Milk in the Northeast and Other Marketing Areas; Order Amending the Orders, 51929-51931 [2010-20972]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 163 / Tuesday, August 24, 2010 / Rules and Regulations It is further found that good cause exists for not postponing the effective date of this rule until 30 days after publication in the Federal Register (5 U.S.C. 553) because this rule should be in place for the upcoming marketing year, which begins September 1, 2010. Further, handlers are aware of this rule, which was recommended at a public meeting. Also, 15 days were provided for comments to the proposed rule. List of Subjects in 7 CFR Part 984 Marketing agreements, Nuts, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Walnuts. ■ For the reasons set forth in the preamble, 7 CFR part 984 is amended as follows: PART 984—WALNUTS GROWN IN CALIFORNIA 1. The authority citation for 7 CFR part 984 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 7 U.S.C. 601–674. § 984.450 [Amended] 2. Section 984.450 is amended by revising the first sentence in paragraph (a) and adding a new paragraph (c) to read as follows: ■ wwoods2 on DSK1DXX6B1PROD with RULES_PART 1 § 984.450 (a) Minimum kernel content requirements for inshell walnuts for reserve disposition credit. For purposes of §§ 984.54 and 984.56, no lot of inshell walnuts may be held, exported, or disposed of for use by governmental agencies or charitable institutions unless it meets the minimum requirements for merchantable inshell walnuts effective pursuant to § 984.50(a). * * * * * * * * (c) Inspection and certification of shelled walnuts that are manufactured into products. For purposes of §§ 984.50(d) and 984.52(c), shelled walnuts may be cut or diced without prior inspection and certification: Provided, That the end product, except for walnut meal, is inspected and certified. For purposes of this section, end product shall be defined as walnut pieces equal to or larger than eight sixtyfourths of an inch in diameter. Walnut meal shall be defined as walnut pieces smaller than eight sixty-fourths of an inch in diameter. (1) End product. End product must be sized, inspected and certified, and the size must be noted on the inspection certificate. The end product quality must be equal to or better than the minimum requirements of U.S. Commercial grade as defined in the 15:10 Aug 23, 2010 Jkt 220001 Dated: August 17, 2010. Rayne Pegg, Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. 2010–21010 Filed 8–23–10; 8:45 am] Grade and size regulations. VerDate Mar<15>2010 United States Standards for Shelled Walnuts (Juglans regia). (2) Walnut meal. Walnut meal that is accumulated during the cutting or dicing of shelled walnuts to create end product must be presented with the smallest end product from that manufacturing run that is inspected and certified. If the end product meets the applicable U.S. Commercial grade requirements, the walnut meal accumulated during the manufacture of that end product shall be identified and referenced on a separate meal certificate as ‘‘meal derived from walnut pieces that meet U.S. Commercial grade requirements.’’ The certificate number of the smallest end product will be referenced on the meal certificate. (3) Failed lots. If the end product fails to meet applicable U.S. Commercial grade requirements, the end product may be reconditioned, re-sampled, inspected again, and certified. However, the walnut meal accumulated during the manufacture of that end product shall be rejected and disposed of pursuant to the requirements of § 984.64. BILLING CODE 3410–02–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Marketing Service 7 CFR Part 1000 [Doc. No. AMS–DA–09–0062; AO–14–A73, et al.; DA–03–10] Milk in the Northeast and Other Marketing Areas; Order Amending the Orders Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: This final rule maintains the current fluid milk product definition’s compositional standard of 6.5 percent nonfat milk solids criterion and incorporates an equivalent 2.25 percent true milk protein criterion for determining if a product meets the compositional standard. This final rule also determines how milk and milkderived ingredients should be priced under all Federal milk marketing orders when used in products meeting the fluid milk product definition. It provides exemptions for drinkable yogurt products containing at least 20 percent yogurt (by weight), kefir, and products intended to be meal SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 51929 replacements from the fluid milk product definition. A referendum was held and the required number of producers approved the issuance of the orders as amended. DATES: Effective Date: January 1, 2011. