Revision of Three U.S. Grade Standards for Carrots, 37820-37822 [2020-12828]

Download as PDF 37820 Notices Federal Register Vol. 85, No. 122 Wednesday, June 24, 2020 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 [Document Number AMS–SC–19–0036, SC– 19–330] Revision of Three U.S. Grade Standards for Carrots Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) of the Department of Agriculture (USDA) is revising the U.S. Standards for Grades of Topped Carrots, U.S. Standards for Grades of Bunched Carrots, and U.S. Standards for Grades of Carrots with Short Trimmed Tops. AMS is adding more U.S. No. 1 grades to accommodate carrots of colors other than orange, orange red, and orange scarlet. The current U.S. No. 1 grades will remain unchanged. In addition, AMS is removing the Unclassified section and renumbering sections due to the additional grades. DATES: July 24, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David G. Horner, USDA, Specialty Crops Inspection Division, 100 Riverside Parkway, Suite 101, Fredericksburg, VA 22406, by phone (540) 361–1128; fax (540) 361–1199; or, email Dave.Horner@usda.gov. Copies of the revised U.S. Standards for Grades of Topped Carrots, U.S. Standards for Grades of Bunched Carrots, and U.S. Standards for Grades of Carrots with Short Trimmed Tops are available at http://www.regulations.gov or on the AMS website at www.ams.usda.gov/ grades-standards/vegetables. 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 jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:20 Jun 23, 2020 Jkt 250001 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 and makes copies of official standards available upon request. The U.S. Standards for Grades of Fruits and Vegetables that are voluntary and no longer appear in the Code of Federal Regulations (60 FR 62172, December 4, 1995) are maintained by AMS at: http:// www.ams.usda.gov/grades-standards. AMS is revising these U.S. Standards for Grades using the procedures that appear in part 36 of Title 7 of the Code of Federal Regulations (7 CFR part 36). Background AMS continually reviews all fruit and vegetable grade standards to ensure their usefulness to the industry, modernize language, and remove duplicative terminology. On December 22, 2008, AMS published a notice in the Federal Register (73 FR 78286) regarding revising the three U.S. grade standards for carrots to accommodate colors other than orange, orange red, and orange scarlet. The notice proposed revising the color section to allow carrots of any color characteristic of the variety to be graded using the standards. Also, the similar varietal characteristic requirement would have been amended to allow mixed colors and/or types when designated as a mixed or specialty pack. The industry as a whole opposed these revisions on the basis that nonorange carrots include heirloom carrots that may not have been bred for uniformity and may not have the same type of characteristics of orange carrots. After gathering more feedback from the industry, AMS developed additional grades to accommodate other colors. For the Topped Carrots, the two new grades are U.S. No. 1 Color and U.S. No. 1 Jumbo Color. For the Bunched and Short Trimmed Carrots, the new grade is U.S. No. 1 Color. The current grades remain unchanged. The new grades are identical to the current grades except for the color requirement (the following tables summarize the revisions). AMS spoke with several major U.S. carrot growers by telephone and emailed them a discussion paper on the proposed revisions. One major U.S. carrot grower stated that they were in favor of establishing a U.S. grade for PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 colored carrots. No one opposed the changes. On January 28, 2020, AMS published a notice in the Federal Register (85 FR 4913) proposing to revise the three U.S. carrot standards by adding more U.S. No. 1 grades to accommodate carrots of colors other than orange, orange red, and orange scarlet. In addition, AMS proposed to remove the Unclassified section and renumber sections due to the additional grades. The public submission period closed March 30, 2020, with 10 comments submitted. All of the comments were submitted by the general public. Six comments supported the proposed revisions; three were beyond the scope of the notice; and one individual did not support the proposed changes due to not understanding AMS’ intentions. The following addresses those misunderstandings. • The individual stated, ‘‘The USDA already knows what constitutes a good quality carrot.’’ From additional remarks, the individual did not understand that AMS is part of the USDA. It is the USDA that proposed these revisions. • The individual stated, ‘‘There are standards for carrots that are not orange, orange red, or orange scarlet.’’ There were no U.S. grade standards for carrots unless they were orange, orange red, or orange scarlet. For example, a maroon colored carrot could not be certified to a U.S. grade. • The individual stated, ‘‘There are already provisions in place for color defects in carrots . . . Adding mixed colors to the standard could jeopardize the entire quality check system.’’ This comment implies that the commenter believes ‘‘mixed colors’’ refers to an individual carrot of more than one color. ‘‘Mixed colors’’ refers to packing carrots of different solid colors in the same package. Individual carrots are not more than one color. The industry already markets mixed color packs; however, the package could not be assigned a U.S. grade. In addition to including the new U.S. No. 1 grades, AMS is removing the Unclassified section from the carrot standards. AMS is removing this section in all standards as they are revised because it is no longer considered necessary. The category was never a grade and only showed that no grade was applied to the lot. E:\FR\FM\24JNN1.SGM 24JNN1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 122 / Wednesday, June 24, 2020 / Notices Finally, some sections are renumbered due to the additional 37821 grades. The following tables summarize the revisions. Previous Revised Summary U.S. Topped Carrot Standards § 51.2360 U.S. Extra No. 1 ................................ § 51.2361 U.S. No. 1 .......................................... § 51.2362 U.S. No. 1 Jumbo .............................. § 51.2363 U.S. No. 2 .......................................... § 51.2364 Unclassified ....................................... ‘‘Unclassified’’’ consists of carrots which have not been classified in accordance with any of the foregoing grades. The term ‘‘unclassified’’ is not a grade within the meaning of these standards, but is provided as a designation to show that no grade has been applied to the lot. § 51.2365 Tolerances . . . (a) Defects . . . (2) U.S. No. 1 and U.S. No. 1 Jumbo grades. Ten percent for carrots in any lot which fail to meet the requirements of the grade: Provided, That not more than one-half of this amount, or 5 percent, shall be allowed for defects causing serious damage, including therein not more than 2 percent for carrots affected by soft rot. § 51.2360 U.S. Extra No. 1 .............................. § 51.2361 U.S. No. 1. § 51.2362 U.S. No. 1 Jumbo. § 51.2363 U.S. No. 1 Color and U.S. No. 1 Jumbo Color. ‘‘U.S. No. 1 Color’’ or ‘‘U.S. No. 1 Jumbo Color’’ consists of carrots which meet the requirements of the U.S. No. 1 or U.S. No. 1 Jumbo grades except for fairly well colored. All roots must show good characteristic color, which means the root has a uniform characteristic color for the variety over practically the entire surface. Roots may be comingled with varieties of different colors, provided roots are of the same type. (See § 51.2365.). § 51.2364 U.S. No. 2 ....................................... Removed .......................................................... § 51.2365 Tolerances . . . (a) Defects . . . (2) U.S. No. 1, U.S. No. 1 Jumbo, U.S. No. 1 Color, and U.S. No. 1 Jumbo Color grades. Ten percent for carrots in any lot which fail to meet the requirements of the grade: Provided, That not more than onehalf of this amount, or 5 percent, shall be allowed for defects causing serious damage, including therein not more than 2 percent for carrots affected by soft rot. All remain unchanged. U.S. No. 1 Color and U.S. No. 1 Jumbo Color grades are added to accommodate other colors. The U.S. No. 1 Color and U.S. No. 1 Jumbo Color grades are identical to the U.S. No. 1 and U.S. No. 1 Jumbo grades, except for the color requirement. The new grades ensure all grades are premium quality, provide greater flexibility, and bring the standards in line with current marketing trends. Remains the same except section number changes from 51.2363 to 51.2364. The U.S. No. 2 grade does not have any color requirements. AMS is removing this section in all standards as they are revised as it is no longer considered necessary. The category was never a grade and only showed that no grade was applied to the lot. The revised U.S. No. 1 Color and U.S. No. 1 Jumbo Color grades have the same tolerances as the other grades in this section, which all remain unchanged. U.S. Bunched Carrot Standards § 51.2455 U.S. No. 1 .......................................... jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES § 51.2456 U.S. Commercial ............................... § 51.2457 Unclassified ....................................... ‘‘Unclassified’’ consists of carrots which have not been classified in accordance with either of the foregoing grades. The term ‘‘unclassified’’ is not a grade within the meaning of these standards, but is provided as a designation to show that no grade has been applied to the lot. § 51.2455 U.S. No. 1 ....................................... § 51.2456 U.S. No. 1 Color .............................. ‘‘U.S. No. 1 Color’’ consists of carrots which meet the requirements of U.S. No. 1 except for fairly well colored. All roots must show good characteristic color, which means the root has a uniform characteristic color for the variety over practically the entire surface. Roots may be comingled with varieties of different colors, provided roots are of the same type. § 51.2457 U.S. Commercial ............................. Removed .......................................................... Remains unchanged. U.S. No. 1 Color grade is added to accommodate other colors. The U.S. No. 1 Color is identical to the U.S. No. 1 grade, except for the color requirement. The new grade ensures all grades are premium quality, provides greater flexibility, and brings the standards in line with current marketing trends. Remains the same except section number changes from 51.2456 to 51.2457. AMS is removing this section in all standards as they are revised as it is no longer considered necessary. The category was never a grade and only showed that no grade was applied to the lot. U.S. Short Trimmed Carrot Standards § 51.2485 U.S. No. 1 .......................................... VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:20 Jun 23, 2020 Jkt 250001 § 51.2485 U.S. No. 1 ....................................... PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Remains unchanged. E:\FR\FM\24JNN1.SGM 24JNN1 37822 