• February 12, 2019
  • WTO

Removal of U.S. Grade Standards for fresh fruits and vegetables

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Removal of U.S. Grade Standards (3 page(s), in English)

This rule will remove seven voluntary U.S. grade standards and one consumer standard for fresh fruits and vegetables from the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). This regulatory action is being taken as part of USDA's work to eliminate regulations that are outdated, unnecessary, ineffective, or impose costs that exceed benefits. None of the eight voluntary standards slated for removal from the CFR are related to a current, active marketing order, import regulation, or export act. The cost of printing these eight standards in the CFR annually exceeds the benefits of further inclusion in the CFR. These voluntary standards and all subsequent revisions or new standards for these products will be available in a separate publication. The standards for the affected commodities will continue to be administered by the AMS Specialty Crops Inspection (SCI) Division and catalogued using the existing numbering system for voluntary standards. Any proposed, new, or revised voluntary standards will appear in the Federal Register with the opportunity for public comment.

Notifying member: United States of America


Objective tag
Prevention of deceptive practices and consumer protection


Agency responsible
Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), Department of Agriculture (USDA) [1463]


  • Submission: 08/02/2019
  • Reception: 11/02/2019
  • Distribution: 12/02/2019
  • Final date for comments: 02/04/2019
  • Proposed date of adoption: N/A


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