Specialty Crops Program

USDA Adds New Service for Fruit & Vegetable Growers, USDA GAP Audit Now Recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative and FDA

Release No.: 111-18

WASHINGTON, Aug. 13, 2018—The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that the Harmonized Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) Plus+ audit program for specialty crops is now accepted as technically equivalent by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI).

USDA Sets Referendum Dates for National Processed Raspberry Research and Promotion Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) today announced a referendum of eligible producers of raspberries for processing and importers of processed raspberries to determine whether to continue the Processed Raspberry Research and Promotion Program. The vote will take place from Sept. 10 through Oct. 5, 2018.

The program will continue if it is favored by a majority of those eligible to vote. Eligible producers and importers:

Christmas Tree Industry Votes to Continue National Research and Promotion Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that U.S. producers and importers of Christmas trees voted to continue their federal research and promotion program. In a referendum held by USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) May 1 through May 31, 2018, 51 percent of producers and importers voting in the referendum favored continuation of the program.

USDA Announces Cranberry Volume Control Procedures for Handlers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced a final rule establishing diversion procedures for seasonal volume control of cranberries grown under the Marketing Order regulating the handling of cranberries grown in the states of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Oregon, Washington and Long Island in the State of New York. The procedures were recommended by the Cranberry Marketing Committee.

USDA Clarifies Obligations for Honey Packers Regarding Country of Origin Labeling

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has published a final rule clarifying that all honey must include conspicuous and indelible country-of-origin labeling, in English, to meet applicable USDA regulations and U.S. Customs law.

AMS was petitioned by honey industry members to clarify obligations for honey packers regarding country of origin labeling.

USDA Proposes Changes to Container Requirements for Certain Texas Citrus

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is inviting comments on a proposed rule to change container requirements under the federal marketing order for oranges and grapefruit grown in the Lower Rio Grande Valley in Texas. The rule was recommended by the Texas Valley Citrus Committee to revise container requirements and align them with current industry practices.

The proposed rule would:

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