Federal Register: September 27, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 187)
DOCID: fr27se07-28 FR Doc E7-19050
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Food and Nutrition Service
DOCUMENT ACTION: Notice.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request--WIC National Universal Product Code (NUPC) Database
DATES: Written comments on this notice must be received on or before November 26, 2007.
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice invites the general public, and other public agencies to comment on a proposed information collection. This notice announces the Food and Nutrition Service's (FNS) intention to request Office of Management and Budget approval of the voluntary information collection process to be used in the National Universal Product Code (NUPC) database, an electronic national repository of Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children Program (WIC) eligible foods that have been authorized or approved by WIC State agencies. Section 203(e)(12) of the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004 requires the Secretary to establish an NUPC database for use by State agencies in carrying out the program.
Agency information collection activities; proposals, submissions, and approvals,
Title: The WIC National Universal Product Code (NUPC) database.
OMB Number: To be assigned.
Expiration Date: To be determined.
Type of Request: New information collection.
Abstract: The mandated NUPC database will serve as a repository of
Universal Product Codes pertaining to WIC Program foods. The database
will be accessible on a voluntary basis to both food manufacturers and
WIC Program State agencies. It will provide a standardized format for
manufacturers to electronically submit product information for
consideration for inclusion in WIC State agency authorized food lists.
The system will automatically screen products entered by manufacturers
for compliance with minimum Federal regulatory requirements. State
agencies will be able to review and select for approval those products
that have successfully been screened. Each WIC State agency's list of
approved foods will be available via the NUPC database. The database
will initially be populated with product information that is available
from the WIC State agencies currently operating an Electronic Benefits
Transfer system. We assume this will provide product information for the majority of foods
that are currently authorized by WIC State agencies.
Comments are being solicited on whether the NUPC will decrease the burden on WIC State agencies and manufacturers by providing a uniform data source for submitting products for WIC review and eligibility. The burden hours associated with this collection burden will be for updates to existing products and the addition of new products as they become available and authorized. We estimate that for this burden reporting period, 1,000 manufacturers will spend a total of 125 burden hours to report new product information and update existing product information when necessary; 20 State agencies (40 users) will spend a total of 5 burden hours to report new product information, update existing product information, and, upload/download products to their State agency approved list, and 2 Federal users will spend a total of \1/2\ hour to report new infant formula product information and update formula product information when necessary. The total number of burden hours for this reporting period is 130.50 hours.
Affected Public: Manufacturers, WIC State agencies, and Federal government.
Estimated Number of Respondents: 1,022.
Number of Responses per Respondent: 2.
Estimated Total Annual Responses: 2,044.
Hours per Response: 0.063.
Estimated Total Annual Burden: 131.
Dated: September 12, 2007.
Administrator, Food and Nutrition Service.
[FR Doc. E719050 Filed 92607; 8:45 am]
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT
Requests for additional information or copies of this information collection should be directed to Patty Davis, (703) 3052746.