Amendments to Quality Systems Verification Programs and Conforming Changes; Withdrawal, 50527 [2018-21843]

Download as PDF 50527 Proposed Rules Federal Register Vol. 83, No. 195 Tuesday, October 9, 2018 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 Agricultural Marketing Service 7 CFR Parts 56, 62, and 70 [Docket No. AMS–LPS–15–0057] Amendments to Quality Systems Verification Programs and Conforming Changes; Withdrawal Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice of withdrawal. AGENCY: This action informs the public that the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is withdrawing a proposed rule published in the Federal Register on November 7, 2016, that proposed to amend Quality Systems Verification Program (QSVP) regulations. Upon further review, the agency has decided to clarify that all voluntary, user-fee services under this part are applicable to all commodities covered by the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 (Act), as amended. Accordingly, a proposed rule covering all audit-based services is forthcoming from the agency. DATES: The proposed rule published November 7, 2016, at 81 FR 78057, is withdrawn as of October 9, 2018. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jeffrey Waite, Branch Chief, Auditing Services Branch, Quality Assessment Division; Livestock and Poultry Program, Agricultural Marketing Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture; Room 3932–S, STOP 0258, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20250–0258; telephone (202) 720– 4411; or email to Jeffrey.Waite@ ams.usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Act directs and authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture to facilitate the competitive and efficient marketing of agricultural products and provides that rulemaking be undertaken as necessary to effectuate its purpose. Under the authority of the Act, AMS programs support a strategic marketing perspective that adapts product and marketing decisions to amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with PROPOSALS1 SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:49 Oct 05, 2018 Jkt 247001 consumer demands, changing domestic and international marketing practices, and new technology. To assist in marketing, AMS developed the QSVP, a suite of audit-based programs that can provide confidence that process points meet specified requirements. This action informs the public of the withdrawal of the proposed rule published in the Federal Register (81 FR 78057) on November 7, 2016. The proposed rule would have amended 7 CFR part 62, QSVP to expand the commodities under QSVP to include those authorized under the Act; would have amended the title of the regulation to remove the reference to ‘‘Livestock, Meat, and Other Commodities’’; would have defined the types of programs and services offered under QSVP; and would have updated administrative items to reflect current terminology and organizational structure. Additionally, the proposed rule would have amended 7 CFR parts 56 and 70, which provide for services to the shell egg and poultry industries, respectively, to remove any references to audit and verification activities and update administrative items to reflect current organizational structure. The proposed rule provided a 60-day public comment period during which no comments were received. Upon further review, AMS decided to clarify that all voluntary, user-fee services under 7 CFR part 62 are applicable to all commodities covered by the Act. AMS also plans to harmonize administrative procedures governing these services. A new proposed rule to amend 7 CFR part 62 to that effect is forthcoming from the agency. Therefore, for the reasons set forth above, AMS announces that it is withdrawing the proposed rule published in the Federal Register (81 FR 78057) on November 7, 2016. Dated: October 3, 2018. Bruce Summers, Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. 2018–21843 Filed 10–5–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Marketing Service 7 CFR Part 985 [Doc. No. AMS–SC–17–0073; SC18–985–1A PR] Marketing Order Regulating the Handling of Spearmint Oil Produced in the Far West; Revision of the Salable Quantity and Allotment Percentage for Class 3 (Native) Spearmint Oil for the 2018–2019 Marketing Year Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. ACTION: Proposed rule. AGENCY: This proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the Far West Spearmint Oil Administrative Committee (Committee) to increase the quantity of Class 3 (Native) spearmint oil that handlers may purchase from, or handle on behalf of, producers during the 2018–2019 marketing year. The Committee recommended this action to avoid extreme fluctuations in supplies and prices and to help maintain stability in the Far West spearmint oil market. DATES: Comments must be received by December 10, 2018. ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments concerning this proposed rule. Comments must be sent to the Docket Clerk, Marketing Order and Agreement Division, Specialty Crops Program, AMS, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, STOP 0237, Washington, DC 20250–0237; Fax: (202) 720–8938; or internet: http://www.regulations.gov. All comments should reference the document number and the date and page number of this issue of the Federal Register and will be made available for public inspection in the Office of the Docket Clerk during regular business hours, or can be viewed at: http:// www.regulations.gov. All comments submitted in response to this rule will be included in the record and will be made available to the public. Please be advised that the identity of the individuals or entities submitting the comments will be made public on the internet at the address provided above. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Barry Broadbent, Senior Marketing Specialist, or Gary D. Olson, Regional Director, Northwest Marketing Field SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\09OCP1.SGM 09OCP1

