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USDA Proposes to Merge Produce Inspection Information Collections

Monday, May 13, 2013
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service has announced the merger of its Fresh Products and Processed Products divisions into the Specialty Crops Inspection Division. This division provides a nationwide inspection, grading and auditing service for fresh and processed fruits, vegetables and other products to shippers, importers, processors, sellers, buyers and other financially interested parties on a user fee basis to facilitate trade in agricultural products on the international, interstate and intrastate levels.

Information is needed to carry out these services, which are made available only upon request or when specified by some special program or contract. Such information includes the name and location of the person or company requesting services, the type and location of the product to be inspected, the type of inspection being requested, and information that will identify the product or type and scope of audit requested.

This information is currently collected on information collections 0581-0125, Regulation Governing Inspection, Certification, Standards and Audit Services for Fresh Fruits, Vegetables and Other Products, and 0581-0234, Reporting Requirements under the Regulations Governing Inspections and Certification of Processed Fruits and Vegetables and Related Products. In light of the administrative merger, AMS is combining these into a new information collection retitled Regulations Governing Inspection and Certification of Fresh and Processed Fruits, Vegetables and Other Products.

Comments on this notice are due no later than May 31.

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