United States Standards for Grades of Peppers (Other Than Sweet Peppers), 5261 [E7-1762]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 23 / Monday, February 5, 2007 / Notices Dated: January 30, 2007. Lloyd C. Day, Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. E7–1759 Filed 2–2–07; 8:45 am] 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 establishing 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). BILLING CODE 3410–02–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Marketing Service [Docket # AMS–FV–2006–0203; 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 establishing voluntary United States Standards for Grades of Peppers (Other Than Sweet Peppers). The standards will 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. EFFECTIVE DATE: March 7, 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 Peppers (Other Than Sweet Peppers) are available either from the above address or by accessing the AMS, Fresh Products Branch Web site at: https://www.ams.usda.gov/standards/ stanfrfv.htm. 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 mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:07 Feb 02, 2007 Jkt 211001 5261 after publication in the Federal Register. Background 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 the other from a shipper. Both comments were in support of developing the standards. The comments are available by accessing AMS, Fresh Products Branch Web site at: https://www.ams.usda.gov/fv/ fpbdocketlist.htm. On July 24, 2006, AMS published a second notice in the Federal Register (71 FR 41755–41756), soliciting comments on the proposed voluntary United States Standards for Grades of Peppers (Other Than Sweet Peppers). The proposed standards contained U.S. Fancy, U.S. No. 1, and U.S. No. 2 grades and tolerances for each grade. In addition, there were ‘‘Application of Tolerances’’ and ‘‘Size’’ sections. AMS also defined ‘‘Injury,’’ ‘‘Damage,’’ and ‘‘Serious Damage,’’ along with specific basic requirements and definitions for defects, definitions for color, diameter, and length. Comments were not received in connection with the second notice. The adoption of the U.S. grade standards will provide the pepper (other than sweet peppers) 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. Accordingly, AMS is adopting the United States Standards for Grades of Peppers (Other Than Sweet Peppers) as proposed in the July 24, 2006, Federal Register notice. The official grades 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 (7 CFR 51.1 to 51.61). The United States Standards for Grades of Peppers (Other Than Sweet Peppers) will become effective 30 days DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Authority: 7 U.S.C. 1621–1627. Dated: January 30, 2007. Lloyd C. Day, Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. E7–1762 Filed 2–2–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service [Docket No. APHIS–2006–0195] Monsanto Company; Availability of Petition and Environmental Assessment for Determination of Nonregulated Status for Soybean Genetically Engineered for Glyphosate Herbicide Tolerance Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: We are advising the public that the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has received a petition from Monsanto Company seeking a determination of nonregulated status for soybean designated as MON 89788, which has been genetically engineered for tolerance to the herbicide glyphosate. The petition has been submitted in accordance with our regulations concerning the introduction of certain genetically engineered organisms and products. In accordance with those regulations, we are soliciting comments on whether this soybean presents a plant pest risk. We are also making available for public comment an environmental assessment for the proposed determination of nonregulated status. DATES: We will consider all comments we receive on or before April 6, 2007. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to https://www.regulations.gov, select ‘‘Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’’ from the agency drop-down menu, then click ‘‘Submit.’’ In the Docket ID column, select APHIS–2006– 0195 to submit or view public comments and to view supporting and related materials available electronically. 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[Federal Register Volume 72, Number 23 (Monday, February 5, 2007)]
[Notices]
[Page 5261]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E7-1762]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Agricultural Marketing Service

[Docket  AMS-FV-2006-0203; 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 establishing voluntary United States Standards 
for Grades of Peppers (Other Than Sweet Peppers). The standards will 
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.

EFFECTIVE DATE: March 7, 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 Peppers (Other Than Sweet 
Peppers) are available either from the above address or by accessing 
the AMS, Fresh Products Branch Web site at: https://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 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 establishing 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

    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 the other from a 
shipper. Both comments were in support of developing the standards. The 
comments are available by accessing AMS, Fresh Products Branch Web site 
at: https://www.ams.usda.gov/fv/fpbdocketlist.htm.
    On July 24, 2006, AMS published a second notice in the Federal 
Register (71 FR 41755-41756), soliciting comments on the proposed 
voluntary United States Standards for Grades of Peppers (Other Than 
Sweet Peppers). The proposed standards contained U.S. Fancy, U.S. No. 
1, and U.S. No. 2 grades and tolerances for each grade. In addition, 
there were ``Application of Tolerances'' and ``Size'' sections. AMS 
also defined ``Injury,'' ``Damage,'' and ``Serious Damage,'' along with 
specific basic requirements and definitions for defects, definitions 
for color, diameter, and length. Comments were not received in 
connection with the second notice.
    The adoption of the U.S. grade standards will provide the pepper 
(other than sweet peppers) 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. Accordingly, AMS is adopting 
the United States Standards for Grades of Peppers (Other Than Sweet 
Peppers) as proposed in the July 24, 2006, Federal Register notice.
    The official grades 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 (7 CFR 51.1 to 51.61).
    The United States Standards for Grades of Peppers (Other Than Sweet 
Peppers) will become effective 30 days after publication in the Federal 
Register.

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

    Dated: January 30, 2007.
Lloyd C. Day,
Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service.
[FR Doc. E7-1762 Filed 2-2-07; 8:45 am]
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