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Emery, 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, (202) 720–2185, fax (202) 720–8871, or e-mail Cheri.Emery@usda.gov. The United States Standards for Grades of Pea Pods are available either from the above address or by accessing the AMS, Fresh Products Branch Web site at: http://www.ams.usda.gov/ standards/stanfrfv.htm. 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 provides copies of official standards upon request. The United States E:\FR\FM\21DEN1.SGM 21DEN1 76632 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 245 / Thursday, December 21, 2006 / Notices sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES 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 established the voluntary United States Standards for Grades of Pea Pods using the procedures that appear in part 36, title 7 of the Code of Federal Regulations (7 CFR part 36). Background AMS developed a proposed U.S. Standards for Grades of Pea Pods. The proposal would establish U.S. Fancy and U.S. No. 1 ‘‘Grades,’’ ‘‘Tolerances,’’ and ‘‘Application of Tolerances’’ sections. Additionally, this proposal defines: ‘‘Injury,’’ ‘‘Damage,’’ ‘‘Serious Damage,’’ and basic requirements. On January 24, 2006, a notice was published in the Federal Register (71 FR 3817), requesting comments on proposed voluntary United States Standards for Grades of Pea Pods, with the comment period ending on March 27, 2006. A request was received from a packer/ shipper of pea pods, expressing the need for additional time to review the proposed U.S. Standards. The packer/ shipper requested an extension to the comment period to allow them the opportunity to submit comments. After reviewing the request, AMS reopened and extended the comment period by publishing a notice in the Federal Register, May 22, 2006 (71 FR 29606), extending the period for comment to June 22, 2006. AMS received one other response to the proposed standards. The comment was from an industry group representing about 90 percent of the fresh vegetables produced in California and Arizona. The association expressed support for the development of the standards for pea pods. The comments are available by accessing the AMS, Fresh Products Branch Web site at: http:// www.ams.usda.gov/fv/ fpbdocketlist.htm. Based on the comment received, specifically concerning the development of the standards and information gathered, AMS believes the standards will provide a common language for trading and promote the orderly and efficient marketing of pea pods. The official grades of pea pod lots 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). VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:01 Dec 20, 2006 Jkt 211001 The United States Standards for Grades of Pea Pods will be effective 30 days after publication of this notice in the Federal Register. Authority: 7 U.S.C. 1621–1627. Dated: December 15, 2006. Lloyd C. Day, Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. E6–21840 Filed 12–20–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Marketing Service [Docket No. TM–07–04] Notice of Release of National Organic Program Noncompliance and Adverse Action Records AGENCY: Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice. SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is publishing this notice to inform accredited certifying agents and producers and handlers certified to the National Organic Program (NOP) of AMS’ intention to release notices of noncompliance, and the identity of each entity which has been suspended or revoked, as well as the reasons for these actions. The release of these materials complies with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) in which any information that is not protected from disclosure by a FOIA exemption must be provided to the public. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mark Bradley, Associate Deputy Administrator, National Organic Program, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Room 4008–S, Ag Stop 0268, Washington, DC, 20250–0268; Telephone: (202) 720–3252; Fax: (202) 205–7808; e-mail: mark.bradley@usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Statutory Authority This notice is issued under the FOIA as amended, 5 U.S.C. 552, and the Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA) of 1990, as amended, 7 U.S.C. 6501 et seq. II. Background On April 12, 2006, AMS received a FOIA request for notices of noncompliance and records of suspension and revocation of certification and accreditation issued pursuant to the NOP. The Agency PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 maintains the records sought by the FOIA requester pursuant to its administration of the OFPA. The FOIA provides for any person to request and access federal agency records except for those records, or portions of records, which are protected by one of the nine exemptions under the FOIA. 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Therefore, the agency will conduct a thorough review of those notification documents issued since implementation of the NOP on October 21, 2002, pursuant to 7 CFR 205.662 and 205.665, and in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 552(b)(4), withhold confidential commercial or financial information. Examples of the information which may appear in responsive records and that is subject to withholding include: Product formulations; supply sources; amount paid or owed in certification fees; sales volumes; yield quantities; amount of acreage planted to a specific crop or designated as pasture; the number of livestock units; the identity of an entity for which a private label is produced. Dated: December 15, 2006. Lloyd C. Day, Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. E6–21838 Filed 12–20–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P E:\FR\FM\21DEN1.SGM 21DEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Agricultural Marketing Service

[Docket No. FV-05-308]


United States Standards for Grades of Pea Pods

AGENCY: Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) of the Department of 
Agriculture (USDA) is establishing voluntary United States Standards 
for Grades of Pea Pods. The standards will provide industry with a 
common language and uniform basis for trading, thus promoting the 
orderly and efficient marketing of pea pods.

DATES: Effective Date: January 22, 2007.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cheri L. Emery, 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, (202) 720-2185, fax (202) 720-8871, or e-
mail Cheri.Emery@usda.gov.
    The United States Standards for Grades of Pea Pods are available 
either from the above address or by accessing the AMS, Fresh Products 
Branch Web site at: http://www.ams.usda.gov/standards/stanfrfv.htm.

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 provides copies of official standards upon 
request. The United States

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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 established the voluntary United States Standards for Grades of 
Pea Pods using the procedures that appear in part 36, title 7 of the 
Code of Federal Regulations (7 CFR part 36).

Background

    AMS developed a proposed U.S. Standards for Grades of Pea Pods. The 
proposal would establish U.S. Fancy and U.S. No. 1 ``Grades,'' 
``Tolerances,'' and ``Application of Tolerances'' sections. 
Additionally, this proposal defines: ``Injury,'' ``Damage,'' ``Serious 
Damage,'' and basic requirements.
    On January 24, 2006, a notice was published in the Federal Register 
(71 FR 3817), requesting comments on proposed voluntary United States 
Standards for Grades of Pea Pods, with the comment period ending on 
March 27, 2006.
    A request was received from a packer/shipper of pea pods, 
expressing the need for additional time to review the proposed U.S. 
Standards. The packer/shipper requested an extension to the comment 
period to allow them the opportunity to submit comments. After 
reviewing the request, AMS reopened and extended the comment period by 
publishing a notice in the Federal Register, May 22, 2006 (71 FR 
29606), extending the period for comment to June 22, 2006.
    AMS received one other response to the proposed standards. The 
comment was from an industry group representing about 90 percent of the 
fresh vegetables produced in California and Arizona. The association 
expressed support for the development of the standards for pea pods.
    The comments are available by accessing the AMS, Fresh Products 
Branch Web site at: http://www.ams.usda.gov/fv/fpbdocketlist.htm.
    Based on the comment received, specifically concerning the 
development of the standards and information gathered, AMS believes the 
standards will provide a common language for trading and promote the 
orderly and efficient marketing of pea pods. The official grades of pea 
pod lots 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).
    The United States Standards for Grades of Pea Pods will be 
effective 30 days after publication of this notice in the Federal 
Register.

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

    Dated: December 15, 2006.
Lloyd C. Day,
Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service.
[FR Doc. E6-21840 Filed 12-20-06; 8:45 am]
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