Pistachios Grown in California; Establishment of Additional Inspection Requirements
This rule establishes additional inspection requirements authorized under the California pistachio marketing order (order). The order regulates the handling of pistachios grown in California and is administered locally by the Administrative Committee for Pistachios (committee). This rule modifies sampling procedures for dark-stained pistachios which are intended to be dyed or color-coated. It also establishes reinspection requirements for lots of pistachios which are materially changed after meeting initial aflatoxin and quality requirements. This action is expected to assure the quality of pistachios, improve the marketability of pistachios, and provide handlers more marketing flexibility. The benefits of this action are expected to offset the increased inspection costs.
National Organic Program (NOP); Amendment to the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (Livestock)
This final rule amends the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) to reflect one recommendation submitted to the Secretary by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) on March 3, 2005. Consistent with the recommendation from the NOSB, this final rule revises the annotation of one substance on the National List, methionine, to extend its use in organic poultry production until October 21, 2008.
Hass Avocado Promotion, Research, and Information Order; Definition of “Substantial Activity”
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) invites comments from producers, importers, first handlers and other interested persons on a possible change to the definition of ``substantial activity'' under the Hass Avocado Promotion, Research, and Information Order (Order). The definition relates to the eligibility of importers to serve on the Hass Avocado Board (Board).