United States Standards for Grades of Cucumbers, 12172 [05-4810]

Download as PDF 12172 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 47 / Friday, March 11, 2005 / Notices USDA with regard to quantity of leaf tobacco in all forms in the United States and Puerto, owned by or in the possession of dealers, manufacturers, growers’ cooperative associations, and others with the exception of the original growers of the tobacco. The information furnished under the provisions of this Act shall be used only for statistical purposes for which it is supplied. Need and Use of the Information: The basic purpose of the information collection is to ascertain the total supply of unmanufactured tobacco available to domestic manufacturers and to calculate the amount consumed in manufactured tobacco products. This data is also used for the calculation of production quotas for individual types of tobacco and for price support calculations. Without the information USDA would not be able to disseminate marketing information as directed and authorized in the Act. Description of Respondents: Business or other for-profit. Number of Respondents: 76. Frequency of Responses: Reporting: quarterly. Total Burden Hours: 278. Ruth Brown, Departmental Information Collection Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 05–4809 Filed 3–10–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–M DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Marketing Service [Docket Number FV–04–307] United States Standards for Grades of Cucumbers Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice; withdrawal. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is withdrawing the notice soliciting comments on its proposal to amend the voluntary United States Standards for Grades of Cucumbers. After reviewing and considering the comments received, the Agency has decided not to proceed with this action. EFFECTIVE DATE: March 11, 2005. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David Priester, Standardization Section, Fresh Products Branch, Fruit and Vegetable Programs, Agricultural Marketing Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Room 1661 South Building, STOP 0240, Washington, DC 20250–0240, Fax (202) 720–8871 or call (202) 720–2185; e-mail VerDate jul<14>2003 16:40 Mar 10, 2005 Jkt 205001 David.Priester@usda.gov. The United States Standards for Grades of Cucumbers are available either through the address cited above or by accessing the Fresh Products Branch Web site at http://www.ams.usda.gov/standards/ stanfrfv.htm. Background At a 2003 meeting with the Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee, AMS was asked to review all the fresh fruit and vegetable grade standards for usefulness in serving the industry. AMS had identified the United States Standards for Grades of Cucumbers for a possible revision. The United States Standards for Grades of Cucumbers were last amended March 1, 1958. On June 25, 2004, a notice requesting comments on the possible revision of the standards by incorporating industry terms as well as other changes was published in the Federal Register (69 FR 35572) with the comment period ending August 24, 2004. Three comments were received during the official period for comment. One comment from a consumer did not support revising the standard. One comment from an industry member supported the inclusion of industry terms. The commenter stated, ‘‘I feel we should have two categories for Super Selects: #1 criteria being a 66–76 count and a #2 criteria being a 56–65 count.’’ However, another industry member commented, ‘‘That the terms Super Select, Select, Small, Large and Plain are commonly used by the industry to convey the desired size, quality and condition of cucumbers but that the criteria for these terms are not consistently defined. This commenter noted that the meaning is often interpreted differently by various trading partners.’’ This industry member further stated, ‘‘* * * that wholesale receivers and the greater produce industry would be better served if current trading practices were supported by a system of U.S. grade standards that establish reasonable parameters for size, consistency of size within packs and provide more meaningful definitions for quality and condition.’’ However, the commenter did not include those definitions. While some members of the industry agree that a consistency of size and specific count ranges would promote orderly marketing, different segments within the industry are divided over the meanings of industry terms. In view of the lack of any substantial consensus as to whether the proposed inclusion of industry terms would meet the needs of the entire industry, the notice is being withdrawn. The withdrawal of this PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 notice will provide industry representatives with an opportunity for further discussions in the areas of mutual concern. After reviewing and considering the comments received, the Agency has decided not to proceed with the action. Therefore, the notice published June 25, 2004 (69 FR 35572), is withdrawn. Authority: 7 U.S.C. 1621–1627. Dated: March 7, 2005. Kenneth C. Clayton, Acting Administrator. [FR Doc. 05–4810 Filed 3–10–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Marketing Service [Docket Number FV–04–311] United States Standards for Grades of Kale Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice; request for public comment. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) of the Department of Agriculture (USDA) is soliciting comments on it’s proposal to revise the United States Standards for Grades of Kale. This action is being taken at the request of the Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee, which asked AMS to review the grade standards for possible revision. AMS is proposing to revise the standards to allow percentages to be determined by count rather than weight. AMS is also proposing to revise the application of tolerances for packages which contain less than 15 specimens. Additionally, based on a request from an industry group, the North American Perishable Agriculture Receivers (NAPAR), AMS is proposing to allow the standards to be used for kale leaves and bunches of leaves in addition to kale plants. The proposed revision would bring the standards for kale in line with current marketing practices, thereby improving the usefulness in serving the industry. DATES: Comments must be received by May 10, 2005. ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments to the Standardization Section, Fresh Products Branch, Fruit and Vegetable Programs, Agricultural Marketing Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Ave. SW., Room 1661, South Building, Stop 0240, Washington, DC 20250–0240; Fax (202) E:\FR\FM\11MRN1.SGM 11MRN1

