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Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 85 / Thursday, May 1, 2008 / Notices Guatemala and suggested that APHIS allow its use as an alternative to the cold treatment. The risk management document that we made available with our February 2008 notice only considered the use of cold treatment as a mitigation measure. We will, however, examine the evidence for the effectiveness of fumigation with methyl bromide as a means of removing the pests of concern from the pathway and would authorize its use for the treatment of blueberries from Guatemala if the evidence supports that action. After considering the comments discussed above, we have determined that no changes to the pest risk analysis are necessary. Therefore, in accordance with the regulations in § 319.56– 4(c)(2)(ii), we are announcing our decision to begin issuing permits for the importation into the continental United States of blueberries from Guatemala subject to the following conditions: • The fruit must be cold treated for Mediterranean fruit fly and South American fruit fly using treatment schedule T107–a–1 in accordance with 7 CFR part 305. • Each shipment of fruit must be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate issued by the national plant protection organization of Guatemala. • Each shipment is subject to inspection upon arrival in the United States. • The fruit must be a commercial consignment as defined in 7 CFR 319.56–2. These conditions will be listed in the fruits and vegetables manual (available at http://www.aphis.usda.gov/import_ export/plants/manuals/ports/ downloads/fv.pdf). In addition to these specific measures, the blueberries will be subject to the general requirements listed in § 319.56–3 that are applicable to the importation of all fruits and vegetables. pwalker on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES Authority: 7 U.S.C. 450, 7701–7772, and 7781–7786; 21 U.S.C. 136 and 136a; 7 CFR 2.22, 2.80, and 371.3. Done in Washington, DC, this 28th day of April 2008. Kevin Shea, Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. [FR Doc. E8–9579 Filed 4–30–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–34–P VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:13 Apr 30, 2008 Jkt 214001 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Food Safety and Inspection Service [Docket No. 2008–0010] Exemption for Retail Store Operations Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice of Adjusted Dollar Limitations. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is announcing new dollar limitations on the amount of meat, meat food products, poultry, and poultry products that a retail store can sell to hotels, restaurants, and similar institutions without disqualifying itself for exemption from Federal inspection requirements. By reason of FSIS’ regulations, for calendar year 2008 the dollar limitation is increased for meat and meat food products from $55,100 to $56,900 and for poultry products from $44,400 to $46,700. FSIS is changing the dollar limitations from calendar year 2007 based on price changes for these products evidenced by the Consumer Price Index. DATES: Effective Date: This notice is effective May 1, 2008. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Contact John O’Connell, Policy Issuances Division, Office of Policy and Program Development, FSIS, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Room 3532 South Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250–3700; telephone (202) 720–0345, fax (202) 690–0486. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background The Federal Meat Inspection Act (21 U.S.C. 601 et seq.) and the Poultry Products Inspection Act (21 U.S.C. 451 et seq.) provide a comprehensive statutory framework to ensure that meat, meat food products, poultry, and poultry products prepared for commerce are wholesome, not adulterated, and are properly labeled and packaged. 