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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Food Safety and Inspection Service

9 CFR Part 392

[Docket No. 00-019F; FDMS Docket No. FSIS-2005-0020]
RIN 0583-AC81

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Petitions for Rulemaking

AGENCY: Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is amending its=20
administrative regulations to add a new part that establishes=20
regulations governing the submission to FSIS of petitions for=20
rulemaking. The new regulations supersede existing guidance on the=20
submission of petitions to FSIS to issue, amend, or repeal its=20
regulations. FSIS is taking this action to help ensure the filing of=20
well-supported petitions that contain information that the Agency needs=20
to proceed with consideration of the requested rulemaking in a timely=20
manner.

DATES: Effective Date: June 8, 2009.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rachel Edelstein, Director, Policy=20
Issuances Division, Office of Policy and Program Development, Food=20
Safety and Inspection Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture; (202)=20
720-5627.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:=20

Background

    On January 12, 2006, FSIS published a proposal in the Federal=20
Register to establish regulations governing the submission to FSIS of=20
petitions to issue, amend, or repeal a regulation administered by the=20
Agency (71 FR 1988). As discussed in that proposed rulemaking, FSIS had=20
previously published guidelines in 1993 on how to submit petitions for=20
rulemaking to the Agency (58 FR 63570, December 2, 1993). Despite the=20
existence of this guidance, rulemaking petitions are submitted to FSIS=20
in various forms, often without adequate data and supporting=20
documentation for FSIS to properly evaluate the merits of the requested=20
action. The measures proposed in the January 12, 2006, proposed rule=20
are designed to encourage the filing of well-supported petitions that=20
contain information that the Agency needs to evaluate a requested=20
rulemaking in a timely manner. The comment period for the proposed rule=20
closed on March 12, 2006.

Comments and FSIS Response

    FSIS received only one comment in response to the January 12, 2006,=20
proposal. The comment was generally supportive of the proposed=20
regulations but also expressed the view that when preparing Notices and=20
Directives, FSIS should provide an opportunity for public comment prior=20
to the issuance of these documents. According to the comment, FSIS=20
Notices and Directives may have the same effect on the industry as=20
regulations. The comment recommended that FSIS adopt a rule that would=20
specifically provide opportunity for stakeholders to participate in the=20
development of these documents.
    The January 12, 2006, proposed rule proposed to establish=20
regulations for the submission to FSIS of petitions for rulemaking.=20
Establishing a new process for making draft FSIS Notices and Directives=20
available for comment is outside the scope of this rulemaking. Under=20
this final rule, however, persons may certainly petition the Agency to=20
issue, amend or repeal such documents.
    The comment also stated that, when evaluating petitions for=20
rulemaking, FSIS must take into account that small and very small=20
establishments have limited resources and may not have access to all of=20
the data that FSIS considers necessary to evaluate a petition for=20
rulemaking.
    In the preamble to the proposed rule, FSIS acknowledged that some=20
small entities may not have access to certain data that is readily=20
available to large companies or industry trade associations. As stated=20
in the preamble, the Agency will take these limitations into=20
consideration when it evaluates petitions submitted by small entities.

