The Mushroom Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information Act (“Act”) is a federal legislation that provides for the cooperative development, financing, and implementation of a coordinated program of mushroom promotion, research, and consumer information that are necessary to maintain and expand existing markets for mushrooms. It is established pursuant to 7 USCS § 6101. The Act provides for the improvement of mushrooms. It also provides for yielding mushrooms that are high quality, readily available, handled properly, and marketed efficiently to ensure that the benefits of this important product are available to the people of the U.S.
Under this Act, Secretary of Agriculture has the following duties:
1.To strengthen the mushroom industry's position in the marketplace;
2.To maintain and expand existing markets and uses for mushrooms; and
3.To develop new markets and uses for mushrooms.
This Act prohibits any person who willfully violates a provision of any order or regulation issued by the Secretary of Agriculture (“Secretary”), or who fails or refuses to pay, collect, or remit any assessment or fee duly required of the person under such order or regulation, may be assessed a civil penalty by the Secretary. However, each violation is considered a separate offense.