21 U.S.C. 661(c)(2) and 454(c)(2) also provide that the statutory provisions requiring inspection of the preparation or processing of meat, meat food, poultry, and poultry products do not apply to the types of operations traditionally and usually conducted at retail stores and restaurants when those operations are conducted at any retail store or restaurant or similar retail-type establishment for sale in normal retail quantities. FSIS’ regulations §§ 303.1(d) and 381.10(d) further address the conditions under which requirements for inspection do not apply to retail operations involving the preparation or PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 24039 processing of meat, meat food, poultry, and poultry products. Sales to Hotels, Restaurants, and Similar Institutions Under these regulations, sales to hotels, restaurants, and similar institutions (other than household consumers) disqualify a store for exemption if the product sales exceed either of two maximum limits: 25 percent of the dollar value of total product sales or the calendar year dollar limitation set by the Administrator. The dollar limitation is adjusted automatically during the first quarter of the year if the Consumer Price Index (CPI), published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, indicates an increase or decrease of more than $500 in the price of the same volume of product for the previous year. FSIS publishes a notice of the adjusted dollar limitations in the Federal Register. (See 9 CFR 303.1(d)(2)(iii)(b) and 381.10(d)(2)(iii)(b).) The CPI for 2007 revealed an average annual price increase for meat and meat food products of 3.3 percent and for poultry products of 5.1 percent. When rounded off to the nearest $100, the price increase for meat and meat food products is $1,800, and the price increase for poultry products is $2,300. Because the price of meat and meat food products has increased by more than $500, and because the price of poultry products has increased by more than $500, FSIS is increasing the dollar limitation on sales to hotels, restaurants, and similar institutions from $55,100 to $56,900 for meat and meat food products and from $44,400 to $46,700 for poultry products for calendar year 2008, in accordance with §§ 303.1(d)(2)(iii)(b) and 381.10 (d)(2)(iii)(b) of the regulations. Additional Public Notification Public awareness of all segments of rulemaking and policy development is important. Consequently, in an effort to ensure that the public and in particular minorities, women, and persons with disabilities, are aware of this notice, FSIS will announce it on-line through the FSIS Web page located at http:// www.fsis.usda.gov/regulations/ 2008_Notices_Index/index.asp. FSIS also will make copies of this Federal Register publication available through the FSIS Constituent Update, which is used to provide information regarding FSIS policies, procedures, regulations, Federal Register notices, FSIS public meetings, and other types of information that could affect or would be of interest to our constituents and stakeholders. The Update is E:\FR\FM\01MYN1.SGM 01MYN1 24040 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 85 / Thursday, May 1, 2008 / Notices communicated via Listserv, a free e-mail subscription service consisting of industry, trade, and farm groups, consumer interest groups, allied health professionals, scientific professionals, and other individuals who have requested to be included. The Update also is available on the FSIS Web page. Through Listserv and the Web page, FSIS is able to provide information to a much broader, more diverse audience. In addition, FSIS offers an e-mail subscription service which provides automatic and customized access to selected food safety news and information. This service is available at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/ news_and_events/email_subscription./ Options range from recalls to export information to regulations, directives and notices. Customers can add or delete subscriptions themselves, and have the option to password protect their accounts. Done at Washington, DC, on: April 28, 2008. Alfred V. Almanza, Administrator. [FR Doc. E8–9585 Filed 4–30–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–DM–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Rural Utilities Service Georgia Transmission Corporation: Notice of Availability of an Environmental Assessment AGENCY: Rural Utilities Service, USDA. Notice of Availability of an Environmental Assessment (EA) for Public Review. ACTION: The Rural Utilities Service (RUS), an Agency delivering the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Utilities Programs, hereinafter referred to as Rural Development and/or the Agency, has prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) related to possible financial assistance to Georgia Transmission Corporation (GTC) for the construction of approximately 38.7miles of 500 kilovolt (kV) transmission line that would connect Georgia Power Company’s existing Thomson Primary 500/230/115/46 kV Substation to Georgia Power Company’s existing Warthen 500 kV Switching Station. GTC is requesting Rural Development provide financial assistance for the proposed project located in McDuffie, Warthen, Glascock and Washington Counties, Georgia. pwalker