Termination of U.S. Consumer Standards, 20114 [2021-07819]

Download as PDF 20114 Notices Federal Register Vol. 86, No. 72 Friday, April 16, 2021 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 [Doc. No. AMS–SC–19–0103, SC–20–326] Termination of U.S. Consumer Standards AGENCY: Background Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. ACTION: Final notice. The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) of the Department of Agriculture (USDA) is terminating the following 10 U.S. Consumer Standards: The U.S. Consumer Standards for Italian Sprouting Broccoli, U.S. Consumer Standards for Fresh Carrots, U.S. Consumer Standards for Celery Stalks, U.S. Consumer Standards for Husked Corn on the Cob, U.S. Consumer Standards for Fresh Kale, U.S. Consumer Standards for Fresh Spinach Leaves, U.S. Consumer Standards for Brussels Sprouts, U.S. Consumer Standards for Fresh Parsnips, U.S. Consumer Standards for Fresh Turnips, and U.S. Consumer Standards for Beet Greens. This action is part of USDA’s work to eliminate regulations that are outdated, unnecessary, ineffective, or impose costs that exceed benefits. DATES: Applicable May 17, 2021. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David G. Horner, USDA, Specialty Crops Inspection Division, 100 Riverside Parkway, Suite 101, Fredericksburg, VA 22406; phone (540) 361–1120; fax (540) 361–1199; or, email Dave.Horner@usda.gov. 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 jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:57 Apr 15, 2021 Jkt 253001 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 http:// www.ams.usda.gov/grades-standards. AMS is terminating these 10 U.S. consumer standards using the procedures that appear in part 36 of Title 7 of the Code of Federal Regulations (7 CFR part 36). AMS continually reviews all fruit and vegetable grade standards to ensure their usefulness to the industry, modernize language, and remove duplicative terminology. AMS identified 10 U.S. consumer standards that are not related to a current active marketing order, import regulation, or export act and are obsolete. The consumer standards were originally developed for re-packers and were never fully adopted by industry, which instead uses U.S. grade standards, which are revised regularly to reflect current industry practices. In September 2019, AMS sent letters to the Food Marketing Institute, Grocery Manufacturers Association, Produce Manufacturers Association, and United Fresh Produce Association to ask if the U.S. Consumer Standards referenced above were still used by their members. The response was unanimous in that these standards were no longer in use. On October 28, 2020, AMS published a proposed notice to remove the referenced Consumer Standards in the Federal Register (85 FR 68285). Four comments were submitted. Three concurred with the proposal. One asked USDA to postpone the revision until after the new Administration takes office. AMS has determined these consumer standards cause confusion within the industry due to their conflicting and outmoded grades and terminology. They are ineffective, unnecessary, and have become a burden to the U.S. and global produce industries. The comment presented no compelling reason to postpone terminating these consumer standards. PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Therefore, AMS is terminating the following 10 U.S. consumer standards: U.S. Consumer Standards for Italian Sprouting Broccoli, U.S. Consumer Standards for Fresh Carrots, U.S. Consumer Standards for Celery Stalks, U.S. Consumer Standards for Husked Corn on the Cob, U.S. Consumer Standards for Fresh Kale, U.S. Consumer Standards for Fresh Spinach Leaves, U.S. Consumer Standards for Brussels Sprouts, U.S. Consumer Standards for Fresh Parsnips, U.S. Consumer Standards for Fresh Turnips, and U.S. Consumer Standards for Beet Greens. The elimination of these U.S. Consumer Standards will reduce obsolete information, lessen confusion in interpreting grade standards, and promote consistency within the industry. Authority: 7 U.S.C. 1621–1627. Bruce Summers, Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. 2021–07819 Filed 4–15–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE U.S. Codex Office Codex Alimentarius Commission: Meeting of the Codex Committee on Pesticide Residues AGENCY: U.S. Codex Office, USDA. Notice of public meeting and request for comments. ACTION: The U.S. Codex Office is sponsoring a public meeting on June 17, 2021. The objective of the public meeting is to provide information and receive public comments on agenda items and draft United States (U.S.) positions to be discussed at the 52nd Session of the Codex Committee on Pesticide Residues (CCPR) of the Codex Alimentarius Commission, which will convene virtually on July 26–31, 2021. The U.S. Manager for Codex Alimentarius and the Acting Deputy Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs recognize the importance of providing interested parties the opportunity to obtain background information on the 52nd Session of the CCPR and to address items on the agenda. 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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Agricultural Marketing Service

