26 to 28 12/64-inch by 3/4 inch Yelloweye 24 to 26 12/64-inch by 3/4 inch  
Kidney 26 to 30 11/64-inch by 3/4 inch  
History: 1979 AC; 1987 AACS; 1998-2000 AACS.  
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R 285.523.3 Beans placed in consuming trade channels; grading, labeling,  
packing, and inspection; shipping and transportation; moisture content.  
Rule 3. (1) All dry edible beans sold, shipped, or distributed in Michigan shall be  
labeled using 1 of the following criteria:  
(a) Grade based on a point of origin inspection by a licensed bean inspector.  
(b) Grade based on samples submitted by a certified shipper to the official grading  
agency for analysis. All certificates and labeling for lots graded by submitted sample  
shall carry the statement: "grade derived from submitted sample."  
(c) No inspection. Lots not examined by the official grading agency shall not be  
labeled with an official Michigan grade.  
(2) All dry edible beans which are grown in Michigan, which are placed in consuming  
trade channels, and which are graded at the point of origin by a licensed bean inspector  
or are graded by means of submitted samples shall be in compliance with the  
requirements and specifications of the official Michigan grades for dry beans.  
(3) The person, firm, association, or corporation in Michigan responsible for placing  
graded beans into consuming trade channels or placing graded beans on the market for  
resale or consumption shall be responsible for the grading, labeling, packing, and  
voluntary inspection of the beans.  
(4) Labeling shall be performed at the point of origin on the lot or shipment as  
follows:  
(a) All containers of 100 pounds or less shall be conspicuously and legibly labeled  
on the face of the container showing all of the following information:  
(i) The net weight of the contents.  
(ii) The name of the product, including the word "Michigan" when produced in this  
state.  
(iii) The official state grade of the contents if inspected and approved by a licensed  
bean inspector.  
(iv) The name and address of the person or firm responsible for placing the product  
on the market.  
(b) On 100-pound bags or containers inspected and approved by a licensed bean  
inspector for shipment to canners, packagers, and processors, and when there is positive  
assurance that the beans will not be displayed to the consuming public in the original  
shipping container, the grade labeling may be shown as specified in subdivision (a) of  
this subrule or the shipper may declare the grade using a placard as described in R  
285.523.4(6). All other labeling, as required in subdivision (a) of this subrule shall  
appear in its entirety. The shipper or packer whose name must appear on the bag or  
container will be held fully responsible for any diversion of shipments not bearing the  
grade label on the individual bag or container.  
(c) Every lot or shipment that is inspected and approved by a licensed bean inspector  
shall be issued an official grade certificate.  
(5) Beans that are graded by a licensed bean inspector may be shipped in bulk to  
canners, packagers, and processors, subject to the inspection requirements of these  
rules.  
(6) All conveying vehicles shall be in compliance with all of the following  
specifications:  
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(a) The floors, walls, and ceilings shall be thoroughly cleaned and tightly fitted to  
protect the load from the weather, contamination, and extraneous matter. Conveying  
vehicles shall also be free from objectionable foreign odors.  
(b) There shall be adequate space above the loaded mass to permit thorough sampling,  
when requested, throughout the length and depth of the load and also to provide for  
circulating air space between the top of the load and the roof of the vehicle.  
(c) If a point of origin inspection is requested utilizing a licensed bean inspector, then  
the type and construction of any conveyance that might be considered hazardous to the  
inspector or prevent the performance of his or her duties prescribed for adequate and  
thorough sampling and inspection shall  
not be used to transport beans. The shipper shall sign a bulk conveyance report which  
shows that the provisions of subdivision (a) of this subrule were complied with before  
loading.  
(7) The standard moisture content of beans defined in the grades in these rules shall not  
be in excess of 18% moisture and shall be within the limits of the tolerance as defined in  
R 285.523.2(k). High-moisture beans may be graded and designated according to the  
grade requirements of the standards otherwise applicable. The words "except moisture"  
shall be added to, and made a part of, the grade designation in every case of high  
moisture content, following the name of the class, followed by a statement of the  
percentage of moisture of the beans in terms of whole percent and half percent. The  
statement shall appear on the inspection certificate to establish and protect the grade.  
(8) Official bean inspection certificates declaring an established grade shall not be  
issued by any authorized inspector until all the containers and conveyances conform to  
all labeling and condition requirements.  
History: 1979 AC; 1987 AACS; 1998-2000 AACS.  
R 285.523.4 Beans placed in any trade channels; grading, labeling, and  
inspection.  
Rule 4. (1) All dry edible beans, whether for human consumption, precooking,  
manufacturing, or canning, before being placed into any trade channels, through  
purchase, sale, or by transportation shall be labeled or placarded. At the option of the  
processor, packager, or shipper, the dry edible beans may be officially inspected for  
grade by a licensed bean inspector.  
