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USDA/FNS RIN: 0584-AD76 Publication ID: Fall 2010 
Title: Revisions and Clarifications in Requirements for the Processing of Donated Foods 
Abstract: This final rule revises processing requirements to reduce the paperwork burden and workload and to more fully integrate donated foods with commercial business practices. It revises current regulations to: (1) Allow processing agreements or contracts of up to five years duration, rather than the current one year, with an option for two one-year extensions; (2) allow substitution of donated beef and pork with like commercial foods of U.S. origin and of equal or better quality; (3) remove the verification of end product sales through commercial distributors; (4) reduce independent CPA audit requirements for multi-State processors by revising upward the donated food value thresholds that determine the required frequency of such audits; and (5) require in-State processors to obtain an independent CPA audit every three years, and remove the requirement that distributing agencies conduct an on-site review of such processors at least once every two years. Lastly, the rule rewrites and restructures processing regulations in a "plain language" format to make them easier to understand for the general public (05-005). 
Agency: Department of Agriculture(USDA)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 7 CFR 250.3, 250.13, 250.16, 250.17, 250.18; 7 CFR 250.19, 250.24, 250.30 
Legal Authority: 5 USC 301; 7 USC 612(d), 612(c) note; 7 USC 1431, 1431(b), 1431(e), 1431 note, 1446(a)(1), 1859, 2014, 2025; 15 USC 713(c); 22 USC 1922; 42 USC 1751, 1755, 1758, 1760, 1761, 1762(a), 1766, 3030(a), 5179, 5180 
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  08/24/2006  71 FR 50250 
NPRM Comment Period End  11/22/2006   
Final Action  06/00/2011   
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Federal, Local, State 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: Yes 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
James F Herbert
Regulatory Review Specialist
Department of Agriculture
Food and Nutrition Service
3101 Park Center Drive,
Alexandria, VA 22302
Phone:703 305-2572
Email: james.herbert@fns.usda.gov

 
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