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USDA proposes changes to container requirements

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:
  • remove five authorized containers no longer in use
  • add seven containers now widely accepted throughout the industry
  • update the description of one container to allow its use for both oranges and grapefruit
  • modify the description of another container to indicate it is the standard container used by the industry

According to ams.usda.gov, the proposed rule was published in the Federal Register July 6, 2018. Written comments must be received by Aug. 6, 2018.

More information about the marketing order regulating the Handling of Oranges and Grapefruit Grown in the Lower Rio Grande Valley in Texas is available on the AMS Texas Citrus webpage.

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