Agricultural Marketing Service September 15, 2011 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Pistachios Grown in California, Arizona, and New Mexico; Proposed Amendment of Marketing Order No. 983 and Referendum Order
Document Number: 2011-23629
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-09-15
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule proposes four amendments to Marketing Agreement and Order No. 983 (order), which regulates the handling of pistachios grown in California, Arizona, and New Mexico, and provides growers with the opportunity to vote in a referendum to determine if they favor the changes. The amendments are based on proposals by the Administrative Committee for Pistachios (Committee), which is responsible for local administration of the order. The amendments would provide authority to establish aflatoxin and quality regulations for pistachios shipped to export markets, including authority to establish different regulations for different markets. These amendments are intended to provide authority to ensure uniform and consistent aflatoxin and quality regulations in the domestic and various export markets.