Revisions and Clarifications in Requirements for the Processing of Donated Foods; Extension of Comment Period, 11854 [2017-03560]

Download as PDF 11854 Proposed Rules Federal Register Vol. 82, No. 37 Monday, February 27, 2017 This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains notices to the public of the proposed issuance of rules and regulations. The purpose of these notices is to give interested persons an opportunity to participate in the rule making prior to the adoption of the final rules. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Food and Nutrition Service 7 CFR Part 250 RIN 0584–AE38 Revisions and Clarifications in Requirements for the Processing of Donated Foods; Extension of Comment Period Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), USDA. ACTION: Proposed rule; extension of comment period. AGENCY: The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is extending the comment period for this proposed rule. This rule proposes to revise and clarify requirements for the processing of donated foods in order to: Incorporate successful processing options tested in demonstration projects, ensure accountability for donated foods provided for processing, and increase program efficiency. The rule would require multi-State processors to enter into National Processing Agreements to process donated foods into end products, permit processors to substitute commercially purchased beef and pork of U.S. origin and of equal or better quality for donated beef and pork, and would increase oversight of inventories of donated foods at processors. The rule also revises regulatory provisions in plain language, to make them easier to read and understand. DATES: The comment period for the proposed rule published in the Federal Register of January 5, 2017 (82 FR 1231), has been extended from March 6, 2017, to April 5, 2017. To be assured of consideration, comments must be received on or before April 5, 2017. ADDRESSES: The Food and Nutrition Service invites interested persons to submit comments on this proposed rule. You may submit comments, identified by RIN number 0584–AE38, by any of the following methods: jstallworth on DSK7TPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:04 Feb 24, 2017 Jkt 241001 Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. Email: Send comments to ProcessingRuleComments@fns.usda.gov. Include RIN number 0584–AE38 in the subject line of the message. Mail: Send comments to Kiley Larson, Program Analyst, Policy Branch, Food Distribution Division, Food and Nutrition Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Room 500, 3101 Park Center Drive, Alexandria, Virginia 22302–1594. Hand Delivery or Courier: Deliver comments to the above address. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kiley Larson or Erica Antonson at the above address or telephone (703) 305– 2680. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Food and Nutrition Service is extending by 30 days the public comment period for this proposed rule, which was published on January 5, 2017. To the extent that 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(A) applies to this action, it is exempt from notice and comment rulemaking for good cause and for reasons cited above, the Food and Nutrition Service finds that notice and solicitation of comment regarding the brief extension of the comment period of the rule is impracticable, unnecessary, or contrary to the public interest pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B). The Food and Nutrition Service believes that affected parties need to be informed as soon as possible of the extension and its length. Dated: February 16, 2017. Jessica Shahin, Acting Administrator, Food and Nutrition Service. [FR Doc. 2017–03560 Filed 2–24–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–30–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Marketing Service 7 CFR Part 1255 [Doc. No. AMS–SC–16–0112] Organic Research, Promotion, and Information Order Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. ACTION: Extension of comment period. AGENCY: PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Notice is hereby given that Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is extending the comment period for the proposed rule published in the Federal Register on January 18, 2017 (82 FR 5746), until April 19, 2017. The proposed rule invited comments on the proposed establishment of an industryfunded research, promotion, and information program for certified organic products. The proposed rule also announced the Agricultural Marketing Service’s (AMS) intent to request approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) of new information collection requirements to implement the program. This document extends the comment period for the proposed rule by 30 days. DATES: Comments received by April 19, 2017, will be considered prior to issuance of a final rule. ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments concerning this proposal. Comments may be submitted on the Internet at: http://www.regulations.gov or to the Promotion and Economics Division, Specialty Crops Program, AMS, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Room 1406–S, Stop 0244, Washington, DC 20250–0244; facsimile: (202) 205–2800. All comments should reference the docket number and the date and page number of this issue of the Federal Register and will be made available for public inspection, including name and address, if provided, in the above office during regular business hours or it can be viewed at http:// www.regulations.gov. Pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), comments regarding the accuracy of the burden estimate, ways to minimize the burden, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology, or any other aspect of this collection of information, should be sent to the above address. In addition, comments concerning the information collection should also be sent to the Desk Office for Agriculture, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, OMB, New Executive Office Building, 725 17th Street NW., Room 725, Washington, DC 20503. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Heather Pichelman, Division Director, Promotion and Economics Division, Specialty Crops Program, AMS, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Room SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\27FEP1.SGM 27FEP1

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[FR Doc No: 2017-03560]


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Proposed Rules
                                                Federal Register
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This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains notices to the public of 
the proposed issuance of rules and regulations. The purpose of these 
notices is to give interested persons an opportunity to participate in 
the rule making prior to the adoption of the final rules.

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Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 37 / Monday, February 27, 2017 / 
Proposed Rules

[[Page 11854]]



DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Food and Nutrition Service

7 CFR Part 250

RIN 0584-AE38


Revisions and Clarifications in Requirements for the Processing 
of Donated Foods; Extension of Comment Period

AGENCY: Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), USDA.

ACTION: Proposed rule; extension of comment period.

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SUMMARY: The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is extending the comment 
period for this proposed rule. This rule proposes to revise and clarify 
requirements for the processing of donated foods in order to: 
Incorporate successful processing options tested in demonstration 
projects, ensure accountability for donated foods provided for 
processing, and increase program efficiency. The rule would require 
multi-State processors to enter into National Processing Agreements to 
process donated foods into end products, permit processors to 
substitute commercially purchased beef and pork of U.S. origin and of 
equal or better quality for donated beef and pork, and would increase 
oversight of inventories of donated foods at processors. The rule also 
revises regulatory provisions in plain language, to make them easier to 
read and understand.

DATES: The comment period for the proposed rule published in the 
Federal Register of January 5, 2017 (82 FR 1231), has been extended 
from March 6, 2017, to April 5, 2017. To be assured of consideration, 
comments must be received on or before April 5, 2017.

ADDRESSES: The Food and Nutrition Service invites interested persons to 
submit comments on this proposed rule. You may submit comments, 
identified by RIN number 0584-AE38, by any of the following methods:
    Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the online instructions for submitting comments.
    Email: Send comments to ProcessingRuleComments@fns.usda.gov. 
Include RIN number 0584-AE38 in the subject line of the message.
    Mail: Send comments to Kiley Larson, Program Analyst, Policy 
Branch, Food Distribution Division, Food and Nutrition Service, U.S. 
Department of Agriculture, Room 500, 3101 Park Center Drive, 
Alexandria, Virginia 22302-1594.
    Hand Delivery or Courier: Deliver comments to the above address.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kiley Larson or Erica Antonson at the 
above address or telephone (703) 305-2680.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Food and Nutrition Service is extending 
by 30 days the public comment period for this proposed rule, which was 
published on January 5, 2017.
    To the extent that 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(A) applies to this action, it is 
exempt from notice and comment rulemaking for good cause and for 
reasons cited above, the Food and Nutrition Service finds that notice 
and solicitation of comment regarding the brief extension of the 
comment period of the rule is impracticable, unnecessary, or contrary 
to the public interest pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B).
    The Food and Nutrition Service believes that affected parties need 
to be informed as soon as possible of the extension and its length.

    Dated: February 16, 2017.
Jessica Shahin,
Acting Administrator, Food and Nutrition Service.
[FR Doc. 2017-03560 Filed 2-24-17; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 3410-30-P