on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:13 Apr 30, 2008 Jkt 214001 Written comments on this notice must be received on or before June 2, 2008. ADDRESSES: To obtain copies of the EA, or for further information, contact: Stephanie Strength, Environmental Protection Specialist, USDA, Rural Development Utilities Programs, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Stop 1571, Washington, DC 20250–1571, phone (202) 720–0468, e-mail stephanie.strength@wdc.usda.gov or Gayle Houston, Environmental and Regulatory Coordinator, GTC, 2100 East Exchange Place, Tucker, Georgia 30084– 5336, phone (770) 270–7748, e-mail gayle.houston@gatrans.com. A copy of the EA may be viewed online at the Agency’s Web site: http:// www.usda.gov/rus/water/ees/ea.htm and at the following locations: Jefferson Electric Membership Cooperative, Highway 17 North, Wrens, GA 30833, (706) 547–2167. Washington Electric Membership Corporation, 238 Harris Street, Sandersville, GA 31082, (478) 552– 5552. Glascock County Public Library, 738 Railroad Avenue, Gibson, GA 30810, Phone: 706–598–9837. Harlem Library, 375 North Louisville Street, Harlem, GA 30814, Phone: 706–556–9795. Hancock County Library, 403 East Broad Street, Sparta, GA 31087, Phone: 706– 444–5389. Rosa M. Tarbutton Memorial Library, 314 South Harris Street, Sandersville, GA 31082, Phone: 478–552–6324. Thomson McDuffie County Library, 338 Main Street, Thomson, GA 30824, Phone: 706–595–1341. Warren County Library, 101 Warren Street, Warrenton, GA 30828, Phone: 706–465–2656. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: GTC proposes to construct a 38.7-mile, 500 kV Transmission Line on a 150-foot right-of-way with structures 80 to 150feet out-of-ground to distribute power to the Augusta, Georgia area. The preferred route is the alternative with the least impact to the environment and communities in the area. The preferred route begins at the existing Thomson 500/230/115/46 kV Substation located at the intersection of Randall-Davis Road and Davis Road in Thomson, GA and follows an existing 46 kV Transmission Line southwest for approximately one mile. The route then turns in a westerly direction for 36 miles, crossing the Little Ogeechee River. The route turns northwest and terminates at the existing Warthen Switching Station located at 1600 Mills Lindsay School Road, Warthen, Georgia. DATES: PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 The EA concludes that the proposed Thomson-Warthen 500 kV Transmission Line would not have a significant impact on the human, cultural or natural environment. Rural Development has reviewed and accepted the document as its EA of the proposed project. The EA is available for public review at addresses provided above in this Notice. Written questions and comments should be sent to USDA Rural Development at the mailing or email addresses provided above in this Notice. Rural Development should receive comments on the EA in writing by June 2, 2008 to ensure that they are considered in its environmental impact determination. Should USDA Rural Development determine, based on the EA of the proposed project, that the impacts of the construction and operation of the project would not have a significant environmental impact, it will prepare a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI). Public notification of a FONSI would be published in the Federal Register and in newspapers with circulation in the project area. Any final action by Rural Development related to the proposed project will be subject to, and contingent upon, compliance with all relevant Federal, state and local environmental laws and regulations, and completion of the environmental review requirements in Rural Development’s Environmental Policies and Procedures (7 CFR Part 1794). Dated: April 22, 2008. Mark S. Plank, Director, Engineering and Environmental Staff, USDA/Rural Development/Utilities Programs. [FR Doc. E8–9580 Filed 4–30–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–15–P COMMISSION ON CIVIL RIGHTS Sunshine Act Notice United States Commission on Civil Rights. ACTION: Notice of meeting. DATE AND TIME: Friday, May 9, 9:30 a.m. PLACE: U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, 624 Ninth Street, NW., Rm. 540, Washington, DC 20425. AGENCY: Meeting Agenda I. Approval of Agenda II. Approval of Minutes • March 7, 2008 Meeting III. Announcements IV. Staff Director’s Report V. Management and Operations • Status of FY 2009 Budget E:\FR\FM\01MYN1.SGM 01MYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 85 (Thursday, May 1, 2008)]
[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Food Safety and Inspection Service

