Availability of Updated FSIS Food Standards and Labeling Policy Book, 50263-50264 [2015-20435]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 160 / Wednesday, August 19, 2015 / Notices reviewed the discussion draft. Responding members supported the proposed changes to the Product description, and the proposed change to separate the canned dried beans, canned pork and beans, and the canned baked beans grade standards into the documents. Additionally, AMS submitted the discussion draft to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for guidance on the proposed changes. The FDA expressed concern over the removal of the term ‘‘baking’’ from the process while continuing to use the term ‘‘baked’’ as part of the name of the food. The FDA did not object to a name that appropriately describes the food as per the regulations in 21 CFR 101.3. AMS discussed further FDA’s concerns with the petitioner. A second discussion draft was developed and submitted to the FDA and received a positive response. The second discussion draft was then submitted to the aforementioned industry groups for a second round of comments. Both groups responded positively to the changes. The proposed revised text for Section 52.6461 Product description reads as follows: ‘‘The product is prepared by washing, soaking, and baking beans and sauce through the application of heat in a closed or open container for a period of time sufficient to provide texture, flavor, color, and consistency attributes that are typical for this product.’’ Agricultural Marketing Service tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES AMS is soliciting comments on the proposed revision of the U.S. Standards for Grades of Canned Baked Beans. In particular, AMS would welcome comments and information regarding the possible impact on processors and growers. Further details are provided in the petition and are available from Brian E. Griffin at the previously mentioned address in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section or can be found on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov. This notice provides for a 60-day comment period for interested parties to comment on the proposed revision of the U.S. Standards for Grades of Canned Baked Beans. Authority: 7 U.S.C. 1621–1627. Dated: August 13, 2015. Rex A. Barnes, Associate Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. 2015–20445 Filed 8–18–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:14 Aug 18, 2015 Jkt 235001 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Food Safety and Inspection Service [Docket No. FSIS–2015–0033] Availability of Updated FSIS Food Standards and Labeling Policy Book Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice of availability and opportunity for comment. AGENCY: The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is announcing the Agency’s intent to revise the Food Standards and Labeling Policy Book. The Agency has stopped adding policy guidance to it; however, FSIS will continue to amend or remove items in the book, as necessary, to remain consistent with Agency policies and regulations. The revised Food Standards and Labeling Policy Book will provide updated information for establishments to use when creating new labels and when modifying existing labels for meat and poultry products. DATES: Submit comments on or before October 19, 2015. ADDRESSES: A downloadable version of the Food Standards and Labeling Policy Book is available for viewing and printing at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/ wps/portal/fsis/topics/regulatorycompliance/labeling/Labeling-Policies. No hard copies have been published. FSIS invites interested persons to submit comments on this notice. Comments may be submitted by one of the following methods: Federal eRulemaking Portal: This Web site provides the ability to type short comments directly into the comment field on this Web page or attach a file for lengthier comments. Go to http:// www.regulations.gov/. Follow the online instructions at that site for submitting comments. Mail, including CD–ROMs: Send to Docket Clerk, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service, Patriots Plaza 3, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Mailstop 3782, Room 8–163B, Washington, DC 20250–3700. Hand- or courier-delivered submittals: Deliver to Patriots Plaza 3, 355 E Street SW., Room 8–163A, Washington, DC 20250–3700. Instructions: All items submitted by mail or electronic mail must include the Agency name and docket number FSIS– 2015–0033. Comments received in response to this docket will be made available for public inspection and posted without change, including any personal information, to http:// www.regulations.gov. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 50263 Docket: For access to background documents or to comments received, go to the FSIS Docket Room at Patriots Plaza 3, 355 E Street SW., Room 164– A, Washington, DC 20250–3700 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Daniel L. Engeljohn, Ph.D., Assistant Administrator, Office of Policy and Program Development; Telephone: (202) 205–0495, or by Fax: (202) 720–2025. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background FSIS is responsible for ensuring that the Nation’s commercial supply of meat and poultry is safe, wholesome, and properly labeled and packaged. On November 7, 2013, FSIS published the final rule ‘‘Prior Label Approval Systems: Generic Label Approval.’’ This final rule amended the meat and poultry products inspection regulations to expand the circumstances under which labels of meat and poultry products would be deemed to be generically approved by the Agency (78 FR 66826). Effective January 6, 2014, FSIS regulations (9 CFR 412.1(c)) require only four categories of labels to be submitted to the Labeling and Program Delivery Staff (LPDS) for approval. One category requiring the submission of labels is special statements and claims (9 CFR 412.1(c)(3)), as described in 9 CFR 412.1(e). Under this paragraph, special statements and claims that are defined in FSIS’s regulations or in its Food Standards and Labeling Policy Book, except for ‘‘natural’’ and negative claims, and that comply with those regulations and policies, are deemed to be approved by the Agency without being submitted for evaluation and approval. Comments that FSIS had received in response to the December 5, 2011, proposal (76 FR 75809) that preceded the final rule asked the Agency to update its Food Standards and Labeling Policy Book. In response to these comments, FSIS decided to stop adding new policy guidance to the book but to continue