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Imported Peanut Standards Revised

Monday, August 01, 2016
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service has issued a final rule that, effective Aug. 31, will revise the minimum quality, positive lot identification, and reporting and recordkeeping requirements for domestic and imported peanuts marketed in the United States. The rule includes the following provisions.

- clarifies that peanuts covered under the standards are raw peanuts and intended for further processing by manufacturers prior to human consumption

- revises the minimum quality requirements under both the incoming and outgoing standards by eliminating the 10.49 percent limit on the amount of foreign material that incoming farmers stock peanuts may contain, which will allow individual handlers to determine the amount of foreign material they would be willing to accept

- relaxes the allowance for damage and defects to 3.5 percent for all unshelled peanuts, kernels and cleaned-in-shell peanuts

- defines the necessary requirements for an industry-based traceability system and provides allowances for systems meeting these requirements to be used in place of positive lot identification prior to inspection and certification

- continues the PLI requirements for all peanuts meeting the outgoing standards

- eliminates the requirement for importers and handlers to submit a monthly report documenting their monthly farmers stock acquisitions

- permits the USDA to inspect any peanuts meeting outgoing standards and any and all records pertaining to peanuts meeting outgoing quality regulations

- removes the requirement that peanuts testing at or above 301 parts per billion of aflatoxin can only be disposed of through crushing or export

- reflects that the “stamp and fax” entry process is being replaced by the International Trade Data System

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