New Wheat Standard rule published in Federal Register
On May 13, the Federal Grain Inspection Service published a final rule for US Wheat Standards. The final rule addresses: 1) The definition of contrasting classes in white wheat and 2) A revision for the shrunken and broken kernels in U.S. No. 1 and U.S. No 2 wheat grades. Hard Red Winter and Hard Red Spring were previously categorized as contrasting classes. Under the new rule Hard Red Winter and Hard Red spring are classified only as wheat of other classes. In GIPSA’s proposed rule the shrunken and broken grade limits were only restricted for U.S. No. 1 and U.S. No. 2 grades.
Earlier this month, the OSHA National Headquarters released a memorandum to its regional directors containing OSHA’s latest policy directive regarding the operation of sweep augers inside grain storage bins during employee entry. The memorandum clarifies OSHA’s policy on grain bin sweep augers as regulated by 29 CFR 1910.272(g)(1)(ii).