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Specialty Crops Inspection Division Federal Register Notices  
The following is a current list of proposed, interim final rules, or final rules related to Fresh and Processed Fruit, Vegetable, Nut and Specialty Crop Grade Standards and Other Resources. All notices, except for final rules, are open for public comment until the deadline.

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Final Rules:

U.S. Standards for Grades of Okra This notice published in the Federal Register on October 23, 2013, revised the grade standards for okra by eliminated the “Unclassified section from the standards. Effective November 22, 2013. Document Number: AMS-FV-11-0054; FV-13-331. [Notice and Standard]

U.S. Standards for Condition of Food Containers This notice publish in the Federal Register September 17, 2013, revised the standards to include revisions to existing tables, removal of operation characteristic (OC) curves and updating language in the standards that enables the standards to be applicable to most types of food containers and aligns the standards to reflect current industry practices. Document Number: AMS-FV-08-0027. Final rule is effective on October 17, 2013. [Notice and Standard]
U.S. Standards for Grades of Frozen Vegetables This notice publish in the Federal Register on July 30, 2013, revised the grade standards for frozen asparagus, frozen lima beans, frozen speckled butter beans, frozen cooked squash, frozen summer squash, frozen sweet potatoes, frozen turnip greens with turnips, and frozen mixed vegetables. Effective date August 29, 2013 Document Number: AMS-FV-09-0028; FV-13-328. [Notice and Grade Standard]
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