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 122 / Wednesday, June 24, 2020 / Notices Previous Revised Summary ............................................................................. § 51.2486 U.S. No. 1 Color .............................. ‘‘U.S. No. 1 Color’’ consists of carrots which meet the requirements of U.S. No. 1 except for fairly well colored. All roots must show good characteristic color, which means the root has a uniform characteristic color for the variety over practically the entire surface. Roots may be comingled with varieties of different colors, provided roots are of the same type. § 51.2487 U.S. Commercial ............................. U.S. No. 1 Color grade is added to accommodate other colors. The U.S. No. 1 Color grade is identical to the U.S. No. 1 grade, except for the color requirement. The new grade ensures all grades are premium quality, provides greater flexibility, and brings the standards in line with current marketing trends. § 51.2486 U.S. Commercial ............................... § 51.2487 Unclassified ....................................... ‘‘Unclassified’’ consists of carrots which have not been classified in accordance with either of the foregoing grades. The term ‘‘unclassified’’ is not a grade within the meaning of these standards, but is provided as a designation to show that no grade has been applied to the lot. Bruce Summers, Administrator,Agricultural Marketing Service. BILLING CODE P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Marketing Service [Doc. No. AMS–CP–20–0059] Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: This notice announces the Agricultural Marketing Service’s (AMS) intention to request approval, from the Office of Management and Budget, for an extension of the currently approved information collection request WebBased Supply Chain Management (WBSCM) system. This information collection is necessary to support the procurement of agricultural commodities for domestic and international nutrition assistance programs. AMS issues invitations to purchase fresh and processed commodities for domestic and international nutrition assistance programs on a year-round basis. The extension of the information collection request is required to continue using the WBSCM system, which allows respondents to submit information entered and received electronically in WBSCM. Vendors will be able to access electronically. The information collection burden for respondents should not increase. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:20 Jun 23, 2020 Jkt 250001 Comments on this notice must be received by August 24, 2020 to be assured of consideration. ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments concerning this notice by using the electronic process available at www.regulations.gov or to Director, USDA/AMS–WBSCM Management Division, P.O. Box 419205, Kansas City, Missouri 64141–6205. All comments should reference the docket number, the date, and the page number of this issue of the Federal Register. All comments received will be posed without change, including personal information provided, at www.regulations.gov and will be included in the record and made available to the public. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Chad Burke, Director; WBSCM Management Division, chad.burke@ usda.gov (202) 720–4517. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Web-Based Supply Chain Management. OMB Number: 0581–0273. Expiration Date of Approval: August 31, 2020. Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved information collection. Abstract: AMS purchases commodities for various domestic and international nutrition assistance programs and provides support for commodity markets with surplus inventory. AMS issues invitations to purchase agricultural commodities for use in domestic and international nutrition assistance programs. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35), this information collection request is for the extension of the currently approved information DATES: [FR Doc. 2020–12828 Filed 6–23–20; 8:45 am] SUMMARY: Removed .......................................................... PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Remains the same except section number changes from 51.2486 to 51.2487. AMS is removing this section in all standards as they are revised as it is no longer considered necessary. The category was never a grade and only showed that no grade was applied to the lot. collection for the WBSCM system where respondents will submit information electronically via that system. Vendor information, annual certification information, and all commodity offer information will be existing data sources, gathering and maintaining the data needed, and completing and reviewing the collection of information per response. Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 15 minutes per response, including the time for reviewing instructions, searching WBSCM to see the date and time the system shows for receipt of bid, bid modification, or bid cancellation information. At bid opening date and time, the bid information is evaluated through the WBSCM system. Acceptances will be sent to the successful offerors electronically. Awarded contracts will be posted on the AMS website. Respondents: Businesses. Estimated Number of Respondents: 330. Estimated Total Annual Responses: 189,892. Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 575.43. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 48,375.76 hours. Comments are invited on: (1) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; E:\FR\FM\24JNN1.SGM 24JNN1

