United States Standards for Grades of Peppers (Other Than Sweet Peppers), 41755-41756 [E6-11740]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 141 / Monday, July 24, 2006 / Notices received in response to this notice. The comment was in favor of the proposed change. Accordingly, AMS believes that the revised U.S. grade standards will provide a common language for trade; a means of measuring value in the marketing of canned sweet potatoes, and provide for the effective utilization of canned sweet potatoes. A copy of the proposed grade standards was posted on the AMS website located at https:// www.ams.usda.gov/fv/ppb.html and is also available at the address cited above under ‘‘For Further Information.’’ The official grade of a lot of canned sweet potatoes covered by these standards will be determined by the procedures set forth in the Regulations Governing Inspection and Certification of Processed Fruits and Vegetables, Processed Products Thereof, and Certain Other Processed Food Products (7 CFR 52.1–52.83). The revised U.S. Standards for Grades of Canned Sweet Potatoes will become effective 30 days after publication of this notice in the Federal Register. Authority: 7 U.S.C. 1621–1627. Dated: July 18, 2006. Lloyd C. Day, Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. E6–11734 Filed 7–21–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Marketing Service [Docket Number FV–06–314] United States Standards for Grades of Parsley Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: 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 to the United States Standards for Grades of Parsley. 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 Parsley for possible revision. AMS is considering proposed revisions that would allow that percentages be determined by count and not weight and eliminate the sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:54 Jul 21, 2006 Jkt 208001 unclassified category. AMS is seeking comments regarding these changes as well as any other revisions to the parsley standards that may be necessary to better serve the industry. DATES: Comments must be received by September 22, 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 Parsley are available either through the address cited above or by accessing the AMS, Fresh Products Branch Web site at: https://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 Parsley 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 30, 1930. Background At a meeting with the Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee, AMS was asked to review the fresh fruit PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 41755 and vegetable grade standards for usefulness in serving the industry. AMS has identified the United States Standards for Grades of Parsley for possible revision. Prior to undertaking detailed work to develop 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 Parsley to better serve the industry. Currently, parsley is packed and marketed by count and weight. Taking into account these marketing practices, AMS is considering changing the current standards to determine the percentages for tolerances, defects, and the like to be determined by count and not weight. AMS would also 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. Additionally, AMS is seeking comments regarding any other revisions that may be necessary to better serve 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 Parsley. Should AMS conclude that revisions are needed it will develop a proposed revised standard that will be published in the Federal Register with a request for comments in accordance with 7 CFR part 36. Authority: 7 U.S.C. 1621–1627. Dated: July 18, 2006. Lloyd C. Day, Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. E6–11735 Filed 7–21–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Marketing Service [Docket Number FV–06–306] United States Standards for Grades of Peppers (Other Than Sweet Peppers) 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 Peppers (Other Than Sweet Peppers). This action is being taken at the request of the Fruit and Vegetable Industry E:\FR\FM\24JYN1.SGM 24JYN1 41756 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 141 / Monday, July 24, 2006 / Notices Advisory Committee, which asked AMS to identify commodities that needed grade standards developed to facilitate commerce. The proposed standards would provide industry with a common language and uniform basis for trading, thus promoting the orderly and efficient marketing of peppers that are not sweet peppers. DATES: Comments must be received by September 22, 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 and on the Internet. The draft of the proposed United States Standards for Grades of Peppers (Other Than Sweet Peppers) is available either from the above address or by accessing AMS, Fresh Products Branch website at: https://www.ams.usda.gov/fv/ fpbdocketlist.htm. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: 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 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 that are not requirements of 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 proposing to establish voluntary United States Standards for Grades of Peppers (Other Than Sweet Peppers) using the procedures that sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:54 Jul 21, 2006 Jkt 208001 appear in Part 36, Title 7 of the Code of Federal Regulations (7 CFR part 36). Background At a meeting of the Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee, AMS was asked to identify fresh fruit and vegetables that may be better served if grade standards are developed. As a result, AMS identified peppers that were not sweet peppers as possibly in need of official grade standards. Such standards are used by the fresh produce industry to describe the product they are trading, thus facilitating the marketing of the product. Prior to undertaking research and other work associated to develop the standards, AMS published a notice in the Federal Register (71 FR 9514), on February 24, 2006, soliciting comments on the possible development of United States Standards for Grades of Peppers (Other Than Sweet Peppers). In response to the request for comments, AMS received two comments, one comment was from an industry group, and one from a pepper shipper. Both comments were in support of developing the standards. The comments are available by accessing AMS, Fresh Products Branch Web site: https://www.ams.usda.gov/ fvfpbdocketlist.htm. Based on the comments received and information gathered, AMS has developed proposed grade standards for peppers other than sweet peppers. This proposal would establish the following grades, as well as a tolerance for each grade: U.S. Fancy, U.S. No. 1 and U.S. No. 2. In addition, there are proposed ‘‘Tolerances,’’ ‘‘Application of Tolerances,’’ and ‘‘Size’’ sections. AMS is proposing to define ‘‘Injury,’’ ‘‘Damage,’’ and ‘‘Serious Damage,’’ with specific basic requirements and definitions for defects, along with definitions for color, diameter, and length. AMS is soliciting comments on the proposed voluntary United States Standards for Grades of Peppers (Other Than Sweet Peppers). The adoption of these proposed standards would provide industry with U.S. grade standards similar to those extensively in use by the fresh produce industry to assist in orderly marketing of other commodities. The official grade of a lot or shipment of fresh vegetables covered by U.S. standards is 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 for a 60-day comment period for interested parties to comment on the proposed United States PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Standards for Grades of Peppers (Other Than Sweet Peppers). Authority: 7 U.S.C. 1621–1627. Dated: July 18, 2006. Lloyd C. Day, Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. E6–11740 Filed 7–21–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Foreign Agricultural Service WTO Agricultural Safeguard Trigger Levels Foreign Agricultural Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice of product coverage and trigger levels for safeguard measures provided for in the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Agriculture. AGENCY: SUMMARY: This notice lists updated quantity trigger levels for products, which may be subject to additional import duties under the safeguard provisions of the WTO Agreement on Agriculture. This notice also includes the relevant period applicable for the trigger levels on each of the listed products. Efffective Date: July 24, 2006. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Charles R. Bertsch, Multilateral Trade Negotiations Division, Foreign Agricultural Service, Room 5524— South Building, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC 20250 –1022, telephone at (202) 720–6278, or e-mail charles.bertsch@usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Article 5 of the WTO Agreement on Agriculture provides that additional import duties may be imposed on imports of products subject to tariffication as a result of the Uruguay Round if certain conditions are met. The agreement permits additional duties to be charged if the price of an individual shipment of imported products falls below the average price for similar goods imported during the years 1986–88 by a specified percentage. It also permits additional duties to be imposed if the volume of imports of an article exceeds the average of the most recent 3 years for which data are available by 5, 10, or 25 percent, depending on the article. These additional duties may not be imposed on quantities for which minimum or current access commitments were made during the Uruguay Round negotiations, and only one type of safeguard, price or DATES: E:\FR\FM\24JYN1.SGM 24JYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 141 (Monday, July 24, 2006)]
[Notices]
[Pages 41755-41756]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E6-11740]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Agricultural Marketing Service

