United States Standards for Grades of Mushrooms, 30366-30367 [E6-8102]

Download as PDF 30366 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 102 / Friday, May 26, 2006 / Notices Comments should reference OMB No. 0581–0215 and the Marketing Order for Pistachios Grown in California, M.O. No. 983, and be mailed to Docket Clerk, Fruit and Vegetable Programs, AMS, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Stop 0237, Washington, DC 20250– 0237; Tel: (202) 720–2491, Fax (202) 720–8938; or e-mail: moab.docketclerk@usda.gov. Comments should reference the docket number and the date and page number of this issue of the Federal Register. All comments received will be available for public inspection in the Office of the Docket Clerk during regular USDA business hours at 1400 Independence Ave., SW., Washington, DC, room 2525–S. All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the request for OMB approval. All comments will also become a matter of public record. Dated: May 22, 2006. Lloyd C. Day, Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. E6–8104 Filed 5–25–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Marketing Service [Docket Number FV–06–307] United States Standards for Grades of Mushrooms Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice. jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), prior to undertaking research and other work associated with revising official grade standards, is soliciting comments on the possible revisions of the United States Standards for Grades of Mushrooms. At a meeting with the Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee, AMS was asked to review the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable grade standards for usefulness in serving the industry. As a result, AMS has identified the United States Standards for Grades of Mushrooms for possible revision. AMS is considering proposed revisions that would allow the standards to be used for open veil types of mushrooms, include small, medium, and large size classifications for open veil types of mushrooms; revise the current size classifications (small to medium and large) as well as an addition of a button and jumbo size for the closed veil types of mushrooms; and eliminate the unclassified category. AMS is seeking comments regarding VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:12 May 25, 2006 Jkt 208001 these changes as well as any other revisions that may be necessary to better serve the industry. DATES: Comments must be received by July 25, 2006. 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) 720–8871, e-mail FPB.DocketClerk@usda.gov. Comments should make reference to the dates and page number of this issue of the Federal Register and will be made available for public inspection in the above office during regular business hours. The United States Standards for Grades of Mushrooms are available either at the above address or by accessing the AMS, Fresh Products Branch Web site at: http://www.ams.usda.gov/standards/ stanfrfv.htm. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cheri L. Emery, at the above address or call (202) 720–2185; E-mail Cheri.Emery@usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 203(c) of the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 (7 U.S.C. 1621–1627), as amended, directs and authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture ‘‘To develop and improve standards of quality, condition, quantity, grade and packaging and recommend and demonstrate such standards in order to encourage uniformity and consistency in commercial practices.’’ AMS is committed to carrying out this authority in a manner that facilitates the marketing of agricultural commodities. AMS makes copies of official standards available upon request. The United States Standards for Grades of Fruits and Vegetables not connected with Federal Marketing Orders or U.S. Import Requirements no longer appear in the Code of Federal Regulations, but are maintained by USDA/AMS/Fruit and Vegetable Programs. AMS is considering revisions to the voluntary United States Standards for Grades of Mushrooms using procedures that appear in Part 36, Title 7 of the Code of Federal Regulations (7 CFR part 36). These standards were last revised on July 15, 1966. Background At a meeting with the Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee, AMS was asked to review the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable grade standards for usefulness in serving the industry. AMS PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 has identified the United States Standards for Grades of Mushrooms for possible revision. Prior to undertaking detailed work to develop the proposed revisions to the standards, AMS is soliciting comments on the proposed revisions and any other comments on the United States Standards for Grades of Mushrooms to better serve the industry. AMS is considering revising the requirement to be free from open veils to read ‘‘Additionally, closed veil types shall be free from open veils.’’ AMS is also considering revising the definition of mature to read ‘‘Mature means that the mushroom is firm and well developed; for closed veil types the veil area may be stretched but not broken.’’ Unlike the current standards, these proposed revisions would allow the standards to be used for open veil types of mushrooms. Additionally, AMS is considering revising the size section from its current classifications of small to medium (up to 15⁄8 inches in diameter) and large (over 15⁄8 inches in diameter) to incorporate current size classifications being used by industry for closed veil types of mushrooms, and add size classifications for open veil types of mushrooms. The size classifications for closed veil types of mushrooms would be: Button mushrooms shall be less than 11⁄4 inches in diameter, medium mushrooms shall be 11⁄4 inches to less than 2 inches in diameter, large mushrooms shall be 2 inches to less than 23⁄4 inches in diameter, and jumbo mushrooms shall be 23⁄4 inches in diameter and larger. The proposed size classifications for open veil types of mushrooms are: Small mushrooms shall be less than 3 inches in diameter, medium mushrooms shall be 3 inches to less than 4 inches in diameter, and large mushrooms shall be 4 inches in diameter and larger. AMS also would eliminate the unclassified category. This section is being removed in all standards, when they are revised. This category is not a grade and only serves to show that no grade has been applied to the lot. It is no longer considered necessary. These revisions would bring the standards for mushrooms in line with current marketing practices, thereby improving the