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Henry H. Schaefer, Economist, USDA/ AMS/Dairy Programs, Upper Midwest Milk Market Administrators Office, Suite 200, 1600 West 82nd Street, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55431–1420, (952) 831–5292, e-mail address: hschaefer@fmma30.com; or William Francis, Associate Deputy Administrator, USDA/AMS/Dairy Programs, Order Formulation and Enforcement, Stop 0231—Room 2971–S, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250–0231, (202) 720– 6274, e-mail address: william.francis@ams.usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This final rule amends the fluid milk product definition in all Federal milk marketing orders. This rulemaking action maintains the current fluid milk product definition’s compositional standard of 6.5 percent nonfat milk solids and incorporates an equivalent 2.25 percent true milk protein criterion for determining if a product meets the compositional standard. This final rule also amends determining how milk and milk-derived ingredients should be priced under all Federal milk marketing orders when used in products meeting the fluid milk product definition. It exempts drinkable yogurt products containing at least 20 percent yogurt (by weight), kefir, infant formulas, dietary products (meal replacements) and other products that may contain milk-derived ingredients from the fluid milk product definition. This administrative action is governed by the provisions of sections 556 and 557 of Title 5 of the United States Code and, therefore, is excluded from the requirements of Executive Order 12866. This final rule herein has been reviewed under Executive Order 12988, Civil Justice Reform. The final rule is not intended to have a retroactive effect. The Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937 (Act), as amended (7 U.S.C. 601–674), provides that administrative proceedings must be exhausted before parties may file suit in court. Under section 608c(15)(A) of the Act, any handler subject to an order may request modification or exemption from such order by filing with the Department a petition stating that the order, any provision of the order, or any obligation imposed in connection with the order is not in accordance with the law. A handler is afforded the E:\FR\FM\24AUR1.SGM 24AUR1 51930 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 163 / Tuesday, August 24, 2010 / Rules and Regulations wwoods2 on DSK1DXX6B1PROD with RULES_PART 1 opportunity for a hearing on the petition. After a hearing, the Department would rule on the petition. The Act provides that the district court of the United States in any district in which the handler is an habitant, or has its principal place of business, has jurisdiction in equity to review the USDA’s ruling on the petition, provided a bill in equity is filed not later than 20 days after the date of the entry of the ruling. Regulatory Flexibility Act and Paperwork Reduction Act In accordance with the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601–612), the Agricultural Marketing Service has considered the economic impact of this action on small entities and has certified that this rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. For the purpose of the Regulatory Flexibility Act, a dairy farm is considered a ‘‘small business’’ if it has an annual gross revenue of less than $750,000, and a dairy products manufacturer is a ‘‘small business’’ if it has fewer than 500 employees. For the purposes of determining which dairy farms are ‘‘small businesses,’’ the $750,000 per year criterion was used to establish a production guideline of 500,000 pounds per month. Although this guideline does not factor in additional monies that may be received by dairy producers, it should be an inclusive standard for most ‘‘small’’ dairy farmers. For purposes of determining a handler’s size, if the plant is part of a larger company operating multiple plants that collectively exceed the 500-employee limit, the plant will be considered a large business even if the local plant has fewer than 500 employees. For the month of June 2005, the month the hearing was held, 52,425 dairy farmers were pooled on the Federal order system. Of the total, 49,160, or 94 percent were considered small businesses. During the same month, 1,530 plants were regulated by or reported their milk receipts to their respective Market Administrator. Of the total, 847, or 55 percent were considered small businesses. The fluid milk product definition sets out the criteria for determining if the use of producer milk and milk-derived ingredients in such products should be priced at the Class I price. The established criteria for the classification of producer milk are applied in an identical fashion to both large and small businesses and will not have any different impact on those businesses producing fluid milk products thus VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:10 Aug 23, 2010 Jkt 220001 assuring that similarly situated handlers have the same minimum price as required by section 608(c)5 of the Act. Therefore, the amendments will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. The impact of the proposed amendments on large and small entities would be negligible. In fact, the amendment proposing to change the classification of kefir and drinkable yogurt is estimated to affect blend prices by no more than $0.0026 per cwt based on record evidence. The Agricultural Marketing Service is committed to complying with the EGovernment Act to promote the use of the Internet and other information technologies to provide increased opportunities for citizen access