[Docket Number FV-06-306]


United States Standards for Grades of Peppers (Other Than Sweet 
Peppers)

AGENCY: Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice.

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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 Peppers (Other Than Sweet 
Peppers). This action is being taken at the request of the Fruit and 
Vegetable Industry

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Advisory Committee, which asked AMS to identify commodities that needed 
grade standards developed to facilitate commerce. The proposed 
standards would provide industry with a common language and uniform 
basis for trading, thus promoting the orderly and efficient marketing 
of peppers that are not sweet peppers.

DATES: Comments must be received by September 22, 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 and on the Internet.
    The draft of the proposed United States Standards for Grades of 
Peppers (Other Than Sweet Peppers) is available either from the above 
address or by accessing AMS, Fresh Products Branch website at: https://
www.ams.usda.gov/fv/fpbdocketlist.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 and makes copies of official standards 
available upon request. The United States Standards for Grades of 
Fruits and Vegetables that are not requirements of 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 proposing to establish voluntary United States Standards for 
Grades of Peppers (Other Than Sweet Peppers) using the procedures that 
appear in Part 36, Title 7 of the Code of Federal Regulations (7 CFR 
part 36).

Background

    At a meeting of the Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory 
Committee, AMS was asked to identify fresh fruit and vegetables that 
may be better served if grade standards are developed. As a result, AMS 
identified peppers that were not sweet peppers as possibly in need of 
official grade standards. Such standards are used by the fresh produce 
industry to describe the product they are trading, thus facilitating 
the marketing of the product.
    Prior to undertaking research and other work associated to develop 
the standards, AMS published a notice in the Federal Register (71 FR 
9514), on February 24, 2006, soliciting comments on the possible 
development of United States Standards for Grades of Peppers (Other 
Than Sweet Peppers). In response to the request for comments, AMS 
received two comments, one comment was from an industry group, and one 
from a pepper shipper. Both comments were in support of developing the 
standards. The comments are available by accessing AMS, Fresh Products 
Branch Web site: https://www.ams.usda.gov/fvfpbdocketlist.htm.
    Based on the comments received and information gathered, AMS has 
developed proposed grade standards for peppers other than sweet 
peppers. This proposal would establish the following grades, as well as 
a tolerance for each grade: U.S. Fancy, U.S. No. 1 and U.S. No. 2. In 
addition, there are proposed ``Tolerances,'' ``Application of 
Tolerances,'' and ``Size'' sections. AMS is proposing to define 
``Injury,'' ``Damage,'' and ``Serious Damage,'' with specific basic 
requirements and definitions for defects, along with definitions for 
color, diameter, and length. AMS is soliciting comments on the proposed 
voluntary United States Standards for Grades of Peppers (Other Than 
Sweet Peppers).
    The adoption of these proposed standards would provide industry 
with U.S. grade standards similar to those extensively in use by the 
fresh produce industry to assist in orderly marketing of other 
commodities.
    The official grade of a lot or shipment of fresh vegetables covered 
by U.S. standards is 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 for a 60-day comment period for interested 
parties to comment on the proposed United States Standards for Grades 
of Peppers (Other Than Sweet Peppers).

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

     Dated: July 18, 2006.
 Lloyd C. Day,
 Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service.
 [FR Doc. E6-11740 Filed 7-21-06; 8:45 am]
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