(2) All bags or containers used in packing and shipping beans graded by a licensed  
bean inspector shall be standard, sound, clean, free from holes, and neatly and legibly  
printed or stenciled.  
(3) All of the following information shall appear on the face of the bag, carton, parcel,  
or package used in packing and shipping beans or on a tag affixed to a bag, carton,  
parcel, or package:  
(a) The name of the product, including the word "Michigan" when grown in Michigan.  
(b) The official state grade of the beans if inspected by a licensed bean inspector.  
(c) The net metric weight (grams, kilograms, milliliters, liters) and the net United  
States customary system weight (ounces, pounds, fluid ounces).  
(d) The name and address of the person or firm responsible for placing the product on  
the market.  
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(4) The labeling of bags, cartons, parcels, or packages shall be legible, conspicuous,  
neatly and uniformly applied, and comply with all of the following specifications  
and requirements:  
(a) The word "Michigan" and the word "beans" shall appear on the container as a part  
of the trademark or identification. For a product inspected by a licensed bean inspector,  
the words "Michigan" and "beans" shall appear in the declaration of the grade in the  
following order and form: "Michigan Choice Navy Beans" or "Michigan No. 1 Light  
Red Kidney Beans."  
(b) All container labeling shall meet food and drug administration (FDA) regulations  
as referenced in 21 C.F.R. § 101 et seq.  
(c) When a shipper so desires, all the required labeling may appear on a tag made from  
cloth or tough paper. The tag shall not be less than 2 1/2 inches by 5 inches in size,  
shall be furnished by the shipper, and shall be securely attached to the top and outside of  
the package. The proper grade, the name and address of the packer or distributor, or  
the net weight may appear alone on the tag if the other required label information  
appears on the container.  
(d) A shipper shall not use containers bearing the names of other shippers without  
having, in his or her possession, a signed authorization from the other shippers to use  
the containers.  
(e) Containers bearing grade labels that do not conform to the grade of beans being  
packaged shall be rebranded or stenciled in a neat and legible manner and improper  
labeling shall be completely obliterated. If rebranding is necessary and the shipper  
elects to use the tag labeling, then the containers may be turned with the plain side  
out if, in the judgment of the shipper, the procedure would improve the general  
appearance of the package.  
(5) Each lot or shipment of dry beans which is inspected by a licensed bean inspector  
and which is being transported and moving into trade channels, as described in subrule  
(1) of this rule, shall be accompanied by a copy of the official grade certificate or,  
instead of a copy of the official grade certificate, in the case of warehouse lots  
inspected by a licensed bean inspector, the driver of the vehicle or the transporting  
agent shall have, in his or her possession, documentary evidence giving all pertinent  
information regarding the grading and identification of the lot. For carload shipments  
inspected by a licensed bean inspector, the transport copy of the grade certificate shall  
be fastened to the inside of the car.  
(6) For all shipments of beans Which are graded by a licensed bean inspector and  
which are loaded in bulk or packed in 100-pound bags or containers on which the  
grade label does not appear, the correct grade and other required information shall  
appear on a placard supplied by the shipper or the applicant. The shipper or the applicant  
shall post the placard in a conspicuous place on the inside of the conveying vehicle. The  
placard shall be not less than 6 inches by 12 inches in size. The grade shall appear on  
the placard on a separate line in letters or figures that are a minimum size of 1/2  
inch, shall be of the form and wording used in the standards as provided in subrule  
(7) of this rule, and shall agree in every detail with the grade as stated on the transport  
copy of the inspection certificate, which the shipper shall also conspicuously post near  
the shipper's placard on the inside of the railroad vehicle.  
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(7) To achieve uniformity and to be consistent, the following form is required for the  
placard:  
Figure for 285.523.4  
History: 1979 AC; 1987 AACS; 1998-2000 AACS.  
R 285.523.5 Point of origin inspection on loaded lots.  
Rule 5. (1) Shippers or others requesting point of origin inspection on any lot of beans  
shall give the inspector ample advance notice of desired inspection service.  
(2) All shipments shall be completely loaded before official inspection is made. Beans  
shall not be loaded to a depth that would hinder or prevent thorough sampling of the  
load throughout the length and depth of the shipment. Official inspection shall not be  
made of beans that are sampled in the loading bins.  
(3) Shippers shall furnish help to the inspector to provide for thorough sampling or to  
gain access to all parts of any specific lot on which inspection is desired.  
(4) Inspectors shall thoroughly sample not less than 10% of all 100-pound bags in the  
lot and not less than 10 packages from every 10,000 pounds represented if containers  
hold less than 100 pounds each. Not less than 5 packages shall be selected for sampling  
of any sized lot. If small packages become mutilated as a result of sampling, then  
similar packages containing beans of equivalent quality may be substituted for the  
ones selected for sampling.  