to Government information and services, and for other purposes. A review of reporting requirements was completed under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 35). It was determined that these amendments would have no impact on reporting, recordkeeping, or other compliance requirements because they would remain identical to the current requirements. No new forms are proposed and no additional reporting requirements are necessary. This notice does not require additional information collection that needs clearance by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) beyond currently approved information collection. The primary sources of data used to complete the forms are routinely used in most business transactions. The forms require only a minimal amount of information that can be supplied without data processing equipment or a trained statistical staff. Thus, the information collection and reporting burden is relatively small. Requiring the same reports for all handlers does not significantly disadvantage any handler that is smaller than the industry average. Prior Documents in This Proceeding Notice of Hearing: Issued April 6, 2005; published April 12, 2005 (70 FR 19012). Recommended Decision: Issued May 12, 2006; published May 17, 2006 (71 FR 28590). Final Decision: Issued May 21, 2010; published June 14, 2010 (75 FR 33534). Technical Correction: Issued June 18, 2010; published June 24, 2010 (75 FR 36015). Findings and Determinations The findings and determinations hereinafter set forth supplement those that were made when the orders were PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 first issued and when they were amended. The previous findings and determinations are hereby ratified and confirmed, except where they may conflict with those set forth herein. The following findings are hereby made with respect to the Northeast and other marketing orders: (a) Findings Upon the Basis of the Hearing Record A public hearing was held with regard to certain proposed amendments to the tentative marketing agreements and to the orders regulating the handling of milk in the Northeast and other marketing areas. The hearing was held pursuant to the provisions of the AMAA and the applicable rules of practice and procedure (7 CFR part 900). Upon the basis of the evidence introduced at such hearing and the record thereof, it is found that: (1) The said orders as hereby amended, and all of the terms and conditions thereof, will tend to effectuate the declared policy of the AMAA; (2) The parity prices of milk, as determined pursuant to section 2 of the AMAA, are not reasonable in view of the price of feeds, available supplies of feeds, and other economic conditions which affect market supply and demand for milk in the aforesaid marketing areas. The minimum prices specified in the orders as hereby amended are such prices as will reflect the aforesaid factors, insure a sufficient quantity of pure and wholesome milk, and be in the public interest; (3) The said orders, as hereby amended, regulate the handling of milk in the same manner as, and are applicable only to persons in the respective classes of industrial or commercial activity specified in, the marketing agreements upon which a hearing has been held; and (4) All milk and milk products handled by handlers, as defined in the tentative marketing agreements and the orders as hereby amended, are in the current of interstate commerce or directly burden, obstruct, or affect interstate commerce in milk or its products. (b) Determinations It is hereby determined that: (1) The refusal or failure of handlers (excluding cooperative associations specified in section 8c(9) of the AMAA) of more than 50 percent of the milk, which is marketed within the specified marketing areas, to sign a proposed marketing agreement, tends to prevent the effectuation of the declared policy of the AMAA; E:\FR\FM\24AUR1.SGM 24AUR1 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 163 / Tuesday, August 24, 2010 / Rules and Regulations (2) The issuance of this order amending the Northeast and other orders is the only practical means pursuant to the declared policy of the AMAA of advancing the interests of producers as defined in the orders as hereby amended; and (3) The issuance of this order amending the Northeast and other orders is favored by at least two-thirds of the producers who were engaged in the production of milk for sale in the respective marketing areas. List of Subjects in 7 CFR Part 1000 Milk marketing orders. Order Relative to Handling It is therefore ordered, that on and after the effective date hereof, the handling of milk in the Northeast and other marketing areas shall be in conformity to and in compliance with the terms and conditions of the orders, as amended, and as hereby amended, as follows: ■ For reasons set forth in the preamble, 7 CFR part 1000 is amended as follows: PART 1000—GENERAL PROVISIONS OF FEDERAL MILK MARKETING ORDERS 1. The authority citation for 7 CFR part 1000 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 7 U.S.C. 601–674, and 7253. 