[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 97 (Thursday, May 20, 2010)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 28187-28188]
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[FR Doc No: 2010-12027]



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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

7 CFR Part 319

[Docket No. APHIS-2008-0017]
RIN 0579-AC77


Importation of Tomatoes From Souss-Massa-Draa, Morocco; Technical 
Amendment

AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

ACTION: Final rule; technical amendment.

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SUMMARY: In a final rule published in the Federal Register on November 
2, 2009, and effective on December 2, 2009, we amended the fruits and 
vegetables regulations to allow the importation of commercial 
consignments of tomatoes from the Souss-Massa-Draa region of Morocco 
into the United States. However, we incorrectly referred to the 
national plant protection organization of Morocco as the Moroccan 
Ministry of Agriculture's Division of Plant Protection, Inspection, and 
Enforcement when it was recently changed to the National Office of Food 
Safety. The National Office of Food Safety is also responsible for 
export certification inspection and issuance of phytosanitary 
certificates rather than the Moroccan Ministry of Agriculture, Fresh 
Product Export. In order to prevent confusion, we are replacing all 
references to the Moroccan Ministry of Agriculture's Division of Plant 
Protection, Inspection, and Enforcement and the Moroccan Ministry of 
Agriculture, Fresh Product Export with the phrase ``national plant 
protection organization of Morocco.''

EFFECTIVE DATE: May 20, 2010.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Charisse Cleare, Project 
Coordinator, Regulations, Permits, and Manuals, PPQ, APHIS, 4700 River 
Road Unit 156, Riverdale, MD 20737-1231; (301) 734-0773.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In a final rule published in the Federal 
Register on November 2, 2009 (74 FR 56523-56526, Docket No. APHIS-2008-
0017), and effective on December 2, 2009, we amended the regulations in 
``Subpart--Fruits and Vegetables'' (7 CFR 319.56-1 through 319.56-50) 
to allow the importation of commercial shipments of tomatoes from the 
Souss-Massa-Draa region of Morocco subject to a systems approach 
similar to that which is already in place in that section for tomatoes 
imported into the United States from other areas within Morocco. These 
conditions, which we established in Sec.  319.56-28, require, among 
other things, that the Moroccan Ministry of Agriculture's Division of 
Plant Protection, Inspection, and Enforcement (DPVCTRF) inspect and 
monitor production sites, and set and maintain Mediterranean fruit fly 
traps during the tomato shipping season. In addition, the Moroccan 
Ministry of Agriculture, Fresh Product Export (EACCE), is responsible 
for export certification, inspection, and issuance of phytosanitary 
certificates. However, since publication of the final rule, we have 
learned that the Moroccan Ministry of Agriculture has undergone a 
reorganization and that DPVCTRF has been replaced by the National 
Office of Food Safety. In order to prevent confusion, we are replacing 
all references to DPVCTRF and EACCE with the phrase ``national plant 
protection organization of Morocco.''

List of Subjects in 7 CFR Part 319

    Coffee, Cotton, Fruits, Imports, Logs, Nursery stock, Plant 
diseases and pests, Quarantine, Reporting and recordkeeping 
requirements, Rice, Vegetables.

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Accordingly, we are amending 7 CFR part 319 as follows:

PART 319-FOREIGN QUARANTINE NOTICES

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1. The authority citation for part 319 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: 7 U.S.C. 450, 7701-7772, and 7781-7786; 21 U.S.C. 136 
and 136a; 7 CFR 2.22, 2.80, and 371.3.

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2. Section 319.56-28 is amended as follows:
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a. In paragraph (c)(1), by removing the words ``the Moroccan Ministry 
of Agriculture, Division of Plant Protection, Inspection, and 
Enforcement (DPVCTRF)'' and adding the words ``the national plant 
protection organization (NPPO) of Morocco'' in their place.
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b. In paragraph (c)(3), by removing the word ``DPVCTRF'' and adding the 
words ``the NPPO of Morocco'' in its place.
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c. In paragraph (c)(4), by removing the word ``DPVCTRF'' and adding the 
words ``The NPPO of Morocco'' in its place.
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d. In paragraph (c)(7), by removing, in the first sentence, the words 
``The Moroccan Ministry of Agriculture, Fresh Product Export (EACCE)'' 
and adding the words ``The national plant protection organization of 
Morocco (NPPO)'' in their place; and by removing, in the second 
sentence, the word ``EACCE'' and adding the words ``the NPPO of 
Morocco'' in its place.
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e. In paragraph (g)(1), by removing, in the first sentence, the words 
``the Moroccan Ministry of Agriculture, Division of Plant Protection, 
Inspection, and Enforcement (DPVCTRF)'' and adding the words ``the 
national plant protection organization (NPPO) of Morocco'' in their 
place; by removing, in the second sentence, the word ``DPVCTRF'' and 
adding the words ``the NPPO of Morocco'' in its place; and by removing, 
in the third sentence, the word ``DPVCTRF'' and adding the words ``The 
NPPO of Morocco'' in its place.
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f. In paragraph (g)(3), by removing, in the first sentence, the word 
``DPVCTRF'' and adding the words ``the NPPO of Morocco'' in its place.
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g. In paragraph (g)(4), by removing the word ``DPVCTRF'' and adding the 
words ``The NPPO of Morocco'' in its place each time it appears.
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h. In paragraph (g)(5), by removing the word ``DPVCTRF'' and adding the 
words ``the NPPO of Morocco'' in its place.
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i. In paragraph (g)(9), by removing, in the first sentence, the words 
``The Moroccan Ministry of Agriculture, Fresh Product Export (EACCE)'' 
and adding the words ``The national plant protection organization 
(NPPO) of Morocco'' in their place; and by removing, in the second 
sentence, the word ``EACCE'' and adding the words ``the NPPO of 
Morocco'' in its place.

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    Done in Washington, DC, this 14\th\ day of May 2010.

Kevin Shea,
Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
[FR Doc. 2010-12027 Filed 5-19-10; 7:25 am]
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