[Doc. No. AMS-SC-19-0103, SC-20-326]


Termination of U.S. Consumer Standards

AGENCY: Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA.

ACTION: Final notice.

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SUMMARY: The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) of the Department of 
Agriculture (USDA) is terminating the following 10 U.S. Consumer 
Standards: The U.S. Consumer Standards for Italian Sprouting Broccoli, 
U.S. Consumer Standards for Fresh Carrots, U.S. Consumer Standards for 
Celery Stalks, U.S. Consumer Standards for Husked Corn on the Cob, U.S. 
Consumer Standards for Fresh Kale, U.S. Consumer Standards for Fresh 
Spinach Leaves, U.S. Consumer Standards for Brussels Sprouts, U.S. 
Consumer Standards for Fresh Parsnips, U.S. Consumer Standards for 
Fresh Turnips, and U.S. Consumer Standards for Beet Greens. This action 
is part of USDA's work to eliminate regulations that are outdated, 
unnecessary, ineffective, or impose costs that exceed benefits.

DATES: Applicable May 17, 2021.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David G. Horner, USDA, Specialty Crops 
Inspection Division, 100 Riverside Parkway, Suite 101, Fredericksburg, 
VA 22406; phone (540) 361-1120; fax (540) 361-1199; or, email 
[email protected].

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 http://www.ams.usda.gov/grades-standards. AMS is terminating these 10 U.S. consumer standards 
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. AMS identified 10 U.S. consumer standards that 
are not related to a current active marketing order, import regulation, 
or export act and are obsolete. The consumer standards were originally 
developed for re-packers and were never fully adopted by industry, 
which instead uses U.S. grade standards, which are revised regularly to 
reflect current industry practices. In September 2019, AMS sent letters 
to the Food Marketing Institute, Grocery Manufacturers Association, 
Produce Manufacturers Association, and United Fresh Produce Association 
to ask if the U.S. Consumer Standards referenced above were still used 
by their members. The response was unanimous in that these standards 
were no longer in use.
    On October 28, 2020, AMS published a proposed notice to remove the 
referenced Consumer Standards in the Federal Register (85 FR 68285). 
Four comments were submitted. Three concurred with the proposal. One 
asked USDA to postpone the revision until after the new Administration 
takes office.
    AMS has determined these consumer standards cause confusion within 
the industry due to their conflicting and outmoded grades and 
terminology. They are ineffective, unnecessary, and have become a 
burden to the U.S. and global produce industries. The comment presented 
no compelling reason to postpone terminating these consumer standards.
    Therefore, AMS is terminating the following 10 U.S. consumer 
standards: U.S. Consumer Standards for Italian Sprouting Broccoli, U.S. 
Consumer Standards for Fresh Carrots, U.S. Consumer Standards for 
Celery Stalks, U.S. Consumer Standards for Husked Corn on the Cob, U.S. 
Consumer Standards for Fresh Kale, U.S. Consumer Standards for Fresh 
Spinach Leaves, U.S. Consumer Standards for Brussels Sprouts, U.S. 
Consumer Standards for Fresh Parsnips, U.S. Consumer Standards for 
Fresh Turnips, and U.S. Consumer Standards for Beet Greens. The 
elimination of these U.S. Consumer Standards will reduce obsolete 
information, lessen confusion in interpreting grade standards, and 
promote consistency within the industry.

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

Bruce Summers,
Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service.
[FR Doc. 2021-07819 Filed 4-15-21; 8:45 am]
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