The Final Rule

    In this final rule FSIS is establishing regulations governing the=20
submission to FSIS of petitions for rulemaking. As noted above, the one=20
comment submitted in response to the January 12, 2006, proposed rule=20
raised no objections that were within the scope of the proposed=20
rulemaking. Therefore, FSIS is finalizing the proposed rule without=20
changes.
    As was proposed, FSIS is adding a new part 392--Petitions for=20
rulemaking to title 9, subchapter D of the CFR. As stated in Sec. =20
392.1, part 392 contains provisions governing the submission to FSIS of=20
petitions for rulemaking and applies to all requests to initiate=20
rulemaking, except to the extent that other provisions in the FSIS=20
regulations prescribe procedures for submitting requests to amend a=20
regulation. As discussed in the preamble to the proposed rule, Sec. =20
392.1 includes this exception because FSIS' regulations already contain=20
procedures on how to submit requests to amend certain sections of the=20
regulations. For example, as noted in the proposal, a request to amend=20
the regulations to authorize a new Reference Amount or Product Category=20
identified in 9 CFR 317.312(b) and 381.412(b) must be submitted as a=20
labeling application in accordance with the provisions of 9 CFR=20
317.312(g) and 381.412(g).
    Section 392.2 defines a ``petition'' as a written request to issue,=20
amend, or repeal a regulation administered by the Agency. Section 392.2=20
also provides that a request to issue, amend, or repeal a document that=20
interprets a regulation administered by the Agency, such as an FSIS=20
Directive, Notice, or compliance guide, may be made by petition.
    Section 392.3 describes the information that a petition is required=20
to contain to be considered by FSIS. Section 392.3(a) requires that a=20
petition include the name, address and telephone number, and e-mail=20
address (if available) of the person submitting the petition. Section=20
392.3(b) requires that a petition contain a full statement of the=20
action requested by the petitioner, including the citation and exact=20
wording of any existing regulation affected by the requested action.=20
Section 392.3(c) requires that a petition include a statement of the=20
factual and legal basis for the requested action, including all=20
relevant information known to the

