Section 5: Treated Seed Labeling

Summary: The Federal Seed Act (FSA) mandates that treated seeds have labels that provide information to allow seed customers and handlers to make informed choices and to adhere to “best management practices” for use. The information on seed tags is specifically described and enforced under the FSA by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) may specify additional information on the seed tag, via instructions on the labels of seed treatment products registered under FIFRA.

  1. Treated Seed Tag Labeling:
    1. Every container of treated seed must be labeled per regulations promulgated under the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Federal Seed Act. The FSA requires treated seed to be labeled with the statement, “Not to be used for food, feed and oil,” and the identity of the active ingredients used to treat the seed.
    2. Include all Seed Tag requirements as indicated on the EPA-approved seed treatment product label.
    3. All seeds treated with chemical pesticides, except for hopper planter box application, must be colored with an “EPA approved dye or colorant that imparts an unnatural color to the seed” [40 CFR ยง153.155(c)]. Additional local, state and federal requirements may apply. Refer to your local and state regulations.