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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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U.S. Standards for Grades of Maple Sirup This Notice published in the Federal Register on May 7, 2014, proposes to revise the grade standards which includes a revision of the definitions for quality factors. The proposed revised grades of a sample unit of maple sirup would be ascertained considering the factors of color, flavor, odor, damage, and turbidity or cloudiness. This notice will close for comments on July 7, 2014. Documents Number: AMS-FV-14-0040; FV-14-328. [Notice and Standard]

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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]
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