2. In § 1000.15, paragraphs (a) and (b)(1) are revised to read as follows: ■ wwoods2 on DSK1DXX6B1PROD with RULES_PART 1 § 1000.15 Fluid milk product. (a) Except as provided in paragraph (b) of this section, fluid milk product shall mean any milk products in fluid or frozen form that are intended to be used as beverages containing less than 9 percent butterfat and 6.5 percent or more nonfat solids or 2.25 percent or more true milk protein. Sources of such nonfat solids/protein include but are not limited to: Casein, whey protein concentrate, milk protein concentrate, dry whey, caseinates, lactose, and any similar dairy derived ingredient. Such products include, but are not limited to: Milk, fat-free milk, lowfat milk, light milk, reduced fat milk, milk drinks, eggnog and cultured buttermilk, including any such beverage products that are flavored, cultured, modified with added or reduced nonfat solids, sterilized, concentrated, or reconstituted. As used in this part, the term concentrated milk means milk that contains not less than 25.5 percent, and not more than 50 percent, total milk solids. (b) * * * (1) Any product that contains less than 6.5 percent nonfat milk solids and VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:10 Aug 23, 2010 Jkt 220001 contains less than 2.25 percent true milk protein; whey; plain or sweetened evaporated milk/skim milk; sweetened condensed milk/skim milk; yogurt containing beverages with 20 or more percent yogurt by weight and kefir; products especially prepared for infant feeding or dietary use (meal replacement) that are packaged in hermetically sealed containers; and products that meet the compositional standards specified in paragraph (a) of this section but contain no fluid milk products included in paragraph (a) of this section. * * * * * ■ 3. In § 1000.40, paragraph (b)(2)(iii) and (b)(2)(vi) are revised to read as follows: § 1000.40 Classes of utilization. * * * * * (b) * * * (2) * * * (iii) Aerated cream, frozen cream, sour cream, sour half-and-half, sour cream mixtures containing non-milk items; yogurt, including yogurt containing beverages with 20 percent or more yogurt by weight and kefir, and any other semi-solid product resembling a Class II product; * * * * * (vi) Products especially prepared for infant feeding or dietary use (meal replacements) that are packaged in hermetically sealed containers and products that meet the compositional standards of § 1000.15(a) but contain no fluid milk products included in § 1000.15(a). * * * * * ■ 4. In § 1000.43, paragraph (c) is revised to read as follows: § 1000.43 General classification rules. * * * * * (c) If any of the water but none of the nonfat solids contained in the milk from which a product is made is removed before the product is utilized or disposed of by the handler, the pounds of skim milk in such product that are to be considered under this part as used or disposed of by the handler shall be an amount equivalent to the nonfat milk solids contained in such product plus all of the water originally associated with such solids. If any of the nonfat solids contained in the milk from which a product is made are removed before the product is utilized or disposed of by the handler, the pounds of skim milk in such product that are to be considered under this part as used or disposed of by the handler shall be an amount equivalent to the nonfat milk solids contained in such product plus all of PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 51931 the water and nonfat solids originally associated with such solids determined on a protein equivalent basis. * * * * * Dated: August 17, 2010. Rayne Pegg, Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. 2010–20972 Filed 8–23–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2010–0800; Directorate Identifier 2010–NM–162–AD; Amendment 39–16416; AD 2010–18–03] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; DassaultAviation Model FALCON 7X Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Final rule; request for comments. AGENCY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above. This AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) originated by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product. The MCAI describes the unsafe condition as: SUMMARY: Several in service events related to various electrical systems, have led to the discovery of a common root cause: A leakage failure mode of Transient Voltage Suppressor (TVS) diodes used on Power Distribution Control Units (PDCU) cards or Generator Control Unit (GCU) cards in the Primary Power Distribution Boxes (PPDB). Due to such TVS diode failure mode, operation of some electrical circuits is degraded and some control signals are set at unexpected levels. Further analysis indicated that combination of a TVS diode failure with other systems failures could significantly reduce flight safety. * * * * * The unsafe condition is a leakage failure mode of TVS diodes used on PDCU cards or GCU cards in the PPDB, which in combination with other system failures could lead to loss of controllability of the airplane. This AD requires actions that are intended to address the unsafe condition described in the MCAI. DATES: This AD becomes effective September 8, 2010. E:\FR\FM\24AUR1.SGM 24AUR1

