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Termination of Designation of the State of Missouri With Respect to the Inspection of Meat and Meat Food Products and Poultry and Poultry Food Products

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AGENCY:

Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA.

ACTION:

Final rule and termination of designation.

SUMMARY:

This final rule amends the Federal meat and poultry products inspection regulations by terminating the designation of the State of Missouri under Titles I, II, and IV of the Federal Meat Inspection Act (FMIA) and under sections 1 through 4, 6 through 11, and 12 through 22 of the Poultry Products Inspection Act (PPIA).

DATES:

This final rule is effective January 1, 2001.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Dr. William F. Leese, Director, Federal-State Relations Staff, Food Safety and Inspection Service; telephone (202) 418-8900 or fax (202) 418-8834.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

Section 301(c) of the FMIA (21 U.S.C. 661(c)) and section 5(c) of the PPIA (21 U.S.C. 454(c)) authorize the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) to designate a State as one in which the provisions of Titles I and IV of the FMIA and sections 1-4, 6-11, and 12-22 of the PPIA will apply to operations and transactions wholly within the State after the Secretary has determined that requirements at least “equal to” those imposed under the Acts have not been developed and effectively enforced by the State.

On August 18, 1972, the Secretary designated the State of Missouri under section 301(c) of the FMIA and section 5(c) of the PPIA as a State in which the Federal Government is responsible for providing meat and poultry inspection at eligible establishments and for otherwise enforcing the applicable provisions of the FMIA and the PPIA with regard to intrastate activities in the State.

In addition, on January 31, 1975, the Federal Government assumed the responsibility of administering the authorities provided for under sections 202 and 203 of the FMIA (21 U.S.C. 642 and 643) and sections 11(b) and (c) of the PPIA (21 U.S.C. 460(b) and (c)) regarding certain classes of operators of meat and poultry products in Missouri. Start Printed Page 2207

These designations were undertaken by the Secretary when he determined that the State of Missouri was not in a position to enforce requirements that are at least “equal to” the requirements of FMIA and PPIA enforced by the Federal Government.

The Director of Agriculture of the State of Missouri has advised FSIS that on January 1, 2001, the State of Missouri will be in a position to administer a State meat and poultry products inspection program that includes requirements at least “equal to” those imposed under the Federal meat and poultry products inspection program.

Section 301(c) of the FMIA and section 5(c) of the PPIA provide that whenever the Secretary of Agriculture determines that any designated State has developed and will enforce State meat and poultry products inspection requirements at least “equal to” those imposed by the Federal Government under the FMIA and the PPIA with regard to intrastate operations and transactions, the Secretary will terminate the designation of such State. The Secretary has determined that the State of Missouri has developed, and will enforce, such a State meat and poultry products inspection program in accordance with the applicable provisions of the FMIA and the PPIA.

Since it does not appear that public participation in this matter would make additional relevant information available to the Secretary under the administrative procedure provisions in 5 U.S.C. 553, it is found upon good cause that such procedure is impracticable and unnecessary.

Executive Order 12866

This final rule is issued in conformance with Executive Order 12886 and has been determined not to be a major rule. It will not result in an annual effect on the economy of $100 million or more and will not adversely affect the economy or any segment of the economy. Because this final rule is not a significant rule under Executive Order 12866, it has not undergone review by the Office of Management and Budget.

Effect on Small Entities

The FSIS Administrator has determined that this action will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities, as defined by the Regulatory Flexibility Act (Pub. L. 96-354; 6 U.S.C. 601). As stated above, the State of Missouri is assuming a responsibility, previously limited to the Federal Government, of administering the meat and poultry products inspection program for intrastate operations and transactions.

Additional Public Notification

FSIS has considered the potential civil rights impact of this final rule on minorities, women, and persons with disabilities. Public involvement in all segments of rulemaking and policy development is important. Consequently, in an effort to better ensure that minorities, women, and persons with disabilities are aware of this rulemaking, FSIS will announce it and provide copies of this Federal Register publication in the FSIS Constituent Update.

FSIS provides a weekly Constituent Update, which is communicated via fax to more than 300 organizations and individuals. In addition, the update is available on-line through the FSIS web page located at http://fsis.usda.gov. The update is used to provide information regarding FSIS policies, procedures, regulations, Federal Register notices, FSIS public meetings, recalls, and any other types of information that could affect or be of interest to our constituents and shareholders. The constituent fax list consists of industry, trade, and farm groups, consumer interest groups, allied health professionals, and other persons who have requested to be included. Through these various channels, FSIS is able to provide information to a much broader and diverse audience. For more information and to be added to the constituent fax list, fax your request to (202) 720-5704.

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Accordingly, parts 331 and 381 are amended as follows:

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PART 331—[AMENDED]

The authority citation for part 331 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 21 U.S.C. 601-695; 7 CFR 2.17, 2.55.

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1. The table in section 331.2 is amended by removing “Missouri” from the “State” column and by removing the corresponding date.

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2. The table in section 331.6 is amended by removing “Missouri” from the “State” column in two places and by removing the corresponding dates.

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PART 381—[AMENDED]

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3. The authority citation for part 381 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 7 U.S.C. 138F; 7 U.S.C. 450; 21 U.S.C. 451-470; 7 CFR 2.17, 2.55.

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4. The table in section 381.221 is amended by removing “Missouri” from the “States” column and by removing the corresponding date.

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5. The table in section 381.224 is amended by removing “Missouri” from the “State” column in two places and by removing the corresponding dates.

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Done in Washington, DC, on: January 5, 2001.

Thomas J. Billy,

Administrator.

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[FR Doc. 01-743 Filed 1-10-01; 8:45 am]

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