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petitioner, both favorable and unfavorable to the petitioner's=20
position. Section 392.3(c) also states that the statement of the=20
factual and legal basis should identify the problem that the requested=20
action is intended to address and explain why the requested action is=20
needed to address the problem.
    Section 392.4 describes the information that should be submitted in=20
support of a rulemaking petition. As was discussed in the preamble to=20
the proposal, the documentation described in proposed Sec.  392.4 is=20
not required for a petition to be considered by FSIS. Rather, Sec. =20
392.4 is intended to provide petitioners with a clear idea of the type=20
of supporting documentation that FSIS considers necessary to evaluate a=20
petition in an efficient and effective manner.
    Section 392.4(a) provides that information referred to or relied on=20
in support of a petition should be included in full, and that a copy of=20
any source cited in a petition should be submitted with the petition.=20
Section 392.4(b) lists sources of information that FSIS considers=20
appropriate to use in support of a petition. These sources include, but=20
are not limited to, professional journal articles, official government=20
statistics, official government reports, scientific textbooks, research=20
reports, and industry data.
    Section 392.4(c) provides that if original research reports are=20
used to support a petition, the information should be presented in a=20
form that would be acceptable for publication in a peer reviewed=20
scientific or technical journal. Section 392.4(d) states that if=20
quantitative data are used to support a petition, the presentation of=20
these data should include a complete statistical analysis using=20
conventional statistical methods.
    Section 392.5 sets out the procedures for filing a rulemaking=20
petition with FSIS. Under Sec.  392.5(a), any interested person may=20
file a petition with FSIS. Section 392.5(a) provides that, for purposes=20
of part 392, an ``interested person'' means any individual,=20
partnership, corporation, association, or public or private=20
organization. Section 392.5(b) explains that to file a petition with=20
FSIS, a person should submit the petition to the FSIS Docket Clerk at=20
the address provided in that paragraph. Section 392.5(c) states that=20
when FSIS receives a petition, the Agency will stamp it with the date=20
of filing and assign the petition a number. Section 392.5(c) provides=20
that FSIS will inform the petitioner in writing when a petition has=20
been filed with the Agency. Section 392.5(c) also states that FSIS will=20
provide the petitioner with the number assigned to the petition along=20
with an Agency contact for the petition.
    Section 392.5(d) contains procedures for withdrawing a petition.=20
Under Sec.  392.5(d) a petition may be withdrawn at any time. Section=20
392.5(d) provides that if a petitioner elects to withdraw a petition,=20
the petitioner should inform FSIS in writing. Once a petition is=20
withdrawn, Sec.  392.5(d) permits the petitioner to resubmit the=20
petition at any time.
    Section 392.6 provides for public display of rulemaking petitions=20
and any supporting documentation. Section 392.6(a) provides that unless=20
material is exempt from public disclosure under the Freedom of=20
Information Act (FOIA) (5 U.S.C 552 et seq.), or under any other=20
applicable laws or regulations, all rulemaking petitions, along with=20
any supporting documentation filed with a petition, will be available=20
for public inspection in the FSIS docket room and posted on the FSIS=20
Web site. Section 392.6(b) provides that if FSIS can not readily=20
determine whether information submitted by a petitioner is privileged=20
or confidential business information, FSIS will request that the=20
petitioner submit a written statement that certifies that the petition=20
does not contain confidential information that should not be put on=20
public display. As explained in the proposed rule, when it issues the=20
request, FSIS will also specify a date by which the petitioner must=20
respond. If the petitioner fails to provide the certification by the=20
specified date, FSIS will assume that the information is confidential.
    Section 392.6(c) provides that if FSIS determines that information=20
submitted in support of a petition is exempt from public disclosure=20
under the FOIA, or any other applicable laws or regulations, and that=20
the information would provide the basis for granting the petition, FSIS=20
will inform the petitioner in writing. Under Sec.  392.6(c), the=20
petitioner will then have an opportunity to withdraw the petition or=20
the supporting documentation, or modify the supporting documentation to=20
permit public disclosure.
    Section 392.7 sets out the procedures for submitting comments on a=20
petition that has been filed with FSIS. Section 392.7(a) provides that=20
any interested person may submit written comments on a petition.=20
Section 392.7(b) provides that comments on a petition should be=20
submitted within 60 days of the posting date of the petition, and that=20
the comments should identify the number assigned to the petition to=20
which the comments refer.
    Section 392.7(c) provides that FSIS will consider all comments that=20
are timely submitted as part of its review of a rulemaking petition.=20
Under Sec.  392.7(d), these comments will become part of the petition=20
file and, like the petition, will be on public display in the FSIS=20
docket room and posted on the FSIS Web site. Section 392.7(e) provides=20
that a comment on a petition that is actually a request for an=20
alternative regulatory action should be submitted as a separate=20
petition rather than as a comment. Under Sec.  392.7(f), if FSIS=20
determines that a comment received on a petition is in fact a request=20
for an alternative action, the Agency will inform the commenter in=20
writing. Section 392.7(f) also provides that FSIS will take no further=20
action on the suggested alternative action unless the commenter submits=20
a petition for rulemaking.
    Under Sec.  392.8(a), petitions that request actions that are=20
intended to enhance the public health by removing or reducing foodborne=20
pathogens or other potential food safety hazards that might be present=20
in or on meat, poultry, or egg products qualify for expedited review.=20
Section 392.8(b) provides that for a petition to be considered for=20
expedited review, the petitioner must submit scientific information=20
that demonstrates that the requested action will reduce or remove=20
foodborne pathogens or other potential food safety hazards, and how it=20
will do so. Section 392.8(c) explains that if FSIS determines that a=20
petition should receive expedited review, the Agency will review the=20
petition ahead of other pending petitions. As noted in the proposal, if=20
a petition receives expedited review, the petition will still be=20
subject to all other provisions that apply to rulemaking petitions.
    Section 392.9 provides that information related to the submission=20
and processing of petitions for rulemaking may be found on the FSIS Web=20
site. In conjunction with the issuance of this final rule, FSIS has=20
developed a page on its Web site that explains the petition filing=20
process. Also posted on this Web page is a description of the type of=20
information that is required for FSIS to consider a petition for=20
rulemaking and the type of information that FSIS recommends be=20
submitted with a petition for rulemaking. In addition, after this rule=20
becomes effective, all petitions for rulemaking that are submitted to=20
the Agency, and any comments received on the petitions, will be posted=20
on the FSIS Web site.