usefulness in serving the industry. This notice provides for a 60-day comment period for interested parties to comment on the proposed changes to the United States Standards for Grades of Mushrooms. Should AMS conclude that revisions are needed, it will develop a proposed revised standard that will be published in the Federal E:\FR\FM\26MYN1.SGM 26MYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 102 / Friday, May 26, 2006 / Notices Register with a request for comments in accordance with 7 CFR part 36. Authority: 7 U.S.C. 1621–1627. Dated: May 22, 2006. Lloyd C. Day, Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. E6–8102 Filed 5–25–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Marketing Service [Docket No. FV–06–309] United States Standards for Grades of Tomatoes on the Vine Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), of the Department of Agriculture (USDA) is soliciting comments on the proposed voluntary United States Standards for Grades of Tomatoes on the Vine. The proposed standards would provide industry with a common language and uniform basis for trading, thus promoting the orderly and efficient marketing of tomatoes on the vine (TOV). DATES: Comments must be received by July 25, 2006. 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) 720–8871, e-mail FPB.DocketClerk@usda.gov. Comments should make reference to the dates and page number of this issue of the Federal Register and will be made available for public inspection in the above office during regular business hours. The proposed United States Standards for Grades of Tomatoes on the Vine are available either from the above address or the AMS, Fresh Products Branch Web site at: http://www.ams.usda.gov/fv/ fpbdocketlist.htm. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES Cheri L. Emery, at the above address or call (202) 720–2185; e-mail Cheri.Emery@usda.gov. Section 203(c) of the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 (7 U.S.C. 1621–1627), as amended, directs and authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture ‘‘To develop SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:12 May 25, 2006 Jkt 208001 30367 and improve standards of quality, condition, quantity, grade, and packaging, and recommend and demonstrate such standards in order to encourage uniformity and consistency in commercial practices.’’ AMS is committed to carrying out this authority in a manner that facilitates the marketing of agricultural commodities and makes copies of official standards available upon request. The United States Standards for Grades of Fruits and Vegetables not connected with Federal Marketing Orders or U.S. Import Requirements, no longer appear in the Code of Federal Regulations, but are maintained by USDA, AMS, Fruit and Vegetable Pograms. AMS is proposing to establish voluntary United States Standards for Grades of Tomatoes on the Vine using the procedures that appear in Part 36, Title 7 of the Code of Federal Regulations (7 CFR part 36). SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, intends to grant to Britannia Mills Ltd, New York, NY, an exclusive license to U.S. Patent Application Serial No. 10/ 730,208, ‘‘Methods of Improving ShrinkResistance of Natural Fibers, Synthetic Fibers, or Mixtures Thereof, or Fabric or Yarn Composed of Natural Fibers, Synthetic Fibers, or Mixtures Thereof’’, filed on December 8, 2003. Background DATES: AMS published a notice in the Federal Register (68 FR 68859) on December 10, 2003, soliciting comments on the possible revision of the United States Standards for Grades of Greenhouse Tomatoes. Based on comments received, AMS has determined that there is a need for a separate standard specifically for TOV. The proposed standards for TOV would establish the following grades as well as a tolerance for each grade: U.S. No. 1 and U.S. No. 2. In addition, ‘‘Application of Tolerances’’ and ‘‘Size Classifications’’ sections would be established. This proposal also defines ‘‘Damage,’’ ‘‘Serious Damage,’’ specific basic requirements, and other defects. The proposed TOV standards would provide a common language for trade and a means of measuring value in the marketing of this commodity. The official grade of a lot of TOV covered by these standards will be determined by the procedures set forth in the Regulations Governing Inspection, Certification, and Standards of Fresh Fruits, Vegetables, and Other Products. (Sec. 51.1 to 51.61). This notice provides a 60-day comment period for interested parties to comment on the proposed United States Standards for Grades of Tomatoes on the Vine. Authority: 7 U.S.C. 1621–1627. Dated: May 22, 2006. Lloyd C. Day, Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. E6–8103 Filed 5–25–06; 8:45 am] DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Research Service Notice of Intent To Grant Exclusive License AGENCY: Agricultural Research Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice of intent. Comments must be received within thirty (30) calendar days of the date of publication of this Notice in the Federal Register. Send comments to: USDA, ARS, Office of Technology Transfer, 5601 Sunnyside Avenue, Rm. 4–1174, Beltsville, Maryland 20705–5131. ADDRESSES: June Blalock of the Office of Technology Transfer at the Beltsville address given above; telephone: 301–504–5989. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The Federal Government’s patent rights in this invention are assigned to the United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of Agriculture. It is in the public interest to so license this invention as Britannia Mills Ltd, New York, has submitted a complete and sufficient application for a license. The prospective exclusive license will be royalty-bearing and will comply with the terms and conditions of 35 U.S.C. 209 and 37 CFR 404.7. The prospective exclusive license may be granted unless, within thirty (30) days from the date of this published Notice, the Agricultural Research Service receives written evidence and argument which establishes that the grant of the license would not be consistent with the requirements of 35 U.S.C. 209 and 37 CFR 404.7. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Martha Bair Steinbock, Deputy Assistant Administrator. [FR Doc. E6–8159 Filed 5–25–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–03–P BILLING CODE 3410–02–P PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\26MYN1.SGM 26MYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 102 (Friday, May 26, 2006)]
[Notices]
[Pages 30366-30367]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E6-8102]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Agricultural Marketing Service