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[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 47 (Friday, March 11, 2005)]
[Notices]
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[FR Doc No: 05-4810]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Agricultural Marketing Service

[Docket Number FV-04-307]


United States Standards for Grades of Cucumbers

AGENCY: Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice; withdrawal.

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SUMMARY: The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is withdrawing the 
notice soliciting comments on its proposal to amend the voluntary 
United States Standards for Grades of Cucumbers. After reviewing and 
considering the comments received, the Agency has decided not to 
proceed with this action.

EFFECTIVE DATE: March 11, 2005.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David Priester, Standardization 
Section, Fresh Products Branch, Fruit and Vegetable Programs, 
Agricultural Marketing Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 
Independence Avenue, SW., Room 1661 South Building, STOP 0240, 
Washington, DC 20250-0240, Fax (202) 720-8871 or call (202) 720-2185; 
e-mail David.Priester@usda.gov. The United States Standards for Grades 
of Cucumbers are available either through the address cited above or by 
accessing the Fresh Products Branch Web site at http://
www.ams.usda.gov/standards/stanfrfv.htm.

Background

    At a 2003 meeting with the Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory 
Committee, AMS was asked to review all the fresh fruit and vegetable 
grade standards for usefulness in serving the industry. AMS had 
identified the United States Standards for Grades of Cucumbers for a 
possible revision. The United States Standards for Grades of Cucumbers 
were last amended March 1, 1958.
    On June 25, 2004, a notice requesting comments on the possible 
revision of the standards by incorporating industry terms as well as 
other changes was published in the Federal Register (69 FR 35572) with 
the comment period ending August 24, 2004.
    Three comments were received during the official period for 
comment. One comment from a consumer did not support revising the 
standard. One comment from an industry member supported the inclusion 
of industry terms. The commenter stated, ``I feel we should have two 
categories for Super Selects: 1 criteria being a 66-76 count 
and a 2 criteria being a 56-65 count.'' However, another 
industry member commented, ``That the terms Super Select, Select, 
Small, Large and Plain are commonly used by the industry to convey the 
desired size, quality and condition of cucumbers but that the criteria 
for these terms are not consistently defined. This commenter noted that 
the meaning is often interpreted differently by various trading 
partners.'' This industry member further stated, ``* * * that wholesale 
receivers and the greater produce industry would be better served if 
current trading practices were supported by a system of U.S. grade 
standards that establish reasonable parameters for size, consistency of 
size within packs and provide more meaningful definitions for quality 
and condition.'' However, the commenter did not include those 
definitions.
    While some members of the industry agree that a consistency of size 
and specific count ranges would promote orderly marketing, different 
segments within the industry are divided over the meanings of industry 
terms. In view of the lack of any substantial consensus as to whether 
the proposed inclusion of industry terms would meet the needs of the 
entire industry, the notice is being withdrawn. The withdrawal of this 
notice will provide industry representatives with an opportunity for 
further discussions in the areas of mutual concern.
    After reviewing and considering the comments received, the Agency 
has decided not to proceed with the action. Therefore, the notice 
published June 25, 2004 (69 FR 35572), is withdrawn.

    Authority: 7 U.S.C. 1621-1627.

    Dated: March 7, 2005.
Kenneth C. Clayton,
Acting Administrator.
[FR Doc. 05-4810 Filed 3-10-05; 8:45 am]
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