WSR 03-24-007

PERMANENT RULES

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE


[ Filed November 20, 2003, 10:47 a.m. ]

Date of Adoption: November 19, 2003.

Purpose: The purpose of this rule-making order is to amend WAC 16-403-280 Adoption of United States standards as state standards, thereby adopting the new United States standards for grades of apples, which were effective on December 19, 2002. By adopting the United States standards for grades of apples, apples certified under Washington state standards will meet United States standards. This will enable apples marketed in areas that require only United States grades to be marketed without being recertified. The resulting simplified process should make marketing Washington state apples easier and should reduce the industry's marketing costs.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 16-403-280 Adoption of United States standards as state standards.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: Chapters 15.17 and 34.05 RCW.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 03-20-094 on September 30, 2003.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.
Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.

November 19, 2003

Valoria H. Loveland

Director

OTS-6630.1


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 02-12-011, filed 5/23/02, effective 8/1/02)

WAC 16-403-280   Adoption of United States standards as state standards.   In addition to the standards for apples prescribed in WAC 16-403-140 through 16-403-275, there are hereby adopted, as additional standards of the state of Washington for apples, the United States standards for grades of apples, effective ((September 1, 1964, as amended October 1, 1966, July 25, 1972, and March 25, 1976)) December 19, 2002, adopted by the United States Department of Agriculture, as they apply to U.S. extra fancy, U.S. fancy, U.S. No. 1 and U.S. No. 1 hail, provided, the color requirements specified for U.S. No. 1 and U.S. No. 1 hail must be good shade of red color and the percentage of color required for U.S. No. 1 and U.S. No. 1 hail for Delicious shall be 25 percent good shade of red color and provided further, that all the United States grades as applied to Red Delicious, Delicious, Golden Delicious, Gala, and Jonagold varieties shall meet the firmness requirements of WAC 16-403-142.

[Statutory Authority: Chapters 15.17 and 34.05 RCW. 02-12-011, 16-403-280, filed 5/23/02, effective 8/1/02. Statutory Authority: Chapter 15.17 RCW. 89-14-031 (Order 2012), 16-403-280, filed 6/28/89, effective 9/1/89; 88-14-128 (Order 1982), 16-403-280, filed 7/6/88, effective 9/1/88; Order 1374, 16-403-280, filed 7/26/74, effective 9/1/74.]

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