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Agricultural Marketing Service

7 CFR Part 1000

[Doc. No. AMS-DA-09-0062; AO-14-A73, et al.; DA-03-10]


Milk in the Northeast and Other Marketing Areas; Order Amending 
the Orders

AGENCY: Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: This final rule maintains the current fluid milk product 
definition's compositional standard of 6.5 percent nonfat milk solids 
criterion and incorporates an equivalent 2.25 percent true milk protein 
criterion for determining if a product meets the compositional 
standard. This final rule also determines how milk and milk-derived 
ingredients should be priced under all Federal milk marketing orders 
when used in products meeting the fluid milk product definition. It 
provides exemptions for drinkable yogurt products containing at least 
20 percent yogurt (by weight), kefir, and products intended to be meal 
replacements from the fluid milk product definition. A referendum was 
held and the required number of producers approved the issuance of the 
orders as amended.

DATES: Effective Date: January 1, 2011.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Henry H. Schaefer, Economist, USDA/
AMS/Dairy Programs, Upper Midwest Milk Market Administrators Office, 
Suite 200, 1600 West 82nd Street, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55431-1420, 
(952) 831-5292, e-mail address: hschaefer@fmma30.com; or William 
Francis, Associate Deputy Administrator, USDA/AMS/Dairy Programs, Order 
Formulation and Enforcement, Stop 0231--Room 2971-S, 1400 Independence 
Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250-0231, (202) 720-6274, e-mail address: 
william.francis@ams.usda.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This final rule amends the fluid milk 
product definition in all Federal milk marketing orders. This 
rulemaking action maintains the current fluid milk product definition's 
compositional standard of 6.5 percent nonfat milk solids and 
incorporates an equivalent 2.25 percent true milk protein criterion for 
determining if a product meets the compositional standard. This final 
rule also amends determining how milk and milk-derived ingredients 
should be priced under all Federal milk marketing orders when used in 
products meeting the fluid milk product definition. It exempts 
drinkable yogurt products containing at least 20 percent yogurt (by 
weight), kefir, infant formulas, dietary products (meal replacements) 
and other products that may contain milk-derived ingredients from the 
fluid milk product definition.
    This administrative action is governed by the provisions of 
sections 556 and 557 of Title 5 of the United States Code and, 
therefore, is excluded from the requirements of Executive Order 12866.
    This final rule herein has been reviewed under Executive Order 
12988, Civil Justice Reform. The final rule is not intended to have a 
retroactive effect.
    The Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937 (Act), as amended 
(7 U.S.C. 601-674), provides that administrative proceedings must be 
exhausted before parties may file suit in court. Under section 
608c(15)(A) of the Act, any handler subject to an order may request 
modification or exemption from such order by filing with the Department 
a petition stating that the order, any provision of the order, or any 
obligation imposed in connection with the order is not in accordance 
with the law. A handler is afforded the

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opportunity for a hearing on the petition. After a hearing, the 
Department would rule on the petition. The Act provides that the 
district court of the United States in any district in which the 
handler is an habitant, or has its principal place of business, has 
jurisdiction in equity to review the USDA's ruling on the petition, 
provided a bill in equity is filed not later than 20 days after the 
date of the entry of the ruling.

