United States Standards for Grades of Bunched Carrots, 78284 [E8-30276]

Download as PDF 78284 Notices Federal Register Vol. 73, No. 246 Monday, December 22, 2008 This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains documents other than rules or proposed rules that are applicable to the public. Notices of hearings and investigations, committee meetings, agency decisions and rulings, delegations of authority, filing of petitions and applications and agency statements of organization and functions are examples of documents appearing in this section. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Marketing Service [Docket # AMS–FV–08–0079] United States Standards for Grades of Bunched Carrots mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES AGENCY: Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice; request for public comment. SUMMARY: 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 Bunched Carrots. AMS has been reviewing the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable grade standards for usefulness in fostering commerce. As a result, AMS has identified the United States Standards for Grades of Bunched Carrots for possible revisions. AMS is proposing to revise the color requirement to allow bunched carrots of any color characteristic of the variety to be graded using the standards. In addition, the similar varietal characteristic requirement would be amended to allow mixed colors and/or types of carrots when designated as a mixed or specialty pack. Also, AMS is considering removing the ‘‘Unclassified’’ category from the standards. AMS is seeking comments regarding this change as well as any other possible revisions that may be necessary to better serve the industry. DATES: Comments must be received by February 20, 2009. ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments on the Internet at: http:// www.regulations.gov or to the Standardization and Training Section, Fresh Products Branch, Fruit and Vegetable Programs, Agricultural Marketing Service, U.S. Department of VerDate Aug<31>2005 19:07 Dec 19, 2008 Jkt 217001 Agriculture, National Training and Development Center, Riverside Business Park, 100 Riverside Parkway, Suite 101, Fredericksburg, VA 22406; Fax (540) 361–1184. 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. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Carl Newell, Standardization and Training Section, Fresh Products Branch, (540) 361–1120. The United States Standards for Grades of Bunched Carrots are available by accessing the Fresh Products Branch Web site at: http://www.ams.usda.gov/ freshinspection. 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 Bunched Carrots 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 September 18, 1954. Background AMS has been reviewing the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable grade standards for usefulness in serving the industry. AMS has identified the United States Standards for Grades of Bunched Carrots for possible revision. Prior to undertaking detailed work developing the proposed revisions in the standards, AMS is soliciting comments on the proposed revision and any other comments regarding revisions to the PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 United States Standards for Grades of Bunched Carrots to better serve the industry. The current standard only applies to bunched carrots of orange, orange red or orange scarlet color. AMS would revise the color requirement to allow bunched carrots of any color characteristic of the variety to be graded using the standard. In addition, AMS would amend the similar varietal characteristic requirement to allow mixed colors and/ or types of carrots when designated as a mixed or specialty pack. AMS would also eliminate the ‘‘Unclassified’’ category. AMS is removing this section in all standards as 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 due to current marketing practices. This notice provides for a 60-day comment period for interested parties to comment on the revision to the United States Standards for Grades of Bunched Carrots. Should AMS proceed with the revisions, it will develop the proposed revised standards that will be published in the Federal Register with a request for comments in accordance with 7 CFR part 36. Dated: December 16, 2008. James E. Link, Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. E8–30276 Filed 12–19–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Marketing Service [Docket # AMS–FV–08–0080] United States Standards for Grades of Carrots With Short Trimmed Tops AGENCY: Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice; request for public comment. SUMMARY: 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 Carrots with Short Trimmed Tops. AMS has been reviewing the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable E:\FR\FM\22DEN1.SGM 22DEN1

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This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains documents other than rules 
or proposed rules that are applicable to the public. Notices of hearings 
and investigations, committee meetings, agency decisions and rulings, 
delegations of authority, filing of petitions and applications and agency 
statements of organization and functions are examples of documents 
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Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 246 / Monday, December 22, 2008 / 
Notices

[[Page 78284]]



DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Agricultural Marketing Service

[Docket  AMS-FV-08-0079]


United States Standards for Grades of Bunched Carrots

AGENCY: Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice; request for public comment.

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SUMMARY: 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 Bunched Carrots. AMS has been 
reviewing the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable grade standards for usefulness 
in fostering commerce. As a result, AMS has identified the United 
States Standards for Grades of Bunched Carrots for possible revisions. 
AMS is proposing to revise the color requirement to allow bunched 
carrots of any color characteristic of the variety to be graded using 
the standards. In addition, the similar varietal characteristic 
requirement would be amended to allow mixed colors and/or types of 
carrots when designated as a mixed or specialty pack. Also, AMS is 
considering removing the ``Unclassified'' category from the standards. 
AMS is seeking comments regarding this change as well as any other 
possible revisions that may be necessary to better serve the industry.

DATES: Comments must be received by February 20, 2009.

ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments on 
the Internet at: http://www.regulations.gov or to the Standardization 
and Training Section, Fresh Products Branch, Fruit and Vegetable 
Programs, Agricultural Marketing Service, U.S. Department of 
Agriculture, National Training and Development Center, Riverside 
Business Park, 100 Riverside Parkway, Suite 101, Fredericksburg, VA 
22406; Fax (540) 361-1184. 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.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Carl Newell, Standardization and 
Training Section, Fresh Products Branch, (540) 361-1120. The United 
States Standards for Grades of Bunched Carrots are available by 
accessing the Fresh Products Branch Web site at: http://
www.ams.usda.gov/freshinspection.

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 Bunched Carrots 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 September 18, 1954.

Background

    AMS has been reviewing the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable grade 
standards for usefulness in serving the industry. AMS has identified 
the United States Standards for Grades of Bunched Carrots for possible 
revision. Prior to undertaking detailed work developing the proposed 
revisions in the standards, AMS is soliciting comments on the proposed 
revision and any other comments regarding revisions to the United 
States Standards for Grades of Bunched Carrots to better serve the 
industry.
    The current standard only applies to bunched carrots of orange, 
orange red or orange scarlet color. AMS would revise the color 
requirement to allow bunched carrots of any color characteristic of the 
variety to be graded using the standard. In addition, AMS would amend 
the similar varietal characteristic requirement to allow mixed colors 
and/or types of carrots when designated as a mixed or specialty pack.
    AMS would also eliminate the ``Unclassified'' category. AMS is 
removing this section in all standards as 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 due to current 
marketing practices.
    This notice provides for a 60-day comment period for interested 
parties to comment on the revision to the United States Standards for 
Grades of Bunched Carrots. Should AMS proceed with the revisions, it 
will develop the proposed revised standards that will be published in 
the Federal Register with a request for comments in accordance with 7 
CFR part 36.

    Dated: December 16, 2008.
James E. Link,
Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service.
 [FR Doc. E8-30276 Filed 12-19-08; 8:45 am]
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