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Agricultural Marketing Service

[Document Number AMS-SC-19-0036, SC-19-330]


Revision of Three U.S. Grade Standards for Carrots

AGENCY: Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) of the Department of 
Agriculture (USDA) is revising the U.S. Standards for Grades of Topped 
Carrots, U.S. Standards for Grades of Bunched Carrots, and U.S. 
Standards for Grades of Carrots with Short Trimmed Tops. AMS is adding 
more U.S. No. 1 grades to accommodate carrots of colors other than 
orange, orange red, and orange scarlet. The current U.S. No. 1 grades 
will remain unchanged. In addition, AMS is removing the Unclassified 
section and renumbering sections due to the additional grades.

DATES: July 24, 2020.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David G. Horner, USDA, Specialty Crops 
Inspection Division, 100 Riverside Parkway, Suite 101, Fredericksburg, 
VA 22406, by phone (540) 361-1128; fax (540) 361-1199; or, email 
[email protected]. Copies of the revised U.S. Standards for Grades 
of Topped Carrots, U.S. Standards for Grades of Bunched Carrots, and 
U.S. Standards for Grades of Carrots with Short Trimmed Tops are 
available at http://www.regulations.gov or on the AMS website at 
www.ams.usda.gov/grades-standards/vegetables.

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 and makes copies 
of official standards available upon request. The U.S. Standards for 
Grades of Fruits and Vegetables that are voluntary and no longer appear 
in the Code of Federal Regulations (60 FR 62172, December 4, 1995) are 
maintained by AMS at: http://www.ams.usda.gov/grades-standards. AMS is 
revising these U.S. Standards for Grades using the procedures that 
appear in part 36 of Title 7 of the Code of Federal Regulations (7 CFR 
part 36).

Background

    AMS continually reviews all fruit and vegetable grade standards to 
ensure their usefulness to the industry, modernize language, and remove 
duplicative terminology. On December 22, 2008, AMS published a notice 
in the Federal Register (73 FR 78286) regarding revising the three U.S. 
grade standards for carrots to accommodate colors other than orange, 
orange red, and orange scarlet. The notice proposed revising the color 
section to allow carrots of any color characteristic of the variety to 
be graded using the standards. Also, the similar varietal 
characteristic requirement would have been amended to allow mixed 
colors and/or types when designated as a mixed or specialty pack. The 
industry as a whole opposed these revisions on the basis that non-
orange carrots include heirloom carrots that may not have been bred for 
uniformity and may not have the same type of characteristics of orange 
carrots.
    After gathering more feedback from the industry, AMS developed 
additional grades to accommodate other colors. For the Topped Carrots, 
the two new grades are U.S. No. 1 Color and U.S. No. 1 Jumbo Color. For 
the Bunched and Short Trimmed Carrots, the new grade is U.S. No. 1 
Color. The current grades remain unchanged. The new grades are 
identical to the current grades except for the color requirement (the 
following tables summarize the revisions).
    AMS spoke with several major U.S. carrot growers by telephone and 
emailed them a discussion paper on the proposed revisions. One major 
U.S. carrot grower stated that they were in favor of establishing a 
U.S. grade for colored carrots. No one opposed the changes.
    On January 28, 2020, AMS published a notice in the Federal Register 
(85 FR 4913) proposing to revise the three U.S. carrot standards by 
adding more U.S. No. 1 grades to accommodate carrots of colors other 
than orange, orange red, and orange scarlet. In addition, AMS proposed 
to remove the Unclassified section and renumber sections due to the 
additional grades. The public submission period closed March 30, 2020, 
with 10 comments submitted.
    All of the comments were submitted by the general public. Six 
comments supported the proposed revisions; three were beyond the scope 
of the notice; and one individual did not support the proposed changes 
due to not understanding AMS' intentions. The following addresses those 
misunderstandings.
     The individual stated, ``The USDA already knows what 
constitutes a good quality carrot.'' From additional remarks, the 
individual did not understand that AMS is part of the USDA. It is the 
USDA that proposed these revisions.
     The individual stated, ``There are standards for carrots 
that are not orange, orange red, or orange scarlet.'' There were no 
U.S. grade standards for carrots unless they were orange, orange red, 
or orange scarlet. For example, a maroon colored carrot could not be 
certified to a U.S. grade.
     The individual stated, ``There are already provisions in 
place for color defects in carrots . . . Adding mixed colors to the 
standard could jeopardize the entire quality check system.'' This 
comment implies that the commenter believes ``mixed colors'' refers to 
an individual carrot of more than one color. ``Mixed colors'' refers to 
packing carrots of different solid colors in the same package. 
Individual carrots are not more than one color. The industry already 
markets mixed color packs; however, the package could not be assigned a 
U.S. grade.
    In addition to including the new U.S. No. 1 grades, AMS is removing 
the Unclassified section from the carrot standards. AMS is removing 
this section in all standards as they are revised because it is no 
longer considered necessary. The category was never a grade and only 
showed that no grade was applied to the lot.

