Tennessee Code Annotated

Title 53: Food, Drugs and Cosmetics

Chapter 1: Tennessee Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act

Part 1: General Provisions

TCA 53-1-103: Prohibited acts -- Penalties -- Exceptions.

(a)  The following acts, and the causing of the following acts, within the state are prohibited:

     (1)  The manufacture, sale, or delivery, holding or offering for sale of any food, drug, device or cosmetic that is adulterated or misbranded;

     (2)  The adulteration or misbranding of any food, drug, device or cosmetic;

     (3)  The receipt of any food, drug, device or cosmetic that is adulterated or misbranded, and the delivery or proffered delivery of any food, drug, device or cosmetic that is adulterated or misbranded for pay or otherwise;

     (4)  The sale, delivery for sale, holding for sale or offering for sale of any article in violation of §§ 53-1-110, 53-1-206 or 53-1-209;

     (5)  The dissemination, in any manner or by any means or through any medium, of any false advertisement or for any advertising medium to knowingly publish false or misleading advertising;

     (6)  The refusal to permit:

          (A)  Entry or inspection, or refusal to permit the taking of a sample, as authorized by § 53-1-208; or

          (B)  Access to or copying of any record as authorized by § 53-1-209;

     (7)  The giving of a guaranty or undertaking, which guaranty or undertaking is false, except by a person who relied on a guaranty or undertaking to the same effect signed by, and containing the name and address of the person residing in the United States from whom this person received in good faith the food, drug, device or cosmetic;

     (8)  The removal or disposal of a detained or embargoed article in violation of § 53-1-202;

     (9)  The alteration, mutilation, destruction, obliteration or removal of the whole or any part of the labeling of, or the doing of any other act with respect to, a food, drug, device or cosmetic, if the act is done while the article is held for sale and results in the article's being misbranded;

     (10)  The forging, counterfeiting, simulating or falsely representing, or without proper authority using any mark, stamp, tag, label or other identification device authorized or required by regulations promulgated under this chapter;

     (11)  The using, on the labeling of any drug or in any advertisement relating to the drug, of any representation or suggestion that an application with respect to the drug is effective under § 53-1-110, or that the drug complies with § 53-1-110;

     (12)  The sale of alcohol in violation of rules and regulations adopted by the United States treasury department, alcohol tax division, or by the department of revenue or the alcoholic beverage commission;

     (13)  The sale by vending machines of any drugs that are capable of causing physical or mental harm if taken internally in overdoses;

     (14)  The manufacture, sale, or delivery, holding or offering for sale of any food, drug, device or cosmetic that contains any level of radiation or any amount of pesticide residue, food additive, color additive or other substance, in excess of the amount adopted or prescribed by regulation of the commissioner under authority of § 53-1-107; or

     (15)  The sale, delivery, holding, processing, or offering for sale any salvageable merchandise in violation of this chapter or any regulation promulgated under this chapter.

(b)  (1)  Any person who violates subsection (a) commits a Class C misdemeanor.

     (2)  No person shall be subject to the penalties of subdivision (b)(1) for having violated subdivision (a)(1) or (3) if the person established a guaranty or undertaking signed by, and containing the name and address of, the person residing in the United States from whom the person received in good faith the article, to the effect that the article is not adulterated or misbranded within the meaning of this chapter.

(c)  No publisher, radio-broadcast licensee, or agency or medium for the dissemination of an advertisement, except the manufacturer, packer, distributor, or seller of the article to which a false advertisement relates, shall be liable under this section by reason of the dissemination by the publisher, licensee, agency or medium of the false advertisement unless the publisher, licensee, agency or medium has refused, on the request of the commissioner, to furnish the commissioner with the name and post office address of the manufacturer, packer, distributor, seller or advertising agency, who caused the publisher, licensee, agency or medium to disseminate the advertisement.

History: [Acts 1941, ch. 120, §§ 3, 5; C. Supp. 1950, §§ 6580.3, 6580.5; impl. am. Acts 1959, ch. 9, § 14; Acts 1961, ch. 55, § 2; 1963, ch. 226, § 1; impl. am. Acts 1963, chs. 257-259; Acts 1967, ch. 42, § 2; 1971, ch. 163, § 44; 1974, ch. 626, § 1; 1976, ch. 658, § 2; T.C.A. (orig. ed.), §§ 52-103, 52-105; Acts 1989, ch. 591, § 113.]