Agricultural Marketing Service January 24, 2005 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Notice of Request for New Information Collection
Document Number: 05-1181
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-01-24
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35), this notice announces the intention of the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) to request a new information collection in support of the Regulations Governing Inspection and Certification of Processed Fruits and Vegetables and Related Products.
National Organic Program (NOP); Nominations for Task Force Members
Document Number: 05-1180
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-01-24
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) at its October 12- 14, 2004, meeting recommended the formation of two ad hoc task force groups to develop draft organic standards. One task force will develop proposed production, handling, and labeling standards for food and animal feed products derived from aquatic animals. The second task force will develop proposed organic labeling standards for pet food. This notice calls for nominations for members to these two task force groups.
Domestic Dates Produced or Packed in Riverside County, CA; Modification of the Qualification Requirements for Approved Manufacturers of Date Products
Document Number: 05-1179
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-01-24
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This rule invites comments on modifications to the requirements to be an approved manufacturer of date products under the Federal date marketing order (order). The order regulates the handling of domestic dates produced or packed in Riverside County, California, and is administered locally by the California Date Administrative Committee (committee). The committee's approved product manufacturer program helps assure that higher quality whole and pitted dates are shipped within the USA and to Canada. This rule would clarify the application procedures and qualifications for a manufacturer to continue to be listed as an approved manufacturer of date products. This proposal would also require an applicant who is also a date handler under the order to be in compliance with the order. These modifications would help safeguard the integrity of the approved date product manufacturer program under the order and the quality of whole and pitted dates that are shipped within the USA and Canada.
Irish Potatoes Grown in Certain Designated Counties in Idaho, and Malheur County, OR; Relaxation of Handling Regulations
Document Number: 05-1178
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-01-24
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
This proposed rule would relax the minimum size requirement for U.S. No. 2 grade round potatoes handled under the marketing order for Idaho-Eastern Oregon potatoes. The current size requirement for U.S. No. 2 grade round varieties, other than red, is 2 inches minimum diameter or 4 ounces minimum weight provided that at least 40 percent of the potatoes in each lot shall be 5 ounces or heavier. This rule would establish a minimum size requirement of 1\7/8\ inches minimum diameter, as is currently in effect for round red varieties, for all U.S. No. 2 grade round potatoes. This relaxation was unanimously recommended by the Idaho-Eastern Oregon Potato Committee (Committee), the agency responsible for local administration of the marketing order program in the designated production area. This proposed change is intended to improve the marketing of Idaho-Eastern Oregon potatoes and increase returns to producers.