[Docket Number FV-06-307]


United States Standards for Grades of Mushrooms

AGENCY: Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), prior to undertaking 
research and other work associated with revising official grade 
standards, is soliciting comments on the possible revisions of the 
United States Standards for Grades of Mushrooms. At a meeting with the 
Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee, AMS was asked to 
review the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable grade standards for usefulness in 
serving the industry. As a result, AMS has identified the United States 
Standards for Grades of Mushrooms for possible revision.
    AMS is considering proposed revisions that would allow the 
standards to be used for open veil types of mushrooms, include small, 
medium, and large size classifications for open veil types of 
mushrooms; revise the current size classifications (small to medium and 
large) as well as an addition of a button and jumbo size for the closed 
veil types of mushrooms; and eliminate the unclassified category. AMS 
is seeking comments regarding these changes as well as any other 
revisions that may be necessary to better serve the industry.

DATES: Comments must be received by July 25, 2006.

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) 720-8871, e-mail 
FPB.DocketClerk@usda.gov. Comments should make reference to the dates 
and page number of this issue of the Federal Register and will be made 
available for public inspection in the above office during regular 
business hours. The United States Standards for Grades of Mushrooms are 
available either at the above address or by accessing the AMS, Fresh 
Products Branch Web site at: http://www.ams.usda.gov/standards/
stanfrfv.htm.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cheri L. Emery, at the above address 
or call (202) 720-2185; E-mail Cheri.Emery@usda.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 203(c) of the Agricultural Marketing 
Act of 1946 (7 U.S.C. 1621-1627), as amended, directs and authorizes 
the Secretary of Agriculture ``To develop and improve standards of 
quality, condition, quantity, grade and packaging and recommend and 
demonstrate such standards in order to encourage uniformity and 
consistency in commercial practices.'' AMS is committed to carrying out 
this authority in a manner that facilitates the marketing of 
agricultural commodities. AMS makes copies of official standards 
available upon request. The United States Standards for Grades of 
Fruits and Vegetables not connected with Federal Marketing Orders or 
U.S. Import Requirements no longer appear in the Code of Federal 
Regulations, but are maintained by USDA/AMS/Fruit and Vegetable 
Programs.
    AMS is considering revisions to the voluntary United States 
Standards for Grades of Mushrooms using procedures that appear in Part 
36, Title 7 of the Code of Federal Regulations (7 CFR part 36). These 
standards were last revised on July 15, 1966.

Background

    At a meeting with the Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory 
Committee, AMS was asked to review the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable grade 
standards for usefulness in serving the industry. AMS has identified 
the United States Standards for Grades of Mushrooms for possible 
revision. Prior to undertaking detailed work to develop the proposed 
revisions to the standards, AMS is soliciting comments on the proposed 
revisions and any other comments on the United States Standards for 
Grades of Mushrooms to better serve the industry.
    AMS is considering revising the requirement to be free from open 
veils to read ``Additionally, closed veil types shall be free from open 
veils.'' AMS is also considering revising the definition of mature to 
read ``Mature means that the mushroom is firm and well developed; for 
closed veil types the veil area may be stretched but not broken.'' 
Unlike the current standards, these proposed revisions would allow the 
standards to be used for open veil types of mushrooms.
    Additionally, AMS is considering revising the size section from its 
current classifications of small to medium (up to 1\5/8\ inches in 
diameter) and large (over 1\5/8\ inches in diameter) to incorporate 
current size classifications being used by industry for closed veil 
types of mushrooms, and add size classifications for open veil types of 
mushrooms. The size classifications for closed veil types of mushrooms 
would be: Button mushrooms shall be less than 1\1/4\ inches in 
diameter, medium mushrooms shall be 1\1/4\ inches to less than 2 inches 
in diameter, large mushrooms shall be 2 inches to less than 2\3/4\ 
inches in diameter, and jumbo mushrooms shall be 2\3/4\ inches in 
diameter and larger. The proposed size classifications for open veil 
types of mushrooms are: Small mushrooms shall be less than 3 inches in 
diameter, medium mushrooms shall be 3 inches to less than 4 inches in 
diameter, and large mushrooms shall be 4 inches in diameter and larger. 
AMS also would eliminate the unclassified category. This section is 
being removed in all standards, when they are revised. This category is 
not a grade and only serves to show that no grade has been applied to 
the lot. It is no longer considered necessary. These revisions would 
bring the standards for mushrooms in line with current marketing 
practices, thereby improving the usefulness in serving the industry.
    This notice provides for a 60-day comment period for interested 
parties to comment on the proposed changes to the United States 
Standards for Grades of Mushrooms. Should AMS conclude that revisions 
are needed, it will develop a proposed revised standard that will be 
published in the Federal

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Register with a request for comments in accordance with 7 CFR part 36.

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

    Dated: May 22, 2006.
Lloyd C. Day,
Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service.
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