to amend or remove items in the book, as necessary. FSIS has revised the ‘‘Chicken Cordon Bleu’’ entry in response to a petition submitted to the Agency and removed the entry for ‘‘Ham, Smithfield’’ to ensure consistency with the regulations on the use of geographic terminology on labeling (9 CFR 317.8(b)(1). FSIS announced these changes in its Constituent Update.1 This calendar year 1 See http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/ newsroom/meetings/newsletters/constituent- E:\FR\FM\19AUN1.SGM Continued 19AUN1 50264 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 160 / Wednesday, August 19, 2015 / Notices FSIS will revise the ‘‘Caddies’’ entry in the Food Standards and Labeling Policy Book in response to a petition submitted to the Agency to reflect current industry practice. Also, this calendar year, FSIS will update the entry for ‘‘Heart Meat’’ to reflect the regulatory definition for meat in 9 CFR 301.2 and will modify the entry for ‘‘Quality Grade Terms and Subjective Terms on Labels’’ to make it consistent with the Agricultural Marketing Service policy on such terms. FSIS will announce these changes and all other future revisions of the book in the FSIS Constituent Update, which is accessible on the Agency’s Web site at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/ fsis/newsroom/meetings/newsletters/ constituent-updates/constituentupdates-2015. The Agency will convey new labeling guidance by other means, such as compliance policy guides and will announce them through the Constituent Update or other appropriate means. USDA Nondiscrimination Statement No agency, officer, or employee of the USDA shall, on the grounds of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/ parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, or political beliefs, exclude from participation in, deny the benefits of, or subject to discrimination any person in the United States under any program or activity conducted by the USDA. To file a complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, which may be accessed online at http:// www.ocio.usda.gov/sites/default/files/ docs/2012/Complain_combined_6_8_ 12.pdf, or write a letter signed by you or your authorized representative. Send your completed complaint form or letter to USDA by mail, fax, or email: should contact USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720–2600 (voice and TDD). Additional Public Notification Public awareness of all segments of rulemaking and policy development is important. Consequently, FSIS will announce this Federal Register publication on-line through the FSIS Web page located at: http://www.fsis. usda.gov/federal-register. FSIS also will make copies of this 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 available on the FSIS Web page. Through the Web page, FSIS is able to provide information to a much broader, more diverse audience. In addition, FSIS offers an email 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/subscribe. Options range from recalls to export information, 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: August 12, 2015. Alfred V. Almanza, Acting Administrator. [FR Doc. 2015–20435 Filed 8–18–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–DM–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration Mail [A–570–001] U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250–9410. Potassium Permanganate From the People’s Republic of China: Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2013 Fax tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Email program.intake@usda.gov. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) updates/archive/2015/ConstUpdate040315; http:// www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/newsroom/ meetings/newsletters/constituent-updates/archive/ 2015/ConstUpdate050115. VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:14 Aug 18, 2015 Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. SUMMARY: In response to a request by Pacific Accelerator Limited (‘‘PAL’’), the Department of Commerce (the ‘‘Department’’) is conducting an administrative review of the antidumping duty order on potassium permanganate from the People’s Republic of China (‘‘PRC’’) for the period of review (‘‘POR’’) January 1, AGENCY: (202) 690–7442. Jkt 235001 PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 2013, through December 31, 2013.1 The Department has determined that PAL had no entries of subject merchandise during the POR. DATES: Effective Date: August 19, 2015. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Paul Walker, AD/CVD Operations, Office V, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482–0413. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Scope of the Order Imports covered by the order are shipments of potassium permanganate, an inorganic chemical produced in freeflowing, technical, and pharmaceutical grades. Potassium permanganate is currently classifiable under item 2841.61.00 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (‘‘HTSUS’’). Although the HTSUS item number is provided for convenience and customs purposes, the written description of the merchandise remains dispositive. Background On February 10, 2015, the Department published the Preliminary Results of this administrative review.2 On March 12, 2015, PAL submitted a case brief.3 On March 17, 2015, the petitioner, Carus Corporation (‘‘Carus’’) submitted a rebuttal brief.4 On June 2, 2015, we extended the final results to August 10, 2015.5 Final Determination of No Reviewable Transactions As noted in the Preliminary Results, PAL made only one sale of subject merchandise on the last day of the POR, which entered the United States five months after the end of the review period. On July 17, 2014, in response to the Department’s Section C Supplemental, PAL reported having no entries during the POR,6 which we 1 See Antidumping Duty Order; Potassium Permanganate from the People’s Republic of China, 49 FR 3897 (January 31, 1984). 2 See Potassium Permanganate from the People’s Republic of China: Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2013, 80 FR 7413 (February 10, 2015) (‘‘Preliminary Results’’). 3 See PAL’s March 12, 2015 submission. 4 See Petitioner’s March 17, 2015 submission. 5 See Memorandum to Christian Marsh, Deputy Assistant Secretary, through James Doyle, Office Director, from Paul Walker, Case Analyst, ‘‘Potassium Permanganate from the People’s Republic of China: Extension of Deadline for the Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review,’’ dated June 2, 2015. 6 See PAL’s July 17, 2014, submission at 11. E:\FR\FM\19AUN1.SGM 19AUN1