(5) Extreme care shall be exercised by the inspector at all times when sampling so as  
not to unnecessarily damage the containers.  
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(6) Samples shall be taken from all parts of the lots at random. The inspector  
shallbe personally responsible for all samples and shall vouch that all samples drawn are  
truly representative to the best of his or her knowledge and belief.  
(7) Sufficiently large samples shall be drawn by the sampler or inspector so that not  
less than a 1-pound portion may be filed with the inspection laboratory and a portion  
that is equal to or greater than the 1-pound portion shall be kept on file by the inspector  
for not less than 90 days.  
(8) Bulk sampling methods and procedures shall be uniform for all inspectors and  
shall be in accordance with the instructionsthat shall be issued, in writing, to all  
inspectors from time to time as required.  
(9) Grade certificate for an established grade shall not be issued if there is an  
apparent wide variation of quality, but picking stock regulations shall then govern the  
inspection and disposition of the load.  
(10) An inspector shall at all times be in a position to furnish a sworn affidavit on any  
sample to substantiate and verify the origin and identity of the sample. An affidavits  
shall also specify that the sample was personally taken by the inspector strictly in  
accordance with the instructions provided under subrule (8) of this rule.  
(11) Entire composite samples of all bulk loads inspected shall be kept intact in  
approved sample bags and filed by the inspector for not less than 90 days.  
(12) Inspectors shall seal all trucks, cars, and other vehicles with official seals of the  
department of agriculture. Warehouse lots shall be sealed and identified in accordance  
with the provision of R 285.523.7.  
History: 1979 AC; 1987 AACS; 1998-2000 AACS.  
R 285.523.6 Submitted sample inspection.  
Rule 6. (1) Dry edible beans may be inspected and graded based on a sample of  
product submitted by certified shippers.  
(2) Certified shippers shall utilize the following sampling procedures when drawing  
samples for submission to the official grading agency for analysis:  
(a) All lots or loads to be graded on the basis of a submitted sample shall be sampled  
by a certified shipper.  
(b) A certified shipper shall thoroughly sample not less than 10% of all 100-pound  
bags in the lot and not less than 10 packages from every 10,000 pounds represented if  
containers hold less than 100 pounds each. Not less than 5 packages shall be selected  
for sampling of any sized lot.  
(c) Samples shall be taken from all parts of the lots at random. The certified shipper  
shall be responsible for all samples and shall vouch that all samples drawn are truly  
representative to the best of his or her knowledge and belief.  
(d) Sufficiently large samples shall be drawn by the certified shipper so that not less  
than a 1,000 gram portion may be filed with the inspection laboratory. The  
following is the minimum sample sizes for various conveyances:  
Conveyance Size/Cwt Sample Size/Grams Containers 420 1,000 Truck/Bulk  
Bagged 450 1,000 Railcar/Hopper 1,500/2,000 2,000  
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(3) A shipper shall be certified by the director of the Michigan department of  
agriculture based on a minimum of 4 hours of basic training and 2 hours of supplemental  
instruction each year after the year in which basic training is provided. The training and  
instruction shall be provided by the official grading agency and monitored by the  
Michigan department of agriculture.  
(4) A certified shipper shall be immediately disqualified from the privilege of  
participating in the submitted sample grading program for failing to utilize a certified  
sampler, failing to draw samples using an approved protocol, falsifying any samples  
or shipping documents, or failing to prevent shipments that do not meet the standards  
specified by the shipping documents. Disqualification shall remain in effect for a period  
of not less than 3 years from the date of declaration by the director. In addition, the  
shipper shall be provided a Michigan grade solely on a point of origin inspection  
during the disqualification period.  
(5) The documents accompanying the submitted sample shall include the shipper’s  
key number, lot number, proposed grade and weight of shipment, the name of the person  
drawing the sample, and the date of sampling.  
(6) Certified submitted samples shall be sent or delivered to the official grading agency  
where a moisture reading and grade analysis will be performed.  
(7) File samples shall be retained by the official grading agency for not less than 90  
days. The certified shipper shall retain the remainder of the composite samples for not  
less than 90 days from the date of sampling. The labeling of the composite sample must  
include the shippers key number, lot number, date of sample, proposed grade and  
weight of shipment, the name of shipper and location, and the name of the person  
drawing the sample.  
(8) A shipper will be furnished a grade certificate if the beans in the sample are in  
compliance with the criteria of the specific grade.  
(9) A grade certificate will indicate that the grade was based on a submitted sample  
and that the grade applies to the contents of the submitted sample only and not to the lot  
or load that it is meant to represent.  
History: 1979 AC; 1987 AACS; 1998-2000 AACS.  
