WSR 02-12-005

PROPOSED RULES

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE


[ Filed May 22, 2002, 4:37 p.m. ]

Continuance of WSR 02-07-118.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 01-21-003 and 02-03-128.

Title of Rule: WAC 16-403-141 Red Delicious, Delicious, Golden Delicious minimum soluble solids, 16-403-142 Red Delicious, Delicious, Golden Delicious -- Minimum firmness, 16-403-190 Tolerances and 16-403-280 Adoption of United States standards as state standards.

Purpose: WAC 16-403-141 Red Delicious, Delicious, Golden Delicious minimum soluble solids, changes soluble solids for Red Delicious and Delicious varieties of apples from 10% to 11%. WAC 16-403-142 Red Delicious, Delicious, Golden Delicious -- Minimum firmness, establishes firmness standards of eleven pounds for Jonagold and Gala apple varieties. WAC 16-403-190 Tolerances, establishes a 10% firmness tolerance for Jonagold and Gala apples varieties. WAC 16-403-280 Adoption of United States standards as state standards, adds a reference to Gala and Jonagold apples made necessary by the proposed changes to WAC 16-403-141, 16-403-142 and 16-403-190.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: Chapters 15.17 and 34.05 RCW.

Statute Being Implemented: Chapter 15.17 RCW.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting, Implementation and Enforcement: Jim Quigley, Program Manager, Olympia, (360) 902-1833.

Name of Proponent: Washington State Department of Agriculture.

Date of Intended Adoption: May 23, 2002.

May 22, 2002

Mary A. Martin Toohey

Assistant Director

Washington State Code Reviser's Office