Movement of Hass Avocados From Areas Where Mediterranean Fruit Fly or South American Fruit Fly Exist

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
7 CFR Parts 301 and 319
[Docket No. APHIS-2010-0127]
RIN 0579-AD34

Movement of Hass Avocados From Areas Where Mediterranean Fruit Fly or South American Fruit Fly Exist

Agency

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

Action

Proposed rule; reopening of comment period.

Summary

We are reopening the comment period for our proposed rule that would relieve certain restrictions regarding the movement of fresh Hass variety avocados. This action will allow interested persons additional time to prepare and submit comments.

Dates

We will consider all comments that we receive on or before May 18, 2011.

Addresses

You may submit comments by either of the following methods:

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/fdmspublic/component/main?main=DocketDetail&d=APHIS-2010-0127 to submit or view comments and to view supporting and related materials available electronically.
  • Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Please send one copy of your comment to Docket No. APHIS-2010-0127, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737-1238. Please state that your comment refers to Docket No. APHIS-2010-0127.

Reading Room: You may read any comments that we receive on this docket in our reading room. The readingroom is located in room 1141 of the USDA South Building, 14th Street and Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC. Normal reading room hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. To be sure someone is there to help you, please call (202) 690 2817 before coming.

Other Information: Additional information about APHIS and its programs is available on the Internet at http://www.aphis.usda.gov.

For Further Information Contact

Mr. Tony Román, Import Specialist, Regulations, Permits, and Manuals, PPQ, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 133, Riverdale, MD 20737-1231; (301) 734-0627.

Supplementary Information

On April 4, 2011, we published in theFederal Register(76 FR 18419-18421, Docket No. APHIS-2010-0127) a proposal to relieve certain restrictions regarding the movement of fresh Hass variety avocados. Specifically, we proposed to amend our domestic regulations to provide for the interstate movement of Hass avocados from Mediterranean fruit fly quarantined areas in the United States with a certificate if the fruit is safeguarded after harvest in accordance with specific measures. We also proposed to amend our foreign quarantine regulations to remove trapping requirements for Mediterranean fruit fly for Hass avocados imported from the State of Michoacán, Mexico, requirements for treatment or origin from an area free of Mediterranean fruit fly for Hass avocados imported from Peru, and requirements for trapping or origin from an area free of South American fruit fly for Hass avocados imported from Peru.

Comments on the proposed rule were required to be received on or before May 4, 2011. We are reopening the comment period on Docket No. APHIS-2010-0127 for an additional 14 days, until May 18, 2011. This action will allow interested persons additional time to prepare and submit comments. We will also consider all comments received between May 5, 2011, and the date of this document.

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.

Done in Washington, DC, this 3rd day of May 2011.
Gregory L. Parham,
Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
[FR Doc. 2011-11173 Filed 5-6-11; 8:45 am]
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ID: APHIS-2010-0127-0021
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Date Posted: May 9, 2011
RIN: 0579-AD34
CFR: 7 CFR Parts 301 and 319
Federal Register Number: 2011-11173
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