Department of Agriculture June 16, 2017 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Availability of FSIS Compliance Guidelines for Small and Very Small Meat and Poultry Establishments Regarding Lethality and Stabilization in Meat and Poultry Products (Previously Referred to as Appendices A and B)
Document Number: 2017-12563
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-06-16
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is announcing the availability of and requesting comments on two updated compliance guidelines for small and very small businesses. The new guidelines will assist small and very small meat and poultry establishments understand and comply with the regulatory requirements associated with the destruction of Salmonella and other pathogens (lethality) in ready-to- eat (RTE) products and the control of pathogen growth in heat-treated RTE and not-ready-to-eat (NRTE) products during cooling and hot-holding (stabilization). FSIS is including the time-temperature tables and cooling options in these guidelines that were previously in Appendices A and B, originally made available in 1999, along with new recommendations establishments can use to achieve lethality and stabilization of these products.
Changes to the Inspection Coverage in Official Establishments That Slaughter Fish of the Order Siluriformes
Document Number: 2017-12556
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-06-16
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is extending until July 17, 2017, the comment period for its plan to adjust inspection coverage at official establishments that slaughter fish of the order Siluriformes, which include catfish, from all hours of operation to once per production shift.
Eligibility of the People's Republic of China (PRC) To Export to the United States Poultry Products From Birds Slaughtered in the PRC
Document Number: 2017-12554
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-06-16
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is proposing to amend the poultry products inspection regulations to list the PRC as eligible to export to the United States poultry products from birds slaughtered in the PRC. The PRC is currently eligible to export processed poultry products to the United States if the products are derived from poultry slaughtered in the United States or in other countries eligible to slaughter and export poultry to the United States. FSIS is proposing this action because the Agency has reviewed the PRC's laws, regulations, and poultry slaughter inspection system as implemented and has determined that the PRC's poultry slaughter inspection system is equivalent to the system that the United States has established under the Poultry Products Inspection Act (PPIA) and its implementing regulations. Should this rule become final, slaughtered poultry, or parts or other products thereof, processed in certified PRC establishments, would be eligible for export to the United States. Although the PRC may be listed in FSIS's regulations as eligible to export poultry products to the United States, the products must also comply with all other applicable requirements of the United States, including those of USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), before any products can enter the United States. All such products would be subject to re- inspection at United States ports-of-entry by FSIS inspectors.
Notice of Request for Revision to and Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Export Certification: Accreditation of Nongovernment Facilities
Document Number: 2017-12538
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-06-16
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's intention to request a revision to and extension of approval of an information collection associated with accrediting nongovernment facilities to perform services related to the export of plants or plant products.
Notice of Request for Revision to and Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Importation of Hass Avocados From Mexico
Document Number: 2017-12533
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-06-16
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's intention to request a revision to and extension of approval of an information collection associated with the regulations for the importation of Hass avocados from Mexico.
Notice of Request for Revision to and Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Importation of Cape Gooseberry From Colombia Into the United States
Document Number: 2017-12532
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-06-16
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's intention to request a revision to and extension of approval of an information collection associated with the regulations for the importation of cape gooseberry from Colombia into the United States.
Compliance Examination Procedures for Rural Business Investment Companies Under the Rural Business Investment Program
Document Number: 2017-12531
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-06-16
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Business-Cooperative Service
This Notice identifies the examination procedures that the Rural Business-Cooperative Service (the Agency) will use for non- leveraged Rural Business Investment Companies (RBICs) within the Rural Business Investment Program (RBIP).
Beef Promotion and Research; Reapportionment
Document Number: 2017-12528
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-06-16
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This final rule adjusts representation on the Cattlemen's Beef Promotion and Research Board (Board), established under the Beef Promotion and Research Act of 1985 (Act), to reflect changes in domestic cattle inventories and changes in levels of imported cattle, beef, and beef products that have occurred since the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) last reapportioned the Board in July 2014. These adjustments are required by the Beef Promotion and Research Order (Order) and will result in a decrease in Board membership from 100 to 99, effective with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) appointments for terms beginning early in the year 2018.
Request for Nominations of Members for the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board, Specialty Crop Committee, and National Genetics Advisory Council
Document Number: 2017-12505
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-06-16
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Office of the Secretary
In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App., the United States Department of Agriculture announces the solicitation for nominations to fill vacancies on the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board and its subcommittees. There are 9 vacancies on the NAREEE Advisory Board; 3 vacancies on the Specialty Crop Committee; 3 vacancies on the Citrus Disease Subcommittee; and 3 vacancies on the National Genetics Advisory Council.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-12491
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-06-16
Agency: Department of Agriculture
National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council
Document Number: 2017-12479
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-06-16
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council (Council) will meet in Flushing, New York. The Council is authorized by the Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act, and the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). Additional information concerning the Council, can be found by visiting the Council's Web site at: https:// www.fs.fed.us/ucf/nucfac.shtml.