12 Aug 2016
Quality Standards for Imported Peanuts Revised
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service has implemented a recommendation from the Peanut Standards Board, a body comprised of producers and industry representatives that advises USDA on potential changes to the standards, to revise the minimum quality and handling standards for domestic and imported peanuts marketed in the United States. Specifically, AMS has made revisions to the minimum quality, positive lot identification, and reporting and recordkeeping requirements under the standards. This final rule also makes numerous other changes to the standards to better reflect current industry practices and to revise outdated language. The Board believes these changes will make additional peanuts available for sale in the United States, increase efficiencies and reduce industry costs. The modifications will enter into force on 31 August.