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Information Collections on Citrus from Peru, Baby Bouncers, Energy Star Labeling

Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

Citrus from Peru. The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is requesting no later than Dec. 22 comments on the revision and extension of an information collection associated with the importation of citrus (grapefruit, limes, mandarins or tangerines, sweet oranges, and tangelos) from Peru, which is subject to certain conditions before entering the continental United States. USDA regulations require the use of information collection activities, including inspections by national plant protection organization officials from Peru, grower registration and agreement, fruit fly trapping, monitoring, recordkeeping, and a phytosanitary certificate.

Baby Bouncers and Walker-Jumpers. The Consumer Product Safety Commission is accepting through Dec. 28 comments on the proposed extension of an information collection relating to children’s articles known as baby bouncers and walker-jumpers. These items are banned if they are designed in such a way that exposed parts present hazards such as amputation, crushing, laceration, fracture, hematoma, bruise or other injury to fingers, toes or other parts of the anatomy of young children. An exemption from the ban is provided if the products are designed to guard against or prevent those injuries. CPSC regulations require manufacturers, including importers, to meet the collection of information requirements for labeling and recordkeeping requirements.

Energy Star Labeling. The Environmental Protection Agency is accepting through Dec. 28 comments on the proposed revision of an information collection concerning Energy Star product labeling.

Energy Star program participants submit signed partnership agreements indicating that they will adhere to logo-use guidelines and program requirements. Retail partners commit to selling, marketing and promoting certified products. Product brand owner partners, who are usually the manufacturer of the products, commit to having participating products certified to meet specified energy performance criteria based on a standard test method and the EPA’s third-party certification requirements. These requirements for product certification also include provisions for verifying the performance of certified products through verification testing.

Product information is recorded by certification bodies and shared with the EPA using XML-based web services that validate and save the information in the EPA’s database. As a result, certified model data is automatically updated daily on the Energy Star website.

Certification bodies must report to the EPA products that were reviewed but not eligible for certification. They must also conduct post-market verification testing of a sampling of Energy Star-certified products, share with the EPA information on products subjected to this post-market testing twice a year, and immediately report any certified products that no longer meet program requirements.

Manufacturers are asked to submit annual shipment data for their Energy Star-qualifying products. The EPA is flexible as to the methods by which this is done; e.g., many manufacturers are given the option of arranging for shipment data to be sent via a third party to ensure confidentiality.

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