Information Needed To Conduct Regulatory Analyses

    In the January 12, 2006, proposed rule, FSIS explained that as part=20
of the

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regulatory development process, Federal agencies are required by law,=20
Executive Order, and regulation to conduct certain analyses on the=20
impact of proposed and final agency regulations. FSIS briefly described=20
the statutes and Executive orders that most often affect rulemakings=20
conducted by FSIS (see 71 FR 1988, 1991).
    As discussed in the preamble to the proposed rule, once a petition=20
is granted, the subsequent rulemaking often requires that FSIS expend=20
substantial resources to conduct the prescribed regulatory impact=20
analyses. Therefore, one of the factors that the Agency considers when=20
evaluating a petition for rulemaking is whether it should commit=20
resources to the development of a particular rule and the analyses that=20
would be required if the Agency were to grant the petition.
    In the January 12, 2006, proposal, FSIS did not propose to require=20
that petitions include data on the potential impacts of a requested=20
regulatory action. However, FSIS did explain that it may be able to=20
more efficiently and effectively evaluate and act on a petition if the=20
petitioner includes supporting data that FSIS can use in connection=20
with the required impact analyses.
    Consistent with the proposal, this final rule does not require that=20
petitioners submit data on the impacts of a requested regulatory=20
action. However, FSIS strongly encourages the submission of these data=20
to help make the Agency's review of rulemaking petitions more effective=20
and efficient and to facilitate regulatory development in the event a=20
petition is granted.

Executive Order 12866 and Regulatory Flexibility Act

    This final rule has been reviewed under Executive Order 12866. It=20
has been determined to be non-significant for purposes of E.O. 12866=20
and, therefore, has not been reviewed by the Office of Management and=20
Budget (OMB).
    This final rule establishes regulations governing the submission of=20
rulemaking petitions to FSIS. It specifies the type of information that=20
must be included in a rulemaking petition if the petition is to be=20
granted and describes the type and quality of data that should be=20
submitted in support of a petition.
    This final rule will benefit persons interested in filing a=20
rulemaking petition with FSIS by providing clear guidance on how to=20
prepare and submit a petition to best ensure prompt and appropriate=20
consideration by the Agency. This final rule will also benefit=20
petitioners by promoting a more timely resolution of their requested=20
regulatory actions.
    Persons interested in petitioning FSIS to issue, amend, or repeal a=20
regulation will bear the costs associated with preparing a rulemaking=20
petition. These costs will vary depending on the complexity of the=20
requested action and the type of documentation needed to support the=20
petition. However, because the decision to submit a petition for=20
rulemaking is voluntary, persons interested in the issuance, amendment,=20
or repeal of a regulation administered by FSIS will most likely submit=20
a rulemaking petition if the benefits of the requested action outweigh=20
the costs of preparing the petition. By encouraging consistency in the=20
content of rulemaking petitions and the submission of adequate=20
supporting documentation, this final rule will reduce the=20
administrative costs associated with the FSIS' review and evaluation of=20
rulemaking petitions, as well as expedite the time it takes for the=20
Agency to review petitions.
    In addition to this final rule, FSIS considered the option of no=20
rulemaking. Under this option, prospective petitioners would continue=20
to rely on the guidelines for the submission, consideration, and=20
disposition of petitions that FSIS published in the 1993 Federal=20
Register notice. FSIS rejected this option because the Agency=20
determined that its procedures for submitting petitions need certain=20
clarification, and that the importance of these procedures should be=20
underscored by adopting this final rule and codified to make them=20
readily available to prospective petitioners.