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[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 160 (Wednesday, August 19, 2015)]
[Notices]
[Pages 50263-50264]
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Food Safety and Inspection Service

[Docket No. FSIS-2015-0033]


Availability of Updated FSIS Food Standards and Labeling Policy 
Book

AGENCY: Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of availability and opportunity for comment.

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SUMMARY: The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is announcing 
the Agency's intent to revise the Food Standards and Labeling Policy 
Book. The Agency has stopped adding policy guidance to it; however, 
FSIS will continue to amend or remove items in the book, as necessary, 
to remain consistent with Agency policies and regulations. The revised 
Food Standards and Labeling Policy Book will provide updated 
information for establishments to use when creating new labels and when 
modifying existing labels for meat and poultry products.

DATES: Submit comments on or before October 19, 2015.

ADDRESSES: A downloadable version of the Food Standards and Labeling 
Policy Book is available for viewing and printing at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/regulatory-compliance/labeling/Labeling-Policies. No hard copies have been published.
    FSIS invites interested persons to submit comments on this notice. 
Comments may be submitted by one of the following methods:
    Federal eRulemaking Portal: This Web site provides the ability to 
type short comments directly into the comment field on this Web page or 
attach a file for lengthier comments. Go to http://www.regulations.gov/
. Follow the on-line instructions at that site for submitting comments.
    Mail, including CD-ROMs: Send to Docket Clerk, U.S. Department of 
Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service, Patriots Plaza 3, 1400 
Independence Avenue SW., Mailstop 3782, Room 8-163B, Washington, DC 
20250-3700.
    Hand- or courier-delivered submittals: Deliver to Patriots Plaza 3, 
355 E Street SW., Room 8-163A, Washington, DC 20250-3700.
    Instructions: All items submitted by mail or electronic mail must 
include the Agency name and docket number FSIS-2015-0033. Comments 
received in response to this docket will be made available for public 
inspection and posted without change, including any personal 
information, to http://www.regulations.gov.
    Docket: For access to background documents or to comments received, 
go to the FSIS Docket Room at Patriots Plaza 3, 355 E Street SW., Room 
164-A, Washington, DC 20250-3700 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., 
Monday through Friday.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Daniel L. Engeljohn, Ph.D., Assistant 
Administrator, Office of Policy and Program Development; Telephone: 
(202) 205-0495, or by Fax: (202) 720-2025.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    FSIS is responsible for ensuring that the Nation's commercial 
supply of meat and poultry is safe, wholesome, and properly labeled and 
packaged.
    On November 7, 2013, FSIS published the final rule ``Prior Label 
Approval Systems: Generic Label Approval.'' This final rule amended the 
meat and poultry products inspection regulations to expand the 
circumstances under which labels of meat and poultry products would be 
deemed to be generically approved by the Agency (78 FR 66826).
    Effective January 6, 2014, FSIS regulations (9 CFR 412.1(c)) 
require only four categories of labels to be submitted to the Labeling 
and Program Delivery Staff (LPDS) for approval. One category requiring 
the submission of labels is special statements and claims (9 CFR 
412.1(c)(3)), as described in 9 CFR 412.1(e). Under this paragraph, 
special statements and claims that are defined in FSIS's regulations or 
in its Food Standards and Labeling Policy Book, except for ``natural'' 