R 285.523.7 Point of origin inspection on warehouse lots.  
Rule 7. (1) Warehouse point of origin inspection service shall be granted to dealers  
who comply with both of the following requirements:  
(a) A warehouseman or shipper shall positively and adequately identify warehouse  
lots with a key number and lot number for 100% of the containers before sampling and  
inspection.  
(b) A shipper or warehouseman shall furnish help to the inspector that enables the  
inspector to thoroughly sample, identify, and seal all warehouse inspected lots.  
(2) Warehouse inspection shall be refused by the department of agriculture for  
noncompliance with the required procedures set forth in these rules.  
(3) The transport copy of the grade certificate or other positive and adequate  
evidence of inspection shall be supplied to the transporting agent by the shipper.  
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History: 1979 AC; 1987 AACS; 1998-2000 AACS.  
R 285.523.8 Issuance and use of official grade certificates.  
Rule 8. (1) The official bean grade certificate of the Michigan department of  
agriculture shall consist of a form and words mutually agreed upon and approved by the  
department and the official grading agency and shall carry the official state seal.  
(2) Throughout the duration of the cooperative agreement between the Michigan  
department of agriculture and the official grading agency, the chief bean inspector of the  
official grading agency shall be the official grading authority for the determination of  
conformance of any lot of beans to the official state grade.  
(3) Each grade certificate shall have the key identification number of the shipper, as  
furnished by the Michigan department of agriculture, recorded on the certificate.  
(4) A grade certificate shall not be valid if the beans are not shipped within 15 days of  
the date on the certificate.  
(5) Each car lot and truck lot of beans inspected by a licensed bean inspector at the  
point of origin shall be sealed with the official seal of the Michigan department of  
agriculture and the seal numbers shall be recorded on the grade certificate. Lot numbers  
or symbols of identification of warehouse lots shall appear on the grade certificate.  
(6) For lots inspected by a licensed bean inspector the original grade certificate or  
suitable manifests shall, in all cases, be delivered to the buyer with the invoice or other  
documents covering the shipment.  
History: 1979 AC; 1987 AACS; 1998-2000 AACS.  
R 285.523.9 Reinspection.  
Rule 9. A shipper, owner, or seller of an officially certified lot of beans is entitled to  
reinspection at the point of origin if he or she has sufficient grounds to differ with the  
grading of the lot by the inspector making the original point of origin inspection.  
The request for a reinspection shall be filed with the chief inspector. The chief  
inspector shall supervise or direct the resampling or he or she may use the inspector's  
sample for analysis. If the chief inspector's grading differs from the original  
inspector's grading, then all copies of the certificate covering the first inspection shall be  
surrendered and a new certificate shall be issued by the chief inspector. If the grading  
of the first inspector is confirmed, then the applicant for a reinspection shall bear all  
additional costs incurred in connection with the reinspection.  
History: 1979 AC; 1987 AACS; 1998-2000 AACS.  
R 285.523.10 Appeal inspections.  
Rule 10. (1) A financially interested party is entitled to appeal the grade of a lot or  
shipment of beans officially inspected as a point of origin inspection if the quality and  
condition of the lot, upon arrival at the destination, does not conform to the grade and  
condition as shown on the official bean grade certificate. The request for an appeal  
inspection shall be filed with the chief inspector within 3 full business days after arrival  
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of the shipment and before the shipment is unloaded and loses its identity. The chief  
inspector shall supervise and direct the sampling and the grade shall be determined by  
the director of the Michigan department of agriculture on the basis of the sample  
submitted to him or her by the chief inspector. An advisory board shall be established  
for the purpose of advising the director of the Michigan department of agriculture.  
The board shall consist of the chief inspector, the state supervisor, and 1 disinterested  
licensed bean inspector.  
(2) If the original grade is reversed, then the outstanding certificate shall be recalled  
and a certificate giving the correct grade shall be issued by the director of the Michigan  
department of agriculture. The decision of the director of the Michigan department of  
agriculture is final. The loser in the appeal shall bear the cost incurred in connection  
with the appeal.  
History: 1979 AC; 1987 AACS; 1998-2000 AACS.  
R 285.523.11 Interpretation and amendment of rules.  
Rule 11. (1) The director of the Michigan department of agriculture is charged with  
responsibility of the administration of these rules and is authorized to interpret their  
provisions and set up procedures that he or she deems necessary to carry out the intent  
and purposes of these rules.  
(2) These rules may be amended at any time throughout the year by the commission  
of agriculture upon agreement between the parties of the latest cooperative contract  
between the Michigan department of agriculture and the official grading agency. The  
amendments shall be made by means of a special committee. The members of the  
special committee shall consist of persons appointed by the official grading agency to  
represent its interests in the contract and the director of