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    Finally, some sections are renumbered due to the additional grades. 
The following tables summarize the revisions.

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          Previous                   Revised               Summary
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                      U.S. Topped Carrot Standards
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Sec.   51.2360 U.S. Extra     Sec.   51.2360 U.S.   All remain
 No. 1.                        Extra No. 1.          unchanged.
Sec.   51.2361 U.S. No. 1...  Sec.   51.2361 U.S.
                               No. 1.
Sec.   51.2362 U.S. No. 1     Sec.   51.2362 U.S.
 Jumbo.                        No. 1 Jumbo.
                              Sec.   51.2363 U.S.   U.S. No. 1 Color and
                               No. 1 Color and       U.S. No. 1 Jumbo
                               U.S. No. 1 Jumbo      Color grades are
                               Color.                added to
                              ``U.S. No. 1 Color''   accommodate other
                               or ``U.S. No. 1       colors. The U.S.
                               Jumbo Color''         No. 1 Color and
                               consists of carrots   U.S. No. 1 Jumbo
                               which meet the        Color grades are
                               requirements of the   identical to the
                               U.S. No. 1 or U.S.    U.S. No. 1 and U.S.
                               No. 1 Jumbo grades    No. 1 Jumbo grades,
                               except for fairly     except for the
                               well colored. All     color requirement.
                               roots must show       The new grades
                               good characteristic   ensure all grades
                               color, which means    are premium
                               the root has a        quality, provide
                               uniform               greater
                               characteristic        flexibility, and
                               color for the         bring the standards
                               variety over          in line with
                               practically the       current marketing
                               entire surface.       trends.
                               Roots may be
                               comingled with
                               varieties of
                               different colors,
                               provided roots are
                               of the same type.
                               (See Sec.
                               51.2365.).
Sec.   51.2363 U.S. No. 2...  Sec.   51.2364 U.S.   Remains the same
                               No. 2.                except section
                                                     number changes from
                                                     51.2363 to 51.2364.
                                                     The U.S. No. 2
                                                     grade does not have
                                                     any color
                                                     requirements.
Sec.   51.2364 Unclassified.  Removed.............  AMS is removing this
``Unclassified''' consists                           section in all
 of carrots which have not                           standards as they
 been classified in                                  are revised as it
 accordance with any of the                          is no longer
 foregoing grades. The term                          considered
 ``unclassified'' is not a                           necessary. The
 grade within the meaning of                         category was never
 these standards, but is                             a grade and only
 provided as a designation                           showed that no
 to show that no grade has                           grade was applied
 been applied to the lot.                            to the lot.
Sec.   51.2365 Tolerances .   Sec.   51.2365        The revised U.S. No.
 . . (a) Defects . . . (2)     Tolerances . . .      1 Color and U.S.
 U.S. No. 1 and U.S. No. 1     (a) Defects . . .     No. 1 Jumbo Color
 Jumbo grades. Ten percent     (2) U.S. No. 1,       grades have the
 for carrots in any lot        U.S. No. 1 Jumbo,     same tolerances as
 which fail to meet the        U.S. No. 1 Color,     the other grades in
 requirements of the grade:    and U.S. No. 1        this section, which
 Provided, That not more       Jumbo Color grades.   all remain
 than one-half of this         Ten percent for       unchanged.
 amount, or 5 percent, shall   carrots in any lot
 be allowed for defects        which fail to meet
 causing serious damage,       the requirements of
 including therein not more    the grade:
 than 2 percent for carrots    Provided, That not
 affected by soft rot.         more than one-half
                               of this amount, or
                               5 percent, shall be
                               allowed for defects
                               causing serious
                               damage, including
                               therein not more
                               than 2 percent for
                               carrots affected by
                               soft rot.
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                      U.S. Bunched Carrot Standards
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Sec.   51.2455 U.S. No. 1...  Sec.   51.2455 U.S.   Remains unchanged.
                               No. 1.
                              Sec.   51.2456 U.S.   U.S. No. 1 Color
                               No. 1 Color.          grade is added to
                              ``U.S. No. 1 Color''   accommodate other
                               consists of carrots   colors. The U.S.
                               which meet the        No. 1 Color is
                               requirements of       identical to the
                               U.S. No. 1 except     U.S. No. 1 grade,
                               for fairly well       except for the
                               colored. All roots    color requirement.
                               must show good        The new grade
                               characteristic        ensures all grades
                               color, which means    are premium
                               the root has a        quality, provides
                               uniform               greater
                               characteristic        flexibility, and
                               color for the         brings the
                               variety over          standards in line
                               practically the       with current
                               entire surface.       marketing trends.
                               Roots may be
                               comingled with
                               varieties of
                               different colors,
                               provided roots are
                               of the same type.
Sec.   51.2456 U.S.           Sec.   51.2457 U.S.   Remains the same
 Commercial.                   Commercial.           except section
                                                     number changes from
                                                     51.2456 to 51.2457.
Sec.   51.2457 Unclassified.  Removed.............  AMS is removing this
``Unclassified'' consists of                         section in all
 carrots which have not been                         standards as they
 classified in accordance                            are revised as it
 with either of the                                  is no longer
 foregoing grades. The term                          considered
 ``unclassified'' is not a                           necessary. The
 grade within the meaning of                         category was never
 these standards, but is                             a grade and only
 provided as a designation                           showed that no
 to show that no grade has                           grade was applied
 been applied to the lot.                            to the lot.
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                   U.S. Short Trimmed Carrot Standards
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Sec.   51.2485 U.S. No. 1...  Sec.   51.2485 U.S.   Remains unchanged.
                               No. 1.