and negative claims, and that comply with those regulations and 
policies, are deemed to be approved by the Agency without being 
submitted for evaluation and approval.
    Comments that FSIS had received in response to the December 5, 
2011, proposal (76 FR 75809) that preceded the final rule asked the 
Agency to update its Food Standards and Labeling Policy Book. In 
response to these comments, FSIS decided to stop adding new policy 
guidance to the book but to continue to amend or remove items in the 
book, as necessary.
    FSIS has revised the ``Chicken Cordon Bleu'' entry in response to a 
petition submitted to the Agency and removed the entry for ``Ham, 
Smithfield'' to ensure consistency with the regulations on the use of 
geographic terminology on labeling (9 CFR 317.8(b)(1). FSIS announced 
these changes in its Constituent Update.\1\ This calendar year

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FSIS will revise the ``Caddies'' entry in the Food Standards and 
Labeling Policy Book in response to a petition submitted to the Agency 
to reflect current industry practice. Also, this calendar year, FSIS 
will update the entry for ``Heart Meat'' to reflect the regulatory 
definition for meat in 9 CFR 301.2 and will modify the entry for 
``Quality Grade Terms and Subjective Terms on Labels'' to make it 
consistent with the Agricultural Marketing Service policy on such 
terms. FSIS will announce these changes and all other future revisions 
of the book in the FSIS Constituent Update, which is accessible on the 
Agency's Web site at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/newsroom/meetings/newsletters/constituent-updates/constituent-updates-2015. The Agency will convey new labeling guidance by other means, such 
as compliance policy guides and will announce them through the 
Constituent Update or other appropriate means.
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USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

    No agency, officer, or employee of the USDA shall, on the grounds 
of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual 
orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, 
income derived from a public assistance program, or political beliefs, 
exclude from participation in, deny the benefits of, or subject to 
discrimination any person in the United States under any program or 
activity conducted by the USDA.
    To file a complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program 
Discrimination Complaint Form, which may be accessed online at http://www.ocio.usda.gov/sites/default/files/docs/2012/Complain_combined_6_8_12.pdf, or write a letter signed by you or your 
authorized representative.
    Send your completed complaint form or letter to USDA by mail, fax, 
or email:

Mail

    U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 
1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250-9410.

Fax

    (202) 690-7442.

Email

    program.intake@usda.gov.
    Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for 
communication (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact 
USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD).

Additional Public Notification

    Public awareness of all segments of rulemaking and policy 
development is important. Consequently, FSIS will announce this Federal 
Register publication on-line through the FSIS Web page located at: 
http://www.fsis.usda.gov/federal-register.
    FSIS also will make copies of this 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 available on the FSIS Web page. Through the 
Web page, FSIS is able to provide information to a much broader, more 
diverse audience. In addition, FSIS offers an email 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/subscribe. Options range from recalls to export 
information, 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: August 12, 2015.
Alfred V. Almanza,
Acting Administrator.
[FR Doc. 2015-20435 Filed 8-18-15; 8:45 am]
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