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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. 83, No. 195 / Tuesday, October 9, 2018 / 
Proposed Rules

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Agricultural Marketing Service

7 CFR Parts 56, 62, and 70

[Docket No. AMS-LPS-15-0057]


Amendments to Quality Systems Verification Programs and 
Conforming Changes; Withdrawal

AGENCY: Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of withdrawal.

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SUMMARY: This action informs the public that the Agricultural Marketing 
Service (AMS) is withdrawing a proposed rule published in the Federal 
Register on November 7, 2016, that proposed to amend Quality Systems 
Verification Program (QSVP) regulations. Upon further review, the 
agency has decided to clarify that all voluntary, user-fee services 
under this part are applicable to all commodities covered by the 
Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 (Act), as amended. Accordingly, a 
proposed rule covering all audit-based services is forthcoming from the 
agency.

DATES: The proposed rule published November 7, 2016, at 81 FR 78057, is 
withdrawn as of October 9, 2018.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jeffrey Waite, Branch Chief, Auditing 
Services Branch, Quality Assessment Division; Livestock and Poultry 
Program, Agricultural Marketing Service, U.S. Department of 
Agriculture; Room 3932-S, STOP 0258, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, 
Washington, DC 20250-0258; telephone (202) 720-4411; or email to 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Act directs and authorizes the Secretary 
of Agriculture to facilitate the competitive and efficient marketing of 
agricultural products and provides that rulemaking be undertaken as 
necessary to effectuate its purpose. Under the authority of the Act, 
AMS programs support a strategic marketing perspective that adapts 
product and marketing decisions to consumer demands, changing domestic 
and international marketing practices, and new technology. To assist in 
marketing, AMS developed the QSVP, a suite of audit-based programs that 
can provide confidence that process points meet specified requirements.
    This action informs the public of the withdrawal of the proposed 
rule published in the Federal Register (81 FR 78057) on November 7, 
2016. The proposed rule would have amended 7 CFR part 62, QSVP to 
expand the commodities under QSVP to include those authorized under the 
Act; would have amended the title of the regulation to remove the 
reference to ``Livestock, Meat, and Other Commodities''; would have 
defined the types of programs and services offered under QSVP; and 
would have updated administrative items to reflect current terminology 
and organizational structure. Additionally, the proposed rule would 
have amended 7 CFR parts 56 and 70, which provide for services to the 
shell egg and poultry industries, respectively, to remove any 
references to audit and verification activities and update 
administrative items to reflect current organizational structure. The 
proposed rule provided a 60-day public comment period during which no 
comments were received.
    Upon further review, AMS decided to clarify that all voluntary, 
user-fee services under 7 CFR part 62 are applicable to all commodities 
covered by the Act. AMS also plans to harmonize administrative 
procedures governing these services. A new proposed rule to amend 7 CFR 
part 62 to that effect is forthcoming from the agency. Therefore, for 
the reasons set forth above, AMS announces that it is withdrawing the 
proposed rule published in the Federal Register (81 FR 78057) on 
November 7, 2016.

    Dated: October 3, 2018.
Bruce Summers,
Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service.
[FR Doc. 2018-21843 Filed 10-5-18; 8:45 am]
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