Importation of Fresh Apricots from Continental Spain

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Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
7 CFR Part 319
[Docket No. APHIS-2011-0132]
RIN 0579-AD62

Importation of Fresh Apricots From Continental Spain


Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.


Proposed rule; reopening of comment period.


We are reopening the comment period for our proposed rule that would allow the importation into the United States of fresh apricots from continental Spain. This action will allow interested persons additional time to prepare and submit comments.


The comment period for the proposed rule published January 30, 2013 (78 FR 6227) is reopened. We will consider all comments that we receive on or before June 13, 2013.


You may submit comments by either of the following methods:

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to!documentDetail;D=APHIS-2011-0132-0001.
  • Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to Docket No. APHIS-2011-0132, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737-1238.

Supporting documents and any comments we receive on this docket may be viewed at!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2011-0132 or in our reading room, which 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) 799-7039 before coming.

For Further Information Contact

Ms. Meredith C. Jones, Senior Regulatory Policy Specialist, Regulatory Coordination and Compliance, PPQ, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 133, Riverdale, MD 20737-1231; (301) 851-2289.

Supplementary Information

On January 30, 2013, we published in theFederal Register(78 FR 6227-6232, Docket No. APHIS-2011-0132) a proposal (1) to amend the regulations concerning the importation of fruits and vegetables to allow the importation of fresh apricots from continental Spain into the United States subject to a systems approach jointly agreed upon in a bilateral workplan between APHIS and the national plant protection organization of Spain.

Comments on the proposed rule were required to be received on or before April 1, 2013. We are reopening the comment period on Docket No. APHIS-2011-0132 for an additional 15 days. This action will allow interested persons additional time to prepare and submit comments. We will also consider all comments received between April 2, 2013 (the day after the close of the original comment period) and the date of this notice.


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 22nd day of May 2013.
Kevin Shea,
Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
[FR Doc. 2013-12685 Filed 5-28-13; 8:45 am]


(1) To view the proposed rule, risk documents, and the comments we received, go to!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2011-0132.

Comment Period Closed
Jun 13 2013, at 11:59 PM ET
ID: APHIS-2011-0132-0008
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Date Posted: May 29, 2013
RIN: 0579-AD62
CFR: 7 CFR Part 319
Federal Register Number: 2013-12685
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The proposed rule is harmful to the health of consumers unless there is a designated portion of the imported crop that is certified 'organic'. absent a valid...

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