Federal Register: February 28, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 40)
DOCID: FR Doc 01-4851
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Food and Drug Administration
Docket ID: [Docket No. 01N-0069 ]
ACTION: Agency information collection activities:
DOCUMENT ACTION: Notice.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Information From U.S. Processors That Export to the European Community
DATES: Submit written or electronic comments on the collection of information by April 30, 2001.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing an opportunity for public comment on the proposed collection of certain information by the agency. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (the PRA), Federal agencies are required to publish notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed extension of an existing collection of information, and to allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice. This notice solicits comments on the maintenance of lists of U.S. processors that export certain animalderived foods (i.e., shell eggs, dairy products, game meat, game meat products, animal casings, and gelatin) to the European Community (EC), temporary exemptions from certain food labeling requirements for the purpose of conducting authorized food labeling experiments, petitions for health claims, and petitions for nutrient content claims.
Proposed collection; comment request,
Under the PRA (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520), Federal agencies must obtain approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for each collection of information they conduct or sponsor. ``Collection of information'' is defined in 44 U.S.C. 3502(3) and 5 CFR 1320.3(c) and includes agency requests or requirements that members of the public submit reports, keep records, or provide information to a third party. Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)) requires Federal agencies to provide a 60day notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed extension of an existing collection of information, before submitting the collection to OMB for approval. To comply with this requirement, FDA is publishing notice of the proposed collection of information set forth in this document.
With respect to the following collection of information, FDA
invites comments on: (1) Whether the proposed collection of information
is necessary for the proper performance of FDA's functions, including
whether the information will have practical utility; (2) the accuracy
of FDA's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of
information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions
used; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the
information to be collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the
collection of information on respondents, including through the use of
automated collection techniques, when appropriate, and other forms of information technology.
Request for Information From U.S. Processors That Export to the European Community (OMB Control Number 09100320)Extension
EC is a group of 15 European countries that have agreed to harmonize their commodity requirements to facilitate commerce among member States. EC legislation for intraEC trade has been extended to trade with nonEC countries, including the United States. For certain food products, including those listed below in this document, EC legislation requires assurances from the responsible authority of the country of origin that the processor of the food is in compliance with applicable regulatory requirements.
With the assistance of trade associations and State authorities, FDA requests information from processors
that export certain animalderived products (e.g., shell eggs, dairy products, game meat, game meat products, animal casings, and gelatin) to EC. FDA uses the information to maintain lists of processors that have demonstrated current compliance with U.S. requirements and provides the lists to EC quarterly. Inclusion on the list is voluntary. EC member countries refer to the lists at ports of entry to verify that products offered for importation to EC from the United States are from processors that meet U.S. regulatory requirements. Products processed by firms not on the list are subject to detention and possible refusal at the port. FDA requests the following information from each processor:
1. Business name and address;
2. Name and telephone number of person designated as business contact;
3. Lists of products presently being shipped to EC and those intended to be shipped in the next 6 months;
4. Name and address of manufacturing plants for each product;
5. Names and affiliations of any Federal, State, or local governmental agencies that inspect the plant, governmentassigned plant identifier, such as plant number, and last date of inspection; and
6. Assurance that the firm or individual representing the firm and submitting a certificate for signature to FDA is aware of and knows that they are subject to the provisions of section 1001 of Title 18, United States Code. This law provides that it is a criminal offense to knowingly and willfully make a false statement or alter or counterfeit documents in a matter within the jurisdiction of a U.S. agency.
FDA estimates the burden of this collection of information as follows:
Table 1.Estimated Annual Reporting Burden\1\ Annual Products No. of frequency per Total annual Hours per Total hours respondents response responses response Shell eggs 10 1 10 0.25 2.5 Dairy 100 1 100 0.25 25 Game meat and meat products 10 1 10 0.25 2.5 Animal casings 15 1 15 0.25 3.75 Gelatin 6 1 6 0.25 1.5 Total 35.25 \1\There are no capital costs or operating and maintenance costs associated with this collection of information.
The estimated number of respondents is based on the volume of exports and responses received to date. The estimated number of yearly responses has decreased from the estimate in FDA's previous notice seeking comment for this collection of information (63 FR 29738, June 1, 1998) because the actual number of responses has been decreasing. Companies do not need to reapply unless they have a compliance problem. An estimate for processors that export gelatin also has been added because these processors are now being included in the listing process. Table 2.Estimated Annual Reporting Burden (Third Party Disclosure)\1\ Annual Respondents No. of frequency per Total annual Hours per Total hours respondents response responses response Trade association 15 1 15 8 120 State 50 1 50 8 400 Total 520 \1\There are no capital costs or operating and maintenance costs associated with this collection of information.
The burden estimated for the trade associations assumes the trade
associations will disseminate FDA's information request through mass
mailings to their membership or publish it in their trade magazine or
newsletter. The burden estimated for State authorities assumes
dissemination of information to the processors or dissemination of information about processors to FDA.
Dated: February 22, 2001.
William K. Hubbard,
Senior Associate Commissioner for Policy, Planning, and Legislation. [FR Doc. 014851 Filed 22701; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 416001F
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT
Peggy Schlosburg, Office of Information Resources Management (HFA250), Food and Drug
Administration, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857, 3018271223.