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E8–2195 Filed 2–6–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Marketing Service [Docket # AMS–FV–2006–0205; FV–06–317] United States Standards for Grades of Cantaloups Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice. jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is revising the voluntary United States Standards for Grades of Cantaloups. Specifically, AMS is revising the ‘‘Application of Tolerances’’ section in the cantaloup standards. Additionally, AMS is removing the ‘‘Unclassified’’ category from the standards. These changes will bring the standards for cantaloups in line with current marketing practices, thereby improving the usefulness of the standards in serving the industry. EFFECTIVE DATE: March 10, 2008. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Vincent J. Fusaro, Standardization Section, Fresh Products Branch, (202) 720–2185. The revised United States Standards for Grades of Cantaloups are available by accessing the 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 VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:02 Feb 06, 2008 Jkt 214001 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 revising the United States Standards for Grades of Cantaloups using the procedures that appear in Part 36, Title 7 of the Code of Federal Regulations (7 CFR part 36). These standards were last revised June 30, 1968. Background Prior to undertaking detailed work to develop a proposed revision to the standards, AMS published a notice on December 28, 2006, in the Federal Register (71 FR 78128) soliciting comments on possible revisions of the United States Standards for Grades of Cantaloups. One supporting comment was received from a national trade association representing independent wholesale receivers. The commenter stated their members were in favor of the proposed revisions to the ‘‘Application of Tolerances’’ section. Based on this supportive comment, a second notice was published on July 25, 2007, in the Federal Register (72 FR 40825) proposing to revise the standards to allow changes to section 51.480, which permitted applying tolerances to: either samples of the entire contents of melons in cartons or to samples consisting of at least twenty five melons for cantaloups packed in bulk bins or other packaging. Specifically within the section, ‘‘The contents of individual packages * * *’’ will be modified to ‘‘Samples * * *’’ and ‘‘(a) A package may contain * * *’’ will be modified to ‘‘(a) Samples may contain * * *’’. The notice also proposed eliminating the ‘‘Unclassified’’ category. No additional comments were received. Based on the one initial comment received and information gathered, AMS is revising the grade standards for cantaloups to include these revisions. The official grades of cantaloups covered by these standards are determined by the procedures set forth PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 7245 in the Regulations Governing Inspection, Certification, and Standards of Fresh Fruits, Vegetables and Other Products (7 CFR 51.1 to 51.62). The revised United States Standards for Grades of Cantaloups will become effective 30 days after publication in the Federal Register. Authority: 7 U.S.C. 1621–1627. Dated: February 1, 2008. Lloyd C. Day, Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. E8–2197 Filed 2–6–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Marketing Service [Docket # AMS–FV–2007–0036; FV–06–318] United States Standards for Grades of Pineapples Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. ACTION: Final notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) of the Department of Agriculture (USDA) is revising the voluntary United States Standards for Grades of Pineapples. Specifically, AMS is replacing Tables I and II in the tolerances section with numerical tolerances and numerical application of tolerances. Decay tolerances will also be revised. This change will bring the standards for pineapples in line with current marketing practices, thereby, improving the usefulness of the standards in serving the industry. EFFECTIVE DATE: March 10, 2008. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Vincent J. Fusaro, Standardization Section, Fresh Products Branch; (202) 720–2185. The revised United States Standards for Grades of Pineapples is available by accessing the AMS, Fresh Products Branch Web site at: http:// 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 SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\07FEN1.SGM 07FEN1 7246 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 26 / Thursday, February 7, 2008 / Notices 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 Programs. AMS is revising the voluntary United States Standards for Grades of Pineapples using the procedures that appear in Part 36, Title 7 of the Code of Federal Regulations (7 CFR part 36). jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES Background Prior to undertaking detailed work to develop a proposed revision to the standards, AMS published a notice on September 21, 2006, in the Federal Register (71 FR 55160), soliciting comments on a possible revision of the United States Standards for Grades of Pineapples. Based on comments received and information gathered, a second notice was published on August 15, 2007, in the Federal Register (72 FR 45724), proposing to revise the standards by replacing Tables I and II in the tolerances section with numerical tolerances and numerical application of tolerances. Decay tolerances were also proposed for revision. In response to this notice AMS received two supporting comments and one opposing comment. The comments are available by accessing the http:// www.regulations.gov Web site. The two supporting comments stated that the revision would facilitate the marketing of pineapples and make the standards for pineapples more uniform. The opposing commentor did not feel the revision was necessary at this time due to more pressing issues, which were not elaborated on by the commentor. Based on comments received and information gathered, AMS is revising the pineapple standards by replacing Tables I and II in the tolerances section with numerical tolerances and numerical application of tolerances, as well as revising the decay tolerances. The official grade of a lot of pineapples 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 Pineapples will be effective 30 days after publication of this notice in the Federal Register. Authority: 7 U.S.C. 1621–1627. VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:02 Feb 06, 2008 Jkt 214001 Dated: February 1, 2008. Lloyd C. Day, Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. E8–2196 Filed 2–6–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service [Docket No. APHIS–2007–0132] Notice of Request for Revision and Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Domestic Quarantine Regulations Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA. ACTION: Revision and extension of approval of an information collection; comment request. 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[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 26 (Thursday, February 7, 2008)]
[Notices]
[Pages 7245-7246]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E8-2196]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Agricultural Marketing Service

