United States Standards for Grades of Frozen Corn on the Cob, 66926 [2020-23220]

Download as PDF 66926 Notices Federal Register Vol. 85, No. 204 Wednesday, October 21, 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–19–0058, SC– 19–332] United States Standards for Grades of Frozen Corn on the Cob Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) of the Department of Agriculture (USDA) is soliciting comments on its proposal to revise the U.S. Standards for Grades of Frozen Corn on the Cob (July 27, 1970). AMS is proposing to replace the two-term grading system (dual nomenclature) with a single term to describe each quality level in the grade standards. Terms using the letter grade would be retained and the descriptive term would be eliminated. Editorial changes would also be made to the grade standards that conform to recent changes made in other grade standards, returning previously omitted headers and language, and adding language to bring the standards up to date with current industry practices. These changes would bring the grade standards in line with the present quality levels being marketed today and provide guidance in the effective use of these products. DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before December 21, 2020. ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments to the USDA, Specialty Crops Inspection Division, 100 Riverside Parkway, Suite 101, Fredericksburg, VA 22406; by fax to (202) 690–1527; or at www.regulations.gov. Comments should reference the dates and page number of this issue of the Federal Register. Comments will be posted without change, including any personal khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:58 Oct 20, 2020 Jkt 253001 information provided. All comments received within the comment period will become part of the public record maintained by the Agency and will be made available to the public via www.regulations.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Brian E. Griffin, at the address above, by phone to (202) 748–2155; fax to (202) 690–1527; or email to Brian.Griffin@ usda.gov. Copies of the proposed revised U.S. Standards for Grades of Frozen Corn on the Cob are available at www.regulations.gov. Copies of the current U.S. Standards for Grades of Frozen Corn on the Cob are available on the Specialty Crops Inspection Division website at www.ams.usda.gov/gradesstandards/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 no longer appear in the Code of Federal Regulations are maintained by AMS at: www.ams.usda.gov/grades-standards/ vegetables. AMS is proposing revisions to 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 periodically reviews the grade standards for usefulness in serving the industry. More recently developed grade standards use a single term, such as ‘‘U.S. Grade A’’ or ‘‘U.S. Grade B,’’ to describe each level of quality within a grade standard. Older grade standards used dual nomenclature, such as ‘‘U.S. Grade A or U.S. Fancy’’ and ‘‘U.S. Grade B or U.S. Extra Standard’’ to describe the same level of quality. The terms ‘‘U.S. Fancy,’’ and ‘‘U.S. Extra Standard’’ would be removed and the terms ‘‘U.S. Grade A,’’ U.S. Grade B,’’ and ‘‘Substandard (Sstd)’’ would be used exclusively. PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 AMS is also proposing editorial changes to these grade standards, i.e., updating section headings omitted in previous revisions, and the inclusion of language and allowances for mixed color varieties to align the standards with use of mixed color varieties by industry. The addition of language and allowances differentiating between conventional sweet and supersweet types incorporates language from USDA internal guidance documents A–412, September 1967 Frozen Whole Kernel Whole-Grain Corn Evaluation of Tenderness and Maturity, and A–493, October 1997, Interpretative Guide for Frozen Supersweet Whole Kernel Corn to Determine: Tenderness and Maturity; and Flavor. These internal USDA documents were created with the intention of incorporating them into the standards to reflect current industry practices. The proposed revisions to these grade standards would provide a common language for trade and better reflect the current marketing of frozen corn on the cob. A 60-day period is provided for interested persons to submit comments on the proposed grade standards. Copies of the proposed revised U.S. Standards for Grades of Frozen Corn on the Cob are available at www.regulations.gov. After the 60-day comment period, AMS will move forward in accordance with 7 CFR 36.3(a)(1–3). (Authority: 7 U.S.C. 1621–1627.) Bruce Summers, Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. 2020–23220 Filed 10–20–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P COMMISSION ON CIVIL RIGHTS Agenda and Notice of Public Meeting of the South Dakota Advisory Committee Commission on Civil Rights. Announcement of briefing. AGENCY: ACTION: Notice is hereby given, pursuant to the provisions of the rules and regulations of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (Commission), and the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), that a briefing of the South Dakota Advisory Committee to the Commission will convene by conference call and/or video conference on SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\21OCN1.SGM 21OCN1

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Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 204 / Wednesday, October 21, 2020 / 
Notices

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Agricultural Marketing Service

[Document Number AMS-SC-19-0058, SC-19-332]


United States Standards for Grades of Frozen Corn on the Cob

AGENCY: Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.

