Jul 18, 2019
USDA standards removed from some melon crops, celery stalks

The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) on July 16 rolled out a final rule that removes seven voluntary U.S. grade standards and one consumer standard for fresh fruits and vegetables from the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).

AMS removed from 7 CFR Part 51 the U.S. standards for seven fruits and vegetables: apricots, cantaloupes, celery, honeydew/honey ball-type melons, nectarines, peaches and Persian (Tahiti) limes, according to a press release. AMS also removed the U.S. Consumer Standards for celery stalks.

None of the eight voluntary standards removed from the CFR are related to a current active marketing order, import regulation or export act, according to AMS. The final rule, published in the Federal Register on July 16, 2019, adopts a previously published interim rule without change.

According to the final rule, “No comments were received on the interim rule by the April 2, 2019 due date, so AMS is adopting the interim rule as a final rule, without change, for the reasons given in the interim rule.”

This action is being taken as part of USDA’s work to remove regulations that impose costs that exceed benefits. Removal of the standards from the CFR will eliminate the cost of printing them annually.

These voluntary standards and all subsequent revisions or new standards for these products will continue to be administered and cataloged by AMS and will be available for use by producers, handlers, marketers and buyers. Any proposed, new or revised voluntary standards will appear in the Federal Register with the opportunity for public comment.

Current Issue

Vertical greens growing trend gets its own USDA grant

Multiple factors shape 2021 vegetable crop

Auxin herbicide problems crop up for growers

New research seen on Reflex’s crop safety on vegetables

Government, industry eye E. coli in leafy greens

Farm Market column: Consider procs and cons of selling at farmers’ markets

National Council of Agricultural Employers column: It’s all about focus as homestretch of reform beckons

Notes from the Farm column: Stand-up tree planter works; keep a list for doctor

see all current issue »

75 Applewood Drive, Suite A
P.O. Box 128
Sparta, MI 49345


Get one year of Vegetable Growers News in both print and digital editions for only $15.50.

Interested in reading the print edition of Vegetable Growers News?

Subscribe Today »

Be sure to check out our sister sites:
website development by deyo designs