Regulatory Flexibility Act and Paperwork Reduction Act

    In accordance with the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601-
612), the Agricultural Marketing Service has considered the economic 
impact of this action on small entities and has certified that this 
rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial 
number of small entities. For the purpose of the Regulatory Flexibility 
Act, a dairy farm is considered a ``small business'' if it has an 
annual gross revenue of less than $750,000, and a dairy products 
manufacturer is a ``small business'' if it has fewer than 500 
employees.
    For the purposes of determining which dairy farms are ``small 
businesses,'' the $750,000 per year criterion was used to establish a 
production guideline of 500,000 pounds per month. Although this 
guideline does not factor in additional monies that may be received by 
dairy producers, it should be an inclusive standard for most ``small'' 
dairy farmers. For purposes of determining a handler's size, if the 
plant is part of a larger company operating multiple plants that 
collectively exceed the 500-employee limit, the plant will be 
considered a large business even if the local plant has fewer than 500 
employees.
    For the month of June 2005, the month the hearing was held, 52,425 
dairy farmers were pooled on the Federal order system. Of the total, 
49,160, or 94 percent were considered small businesses. During the same 
month, 1,530 plants were regulated by or reported their milk receipts 
to their respective Market Administrator. Of the total, 847, or 55 
percent were considered small businesses.
    The fluid milk product definition sets out the criteria for 
determining if the use of producer milk and milk-derived ingredients in 
such products should be priced at the Class I price. The established 
criteria for the classification of producer milk are applied in an 
identical fashion to both large and small businesses and will not have 
any different impact on those businesses producing fluid milk products 
thus assuring that similarly situated handlers have the same minimum 
price as required by section 608(c)5 of the Act. Therefore, the 
amendments will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial 
number of small entities. The impact of the proposed amendments on 
large and small entities would be negligible. In fact, the amendment 
proposing to change the classification of kefir and drinkable yogurt is 
estimated to affect blend prices by no more than $0.0026 per cwt based 
on record evidence.
    The Agricultural Marketing Service is committed to complying with 
the E-Government Act to promote the use of the Internet and other 
information technologies to provide increased opportunities for citizen 
access to Government information and services, and for other purposes.
    A review of reporting requirements was completed under the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 35). It was 
determined that these amendments would have no impact on reporting, 
recordkeeping, or other compliance requirements because they would 
remain identical to the current requirements. No new forms are proposed 
and no additional reporting requirements are necessary.
    This notice does not require additional information collection that 
needs clearance by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) beyond 
currently approved information collection. The primary sources of data 
used to complete the forms are routinely used in most business 
transactions. The forms require only a minimal amount of information 
that can be supplied without data processing equipment or a trained 
statistical staff. Thus, the information collection and reporting 
burden is relatively small. Requiring the same reports for all handlers 
does not significantly disadvantage any handler that is smaller than 
the industry average.

Prior Documents in This Proceeding

    Notice of Hearing: Issued April 6, 2005; published April 12, 2005 
(70 FR 19012).
    Recommended Decision: Issued May 12, 2006; published May 17, 2006 
(71 FR 28590).
    Final Decision: Issued May 21, 2010; published June 14, 2010 (75 FR 
33534).
    Technical Correction: Issued June 18, 2010; published June 24, 2010 
(75 FR 36015).

Findings and Determinations

    The findings and determinations hereinafter set forth supplement 
those that were made when the orders were first issued and when they 
were amended. The previous findings and determinations are hereby 
ratified and confirmed, except where they may conflict with those set 
forth herein.
    The following findings are hereby made with respect to the 
Northeast and other marketing orders:

(a) Findings Upon the Basis of the Hearing Record

    A public hearing was held with regard to certain proposed 
amendments to the tentative marketing agreements and to the orders 
regulating the handling of milk in the Northeast and other marketing 
areas. The hearing was held pursuant to the provisions of the AMAA and 
the applicable rules of practice and procedure (7 CFR part 900).
    Upon the basis of the evidence introduced at such hearing and the 
record thereof, it is found that:
    (1) The said orders as hereby amended, and all of the terms and 
conditions thereof, will tend to effectuate the declared policy of the 
AMAA;
    (2) The parity prices of milk, as determined pursuant to section 2 
of the AMAA, are not reasonable in view of the price of feeds, 
available supplies of feeds, and other economic conditions which affect 
market supply and demand for milk in the aforesaid marketing areas. The 
minimum prices specified in the orders as hereby amended are such 
prices as will reflect the aforesaid factors, insure a sufficient 
quantity of pure and wholesome milk, and be in the public interest;
    (3) The said orders, as hereby amended, regulate the handling of 
milk in the same manner as, and are applicable only to persons in the 
respective classes of industrial or commercial activity specified in, 
the marketing agreements upon which a hearing has been held; and
    (4) All milk and milk products handled by handlers, as defined in 
the tentative marketing agreements and the orders as hereby amended, 
are in the current of interstate commerce or directly burden, obstruct, 
or affect interstate commerce in milk or its products.

(b) Determinations

    It is hereby determined that:
    (1) The refusal or failure of handlers (excluding cooperative 
associations specified in section 8c(9) of the AMAA) of more than 50 
percent of the milk, which is marketed within the specified marketing 
areas, to sign a proposed marketing agreement, tends to prevent the 
effectuation of the declared policy of the AMAA;

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    (2) The issuance of this order amending the Northeast and other 
orders is the only practical means pursuant to the declared policy of 
the AMAA of advancing the interests of producers as defined in the 
orders as hereby amended; and
    (3) The issuance of this order amending the Northeast and other 
orders is favored by at least two-thirds of the producers who were 
engaged in the production of milk for sale in the respective marketing 
areas.