[Docket No. 2008-0010]


Exemption for Retail Store Operations

AGENCY: Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of Adjusted Dollar Limitations.

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SUMMARY: The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is announcing 
new dollar limitations on the amount of meat, meat food products, 
poultry, and poultry products that a retail store can sell to hotels, 
restaurants, and similar institutions without disqualifying itself for 
exemption from Federal inspection requirements. By reason of FSIS' 
regulations, for calendar year 2008 the dollar limitation is increased 
for meat and meat food products from $55,100 to $56,900 and for poultry 
products from $44,400 to $46,700. FSIS is changing the dollar 
limitations from calendar year 2007 based on price changes for these 
products evidenced by the Consumer Price Index.

DATES: Effective Date: This notice is effective May 1, 2008.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Contact John O'Connell, Policy Issuances 
Division, Office of Policy and Program Development, FSIS, U.S. 
Department of Agriculture, Room 3532 South Building, 1400 Independence 
Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250-3700; telephone (202) 720-0345, fax 
(202) 690-0486.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    The Federal Meat Inspection Act (21 U.S.C. 601 et seq.) and the 
Poultry Products Inspection Act (21 U.S.C. 451 et seq.) provide a 
comprehensive statutory framework to ensure that meat, meat food 
products, poultry, and poultry products prepared for commerce are 
wholesome, not adulterated, and are properly labeled and packaged. 21 
U.S.C. 661(c)(2) and 454(c)(2) also provide that the statutory 
provisions requiring inspection of the preparation or processing of 
meat, meat food, poultry, and poultry products do not apply to the 
types of operations traditionally and usually conducted at retail 
stores and restaurants when those operations are conducted at any 
retail store or restaurant or similar retail-type establishment for 
sale in normal retail quantities. FSIS' regulations Sec. Sec.  303.1(d) 
and 381.10(d) further address the conditions under which requirements 
for inspection do not apply to retail operations involving the 
preparation or processing of meat, meat food, poultry, and poultry 
products.

Sales to Hotels, Restaurants, and Similar Institutions

    Under these regulations, sales to hotels, restaurants, and similar 
institutions (other than household consumers) disqualify a store for 
exemption if the product sales exceed either of two maximum limits: 25 
percent of the dollar value of total product sales or the calendar year 
dollar limitation set by the Administrator. The dollar limitation is 
adjusted automatically during the first quarter of the year if the 
Consumer Price Index (CPI), published by the Bureau of Labor 
Statistics, indicates an increase or decrease of more than $500 in the 
price of the same volume of product for the previous year. FSIS 
publishes a notice of the adjusted dollar limitations in the Federal 
Register. (See 9 CFR 303.1(d)(2)(iii)(b) and 381.10(d)(2)(iii)(b).)
    The CPI for 2007 revealed an average annual price increase for meat 
and meat food products of 3.3 percent and for poultry products of 5.1 
percent. When rounded off to the nearest $100, the price increase for 
meat and meat food products is $1,800, and the price increase for 
poultry products is $2,300. Because the price of meat and meat food 
products has increased by more than $500, and because the price of 
poultry products has increased by more than $500, FSIS is increasing 
the dollar limitation on sales to hotels, restaurants, and similar 
institutions from $55,100 to $56,900 for meat and meat food products 
and from $44,400 to $46,700 for poultry products for calendar year 
2008, in accordance with Sec. Sec.  303.1(d)(2)(iii)(b) and 381.10 
(d)(2)(iii)(b) of the regulations.

Additional Public Notification

    Public awareness of all segments of rulemaking and policy 
development is important. Consequently, in an effort to ensure that the 
public and in particular minorities, women, and persons with 
disabilities, are aware of this notice, FSIS will announce it on-line 
through the FSIS Web page located at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/
regulations/2008_Notices_Index/index.asp.
    FSIS also will make copies of this Federal Register publication 
available through the FSIS Constituent Update, which is used to provide 
information regarding FSIS policies, procedures, regulations, Federal 
Register notices, FSIS public meetings, and other types of information 
that could affect or would be of interest to our constituents and 
stakeholders. The Update is

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communicated via Listserv, a free e-mail subscription service 
consisting of industry, trade, and farm groups, consumer interest 
groups, allied health professionals, scientific professionals, and 
other individuals who have requested to be included. The Update also is 
available on the FSIS Web page. Through Listserv and the Web page, FSIS 
is able to provide information to a much broader, more diverse 
audience.
    In addition, FSIS offers an e-mail subscription service which 
provides automatic and customized access to selected food safety news 
and information. This service is available at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/
news_and_events/email_subscription./ Options range from recalls to 
export information to regulations, directives and notices. Customers 
can add or delete subscriptions themselves, and have the option to 
password protect their accounts.

    Done at Washington, DC, on: April 28, 2008.
Alfred V. Almanza,
Administrator.
[FR Doc. E8-9585 Filed 4-30-08; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 3410-DM-P