WSR 99-12-124

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE


[ Filed June 2, 1999, 11:04 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 16-147 WAC, Sanitary certificates.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 69.07.020, 69.07.085, and chapter 15.36 RCW.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Legislation passed in 1999 legislative session has given the Washington Department of Agriculture authority to issue sanitary certificates to milk processing plants. This rule that covers issuance of sanitary certificates to food processing plants needs to be extended to cover milk processing plants.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.

Process for Developing New Rule: Industry will have opportunity for input and to comment on draft rule.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Verne E. Hedlund, 1111 Washington Street, P.O. Box 42560, Olympia, WA 98504-2560, phone (360) 902-1860, fax (360) 902-2087.

June 2, 1999

Candace A. Jacobs, DVM

Assistant Director

Washington State Code Reviser's Office