[Docket  AMS-FV-2007-0036; FV-06-318]


United States Standards for Grades of Pineapples

AGENCY: Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA.

ACTION: Final notice.

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SUMMARY: The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) of the Department of 
Agriculture (USDA) is revising the voluntary United States Standards 
for Grades of Pineapples. Specifically, AMS is replacing Tables I and 
II in the tolerances section with numerical tolerances and numerical 
application of tolerances. Decay tolerances will also be revised. This 
change will bring the standards for pineapples in line with current 
marketing practices, thereby, improving the usefulness of the standards 
in serving the industry.

EFFECTIVE DATE: March 10, 2008.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Vincent J. Fusaro, Standardization 
Section, Fresh Products Branch; (202) 720-2185. The revised United 
States Standards for Grades of Pineapples is available 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

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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 Programs.
    AMS is revising the voluntary United States Standards for Grades of 
Pineapples using the procedures that appear in Part 36, Title 7 of the 
Code of Federal Regulations (7 CFR part 36).

Background

    Prior to undertaking detailed work to develop a proposed revision 
to the standards, AMS published a notice on September 21, 2006, in the 
Federal Register (71 FR 55160), soliciting comments on a possible 
revision of the United States Standards for Grades of Pineapples. Based 
on comments received and information gathered, a second notice was 
published on August 15, 2007, in the Federal Register (72 FR 45724), 
proposing to revise the standards by replacing Tables I and II in the 
tolerances section with numerical tolerances and numerical application 
of tolerances. Decay tolerances were also proposed for revision. In 
response to this notice AMS received two supporting comments and one 
opposing comment. The comments are available by accessing the http://
www.regulations.gov Web site.
    The two supporting comments stated that the revision would 
facilitate the marketing of pineapples and make the standards for 
pineapples more uniform. The opposing commentor did not feel the 
revision was necessary at this time due to more pressing issues, which 
were not elaborated on by the commentor.
    Based on comments received and information gathered, AMS is 
revising the pineapple standards by replacing Tables I and II in the 
tolerances section with numerical tolerances and numerical application 
of tolerances, as well as revising the decay tolerances.
    The official grade of a lot of pineapples 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 Pineapples will be 
effective 30 days after publication of this notice in the Federal 
Register.

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

    Dated: February 1, 2008.
Lloyd C. Day,
Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service.
 [FR Doc. E8-2196 Filed 2-6-08; 8:45 am]
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