Background

The Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service is accepting comments by Oct. 4 on a proposal to change its regulations on imported onions.

Currently, from March 10 through June 4 of each marketing year imported onions (not including pearl and cipolline onions) must comply with grade, size, quality, and maturity requirements imposed under a federal marketing order for South Texas onions. However, AMS is now proposing to terminate that order due to a lack of producer support for it.

As a result, this proposed rule would eliminate the grade, size, quality, and maturity requirements for imported onions that are based on the order for South Texas onions from March 10 through June 4. However, requirements for imported onions under a separate marketing order for onions handled in Idaho and Oregon, which apply from June 5 through March 9 for onions other than pearl and cipolline onions and for the entire year for pearl and cipolline onions, would remain in effect.

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