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                              Sec.   51.2486 U.S.   U.S. No. 1 Color
                               No. 1 Color.          grade is added to
                              ``U.S. No. 1 Color''   accommodate other
                               consists of carrots   colors. The U.S.
                               which meet the        No. 1 Color grade
                               requirements of       is identical to the
                               U.S. No. 1 except     U.S. No. 1 grade,
                               for fairly well       except for the
                               colored. All roots    color requirement.
                               must show good        The new grade
                               characteristic        ensures all grades
                               color, which means    are premium
                               the root has a        quality, provides
                               uniform               greater
                               characteristic        flexibility, and
                               color for the         brings the
                               variety over          standards in line
                               practically the       with current
                               entire surface.       marketing trends.
                               Roots may be
                               comingled with
                               varieties of
                               different colors,
                               provided roots are
                               of the same type.
Sec.   51.2486 U.S.           Sec.   51.2487 U.S.   Remains the same
 Commercial.                   Commercial.           except section
                                                     number changes from
                                                     51.2486 to 51.2487.
Sec.   51.2487 Unclassified.  Removed.............  AMS is removing this
``Unclassified'' consists of                         section in all
 carrots which have not been                         standards as they
 classified in accordance                            are revised as it
 with either of the                                  is no longer
 foregoing grades. The term                          considered
 ``unclassified'' is not a                           necessary. The
 grade within the meaning of                         category was never
 these standards, but is                             a grade and only
 provided as a designation                           showed that no
 to show that no grade has                           grade was applied
 been applied to the lot.                            to the lot.
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Bruce Summers,
Administrator,Agricultural Marketing Service.
[FR Doc. 2020-12828 Filed 6-23-20; 8:45 am]
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