Effect on Small Entities

    The Administrator, FSIS, has determined that this final rule will=20
not have a significant impact on a substantial number of small=20
entities, as defined by the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601).=20
The decision to submit a petition for rulemaking is voluntary, and=20
therefore, small entities are not required to comply with these final=20
regulations unless they choose to submit a rulemaking petition.=20
Furthermore, although FSIS continues to encourage petitioners to submit=20
relevant data needed to prepare the regulatory analyses that would be=20
required should the petition be granted, the submission of this=20
information is not required under this final rule. FSIS is aware that=20
some small entities may not have access to certain data that are=20
readily available to large companies or industry trade associations.=20
FSIS will take this into consideration when evaluating petitions=20
submitted by small entities.

Executive Order 12988

    This final rule has been reviewed under Executive Order 12988,=20
Civil Justice Reform. This rule: (1) Preempts State and local laws and=20
regulations that are inconsistent with this rule; (2) has no=20
retroactive effect; and (3) does not require administrative proceedings=20
before parties may file suit in court challenging this rule.

Additional Public Notification

    Public awareness of all segments of rulemaking and policy=20
development is important. Consequently, in an effort to ensure that=20
minorities, women, and persons with disabilities are aware of this=20
notice, FSIS will announce it online through the FSIS Web page located=20
at http://frwebga=
te.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/leaving.cgi?from=3DleavingFR.html&log=3Dlin=
klog&to=3Dhttp://www.fsis.usda.gov/regulations_%26_policies/2009_Inte=
rim_%26_Final_Rules_Index/index.asp.
    FSIS will also make copies of this Federal Register publication=20
available through the FSIS Constituent Update, which is used to provide=20
information regarding FSIS policies, procedures, regulations, Federal=20
Register notices, FSIS public meetings, and other types of information=20
that could affect or would be of interest to constituents and=20
stakeholders. The Update is communicated via Listserv, a free=20
electronic mail subscription service for industry, trade groups,=20
consumer interest groups, health professionals, and other individuals=20
who have asked to be included. The Update is also available on the FSIS=20
Web page. Through the Listserv and Web page, FSIS is able to provide=20
information to a much broader and more diverse audience. In addition,=20
FSIS offers an e-mail subscription service which provides automatic and=20
customized access to selected food safety news and information. This=20
service is available at http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/leaving.=
cgi?from=3DleavingFR.html&log=3Dlinklog&to=3Dhttp://www.fsis.usda=
.gov/news_and_events/email_subscription/. Options range from recalls =
to export information=20
to regulations, directives and notices. Customers can add or delete=20
subscriptions themselves, and have the option to password protect their=20
accounts.

Paperwork Reduction Act

    In accordance with section 3507(d) of the Paperwork Reduction Act=20
of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), the information collection or record=20
keeping requirements included in this final rule have been submitted=20
for approval to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). This=20
information collection request is at OMB awaiting approval. FSIS will=20
collect no information

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associated with this rule until the information collection is approved=20
by OMB.
    Copies of this information collection assessment can be obtained=20
from John O'Connell, Paperwork Reduction Act Coordinator, Food Safety=20
and Inspection Service, USDA, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., Room 3532=20
South Building, Washington, DC 20250-3700; (202) 720-0345.

E-Government Act

    FSIS and USDA are committed to achieving the purposes of the E-
Government Act (44 U.S.C. 3601 et seq.) by, among other things,=20
promoting the use of the Internet and other information technologies=20
and providing increased opportunities for citizen access to Government=20
information and services, and for other purposes.

List of Subjects

    Administrative practice and procedure, Freedom of information.

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For the reasons discussed in the preamble, FSIS is amending 9 CFR=20
Chapter III as follows:

SUBCHAPTER D--FOOD SAFETY AND INSPECTION SERVICE ADMINISTRATIVE=20
PROVISIONS

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Subchapter D is amended by adding a new part 392 to read as follows:

PART 392--PETITIONS FOR RULEMAKING

Sec.
392.1 Scope and purpose.
392.2 Definition of petition.
392.3 Required information.
392.4 Supporting documentation.
392.5 Filing procedures.
392.6 Public display.
392.7 Comments.
392.8 Expedited review.
392.9 Availability of additional guidance.