List of Subjects in 7 CFR Part 1000

    Milk marketing orders.

Order Relative to Handling

    It is therefore ordered, that on and after the effective date 
hereof, the handling of milk in the Northeast and other marketing areas 
shall be in conformity to and in compliance with the terms and 
conditions of the orders, as amended, and as hereby amended, as 
follows:

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For reasons set forth in the preamble, 7 CFR part 1000 is amended as 
follows:

PART 1000--GENERAL PROVISIONS OF FEDERAL MILK MARKETING ORDERS

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1. The authority citation for 7 CFR part 1000 continues to read as 
follows:

    Authority: 7 U.S.C. 601-674, and 7253.


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2. In Sec.  1000.15, paragraphs (a) and (b)(1) are revised to read as 
follows:


Sec.  1000.15  Fluid milk product.

    (a) Except as provided in paragraph (b) of this section, fluid milk 
product shall mean any milk products in fluid or frozen form that are 
intended to be used as beverages containing less than 9 percent 
butterfat and 6.5 percent or more nonfat solids or 2.25 percent or more 
true milk protein. Sources of such nonfat solids/protein include but 
are not limited to: Casein, whey protein concentrate, milk protein 
concentrate, dry whey, caseinates, lactose, and any similar dairy 
derived ingredient. Such products include, but are not limited to: 
Milk, fat-free milk, lowfat milk, light milk, reduced fat milk, milk 
drinks, eggnog and cultured buttermilk, including any such beverage 
products that are flavored, cultured, modified with added or reduced 
nonfat solids, sterilized, concentrated, or reconstituted. As used in 
this part, the term concentrated milk means milk that contains not less 
than 25.5 percent, and not more than 50 percent, total milk solids.
    (b) * * *
    (1) Any product that contains less than 6.5 percent nonfat milk 
solids and contains less than 2.25 percent true milk protein; whey; 
plain or sweetened evaporated milk/skim milk; sweetened condensed milk/
skim milk; yogurt containing beverages with 20 or more percent yogurt 
by weight and kefir; products especially prepared for infant feeding or 
dietary use (meal replacement) that are packaged in hermetically sealed 
containers; and products that meet the compositional standards 
specified in paragraph (a) of this section but contain no fluid milk 
products included in paragraph (a) of this section.
* * * * *

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3. In Sec.  1000.40, paragraph (b)(2)(iii) and (b)(2)(vi) are revised 
to read as follows:


Sec.  1000.40  Classes of utilization.

* * * * *
    (b) * * *
    (2) * * *
    (iii) Aerated cream, frozen cream, sour cream, sour half-and-half, 
sour cream mixtures containing non-milk items; yogurt, including yogurt 
containing beverages with 20 percent or more yogurt by weight and 
kefir, and any other semi-solid product resembling a Class II product;
* * * * *
    (vi) Products especially prepared for infant feeding or dietary use 
(meal replacements) that are packaged in hermetically sealed containers 
and products that meet the compositional standards of Sec.  1000.15(a) 
but contain no fluid milk products included in Sec.  1000.15(a).
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4. In Sec.  1000.43, paragraph (c) is revised to read as follows:


Sec.  1000.43  General classification rules.

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    (c) If any of the water but none of the nonfat solids contained in 
the milk from which a product is made is removed before the product is 
utilized or disposed of by the handler, the pounds of skim milk in such 
product that are to be considered under this part as used or disposed 
of by the handler shall be an amount equivalent to the nonfat milk 
solids contained in such product plus all of the water originally 
associated with such solids. If any of the nonfat solids contained in 
the milk from which a product is made are removed before the product is 
utilized or disposed of by the handler, the pounds of skim milk in such 
product that are to be considered under this part as used or disposed 
of by the handler shall be an amount equivalent to the nonfat milk 
solids contained in such product plus all of the water and nonfat 
solids originally associated with such solids determined on a protein 
equivalent basis.
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    Dated: August 17, 2010.
Rayne Pegg,
Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service.
[FR Doc. 2010-20972 Filed 8-23-10; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 3410-02-P