USDA Allows Donation of Lower Quality Grapes to Charity
The Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service has issued a final rule that, effective May 26, will allow importers and handlers to ship grapes that do not meet the minimum grade and size quality requirements to be donated to charitable organizations. Any such grapes may not be used for resale.
Under this rule, domestic handlers donating domestically produced grapes to a charitable organization must ensure that a new food donation form (CDGAC Form No. 8) is completed, signed and submitted within two days of receipt by the intended charity to ensure that the grapes are donated and not used for resale. Importers already complete the importer’s exempt commodity form (FV-6), which provides for certain authorized imported commodities to be diverted to alternative channels such as processing, animal feed and charities, and this rule does not change the format of this form or affect the associated burden. Importers are not required to complete the CDGAC Form No. 8.