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SUMMARY: The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) of the Department of 
Agriculture (USDA) is soliciting comments on its proposal to revise the 
U.S. Standards for Grades of Frozen Corn on the Cob (July 27, 1970). 
AMS is proposing to replace the two-term grading system (dual 
nomenclature) with a single term to describe each quality level in the 
grade standards. Terms using the letter grade would be retained and the 
descriptive term would be eliminated. Editorial changes would also be 
made to the grade standards that conform to recent changes made in 
other grade standards, returning previously omitted headers and 
language, and adding language to bring the standards up to date with 
current industry practices. These changes would bring the grade 
standards in line with the present quality levels being marketed today 
and provide guidance in the effective use of these products.

DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before December 21, 2020.

ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments to 
the USDA, Specialty Crops Inspection Division, 100 Riverside Parkway, 
Suite 101, Fredericksburg, VA 22406; by fax to (202) 690-1527; or at 
www.regulations.gov. Comments should reference the dates and page 
number of this issue of the Federal Register. Comments will be posted 
without change, including any personal information provided. All 
comments received within the comment period will become part of the 
public record maintained by the Agency and will be made available to 
the public via www.regulations.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Brian E. Griffin, at the address 
above, by phone to (202) 748-2155; fax to (202) 690-1527; or email to 
[email protected]. Copies of the proposed revised U.S. Standards 
for Grades of Frozen Corn on the Cob are available at 
www.regulations.gov. Copies of the current U.S. Standards for Grades of 
Frozen Corn on the Cob are available on the Specialty Crops Inspection 
Division 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 no longer appear in the Code of 
Federal Regulations are maintained by AMS at: www.ams.usda.gov/grades-standards/vegetables. AMS is proposing revisions to 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 periodically reviews the grade standards for 
usefulness in serving the industry. More recently developed grade 
standards use a single term, such as ``U.S. Grade A'' or ``U.S. Grade 
B,'' to describe each level of quality within a grade standard. Older 
grade standards used dual nomenclature, such as ``U.S. Grade A or U.S. 
Fancy'' and ``U.S. Grade B or U.S. Extra Standard'' to describe the 
same level of quality. The terms ``U.S. Fancy,'' and ``U.S. Extra 
Standard'' would be removed and the terms ``U.S. Grade A,'' U.S. Grade 
B,'' and ``Substandard (Sstd)'' would be used exclusively.
    AMS is also proposing editorial changes to these grade standards, 
i.e., updating section headings omitted in previous revisions, and the 
inclusion of language and allowances for mixed color varieties to align 
the standards with use of mixed color varieties by industry. The 
addition of language and allowances differentiating between 
conventional sweet and supersweet types incorporates language from USDA 
internal guidance documents A-412, September 1967 Frozen Whole Kernel 
Whole-Grain Corn Evaluation of Tenderness and Maturity, and A-493, 
October 1997, Interpretative Guide for Frozen Supersweet Whole Kernel 
Corn to Determine: Tenderness and Maturity; and Flavor. These internal 
USDA documents were created with the intention of incorporating them 
into the standards to reflect current industry practices. The proposed 
revisions to these grade standards would provide a common language for 
trade and better reflect the current marketing of frozen corn on the 
cob.
    A 60-day period is provided for interested persons to submit 
comments on the proposed grade standards. Copies of the proposed 
revised U.S. Standards for Grades of Frozen Corn on the Cob are 
available at www.regulations.gov. After the 60-day comment period, AMS 
will move forward in accordance with 7 CFR 36.3(a)(1-3).

(Authority: 7 U.S.C. 1621-1627.)

Bruce Summers,
Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service.
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