[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 96 (Friday, May 16, 2008)]
[Page 28424]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E8-10845]



Agricultural Marketing Service

[Docket No.: ANS-FV-07-0100; FV-08-328]

United States Standards for Grades of Frozen Okra

AGENCY: Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA.

ACTION: Reopening and extension of the comment period.


SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the comment period for the 
proposed notice to revise the United States Standards for Grades of 
Frozen Okra is being reopened and extended.

DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before July 15, 2008.

ADDRESSES: Written comments may be submitted to: Albert K. Hoover, 
Processed Products Branch, Fruit and Vegetable Programs, Agricultural 
Marketing Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, STOP 0247, 1400 
Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250-0247; fax (202) 690-
1527; http://www.regulations.gov; or e-mail [email protected]. 
Comments should, reference the date and page of this issue of the 
Federal Register. All comments received will be made available for 
public inspection, at the address listed above, during regular business 
hours and on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov.
    The draft of the United States Standards for Grades of Frozen Okra 
is available through the address cited above, or http://www.regulations.gov. Any comments received regarding this proposed 
standard will also be posted on these sites.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Albert K. Hoover at: (202) 720-5021 or 
by e-mail at: [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: A notice was published on December 12, 2007 
in the Federal Register (72 FR 238) requesting comments on a proposal 
to revise the United States Standards for Grades of Frozen Okra. The 
action would create a change in the grade standards for frozen okra 
that will include a change from a ``score point'' grading system to an 
``individual attribute'' grading system. The individual attribute 
grading system uses sample sizes and acceptable quality levels (AQL's), 
along with tolerances and acceptance numbers (number of allowable 
defects), to determine the quality level of a lot. The action will also 
modify the definition of several terms, in order to bring frozen okra 
in line with current marketing practices. The proposed standard will 
provide a common language for trade, a means of measuring value in the 
marketing of frozen okra1 and provide guidance in the effective 
utilization of frozen okra.
    The American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) requested that additional 
time be provided for interested persons to comment on the proposed 
standard. AFFI believes that reopening the comment period will enable 
interested parties adequate time to review the proposed changes.
    After reviewing the request, the Department is reopening the 
comment period in order to allow sufficient time for all interested 
persons to file comments.
    This notice provides for a 60 day period for interested parties to 
comment on changes to the standards.

    Authority: 7 U.S.C. 1621-1627.

    Dated: May 9, 2008.
Lloyd C. Day,
Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service.
[FR Doc. E8-10845 Filed 5-15-08; 8:45 am]