Federal Register: June 25, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 121)
DOCID: fr25jn07-36 FR Doc E7-12095
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration
ACTION: Agency designation actions:
DOCUMENT ACTION: Notice.
Purchase of Mid-Iowa (IA) and Amendment to Its Area
DATES: Effective Date: July 1, 2007.
Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) designated Intercontinental Grain Inspection Inc.
(Intercontinental), a subsidiary of Societe Generale de Surveillance (SGS) North America Inc., to provide domestic official inspection services under the United States Grain Standards Act, as amended (USGSA). Intercontinental's designation terminates September 30, 2007, therefore; GIPSA asked interested persons to submit an application for designation in the March 7, 2007, Federal Register (72 FR 10138). However, SGS North America Inc. purchased MidIowa Grain Inspection, Inc. (MidIowa), a currently designated agency providing official inspection services. Intercontinental will be merged into MidIowa. Accordingly, GIPSA is not proceeding further with the request for applications for designation in the Corpus Christi, Texas, area, which is currently designated to Intercontinental. The designation of Mid Iowa has been amended to include this geographic area.
Section 7(f)(1) of the United States Grain
Standards Act, as amended (USGSA), authorizes GIPSA's Administrator to
designate a qualified applicant to provide official services in a specified
area after determining that the applicant is better able than any other applicant to provide such official services (7 U.S.C. 79(f)(1)). GIPSA designated Intercontinental, headquarters in Corpus Christi, Texas, to provide official inspection services under the Act effective July 20, 2006, and terminating September 30, 2007.
Section 7(g)(1) of USGSA provides that designations of official agencies will terminate not later than three years and may be renewed according to the criteria and procedures prescribed in Section 7(f) of USGSA. Intercontinental's designation ends September 30, 2007, according to USGSA. In the March 7, 2007, Federal Register (72 FR 10138), GIPSA asked persons interested in providing official services in the area served by Intercontinental to submit an application for designation. However, SGS North America Inc., the company that currently owns Intercontinental, advised GIPSA that they purchased Mid Iowa, a currently designated official agency, and that Intercontinental will be merged into MidIowa. Accordingly, GIPSA is not proceeding further with the request for applications for designation published in the March 7, 2007, Federal Register. GIPSA is amending MidIowa's designation due to the ownership change of Intercontinental.
Pursuant to Section 7(f)(2) of the Act, the following geographic area, in the State of Texas will now be assigned to MidIowa.
MidIowa's assigned geographic area does not include the export port locations inside MidIowa's area which are serviced by GIPSA.
Effective July 1, 2007, MidIowa's present geographic area is
amended to include the state of Texas. MidIowa's current designation
to provide official inspection services terminates June 30, 2008.
Official services may be obtained by contacting MidIowa at 319363 0239.
Authority: 7 U.S.C. 71 et seq.
David R. Shipman,
Acting Administrator, Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration.
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT
Karen Guagliardo at 202-720-7312, e- mail Karen.W.Guagliardo@usda.gov.