    Authority: 5 U.S.C. 553(e), 7 CFR 1.28.


Sec.  392.1  Scope and purpose.

    This part contains provisions governing the submission of petitions=20
for rulemaking to the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The=20
provisions in this part apply to all rulemaking petitions submitted to=20
FSIS, except to the extent that other parts or sections of this chapter=20
prescribe procedures for submitting a request to amend a particular=20
regulation.


Sec.  392.2  Definition of petition.

    For purposes of this part, a ``petition'' is a written request to=20
issue, amend, or repeal a regulation administered by FSIS. A request to=20
issue, amend, or repeal a document that interprets a regulation=20
administered by FSIS may also be submitted by petition.


Sec.  392.3  Required information.

    To be considered by FSIS, a petition must contain the following=20
information:
    (a) The name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address (if=20
available) of the person who is submitting the petition;
    (b) A full statement of the action requested by the petitioner,=20
including the exact wording and citation of the existing regulation, if=20
any, and the proposed regulation or amendment requested;
    (c) A full statement of the factual and legal basis on which the=20
petitioner relies for the action requested in the petition, including=20
all relevant information and views on which the petitioner relies, as=20
well as information known to the petitioner that is unfavorable to the=20
petitioner's position. The statement should identify the problem that=20
the requested action is intended to address and explain why the=20
requested action is necessary to address the problem.


Sec.  392.4  Supporting documentation.

    (a) Information referred to or relied on in support of a petition=20
should be included in full and should not be incorporated by reference.=20
A copy of any article or other source cited in a petition should be=20
submitted with the petition.
    (b) Sources of information that are appropriate to use in support=20
of a petition include, but are not limited to:
    (1) professional journal articles,
    (2) research reports,
    (3) official government statistics,
    (4) official government reports,
    (5) industry data, and
    (6) scientific textbooks.
    (c) If an original research report is used to support a petition,=20
the information should be presented in a form that would be acceptable=20
for publication in a peer reviewed scientific or technical journal.
    (d) If quantitative data are used to support a petition, the=20
presentation of the data should include a complete statistical analysis=20
using conventional statistical methods.


Sec.  392.5  Filing procedures.

    (a) Any interested person may file a petition with FSIS. For=20
purposes of this part, an ``interested person'' is any individual,=20
partnership, corporation, association, or public or private=20
organization.
    (b) To file a petition with FSIS, a person should submit the=20
petition to the FSIS Docket Clerk, Department of Agriculture, Food=20
Safety and Inspection Service, Room 2534 South Building, 1400=20
Independence Ave., SW., Washington, DC 20250-3700.
    (c) Once a petition is submitted in accordance with this part, it=20
will be filed by the FSIS Docket Clerk, stamped with the date of=20
filing, and assigned a petition number. Once a petition has been filed,=20
FSIS will notify the petitioner in writing and provide the petitioner=20
with the number assigned to the petition and the Agency contact for the=20
petition. The petition number should be referenced by the petitioner in=20
all contacts with the Agency regarding the petition.
    (d) If a petitioner elects to withdraw a petition submitted in=20
accordance with this part, the petitioner should inform FSIS in=20
writing. Once a petition has been withdrawn, the petitioner may re-
submit the petition at any time.


Sec.  392.6  Public display.

    (a) All rulemaking petitions filed with FSIS, along with any=20
documentation submitted in support of a petition, will be available for=20
public inspection in the FSIS docket room and will be posted on the=20
FSIS Web site at http://frw=
ebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/leaving.cgi?from=3DleavingFR.html&log=3D=
linklog&to=3Dhttp://www.fsis.usda.gov/.
    (b) If FSIS cannot readily determine whether information submitted=20
in support of a petition is privileged or confidential business=20
information, FSIS will request that the petitioner submit a written=20
statement that certifies that the petition does not contain=20
confidential information that should not be put on public display. If=20
the petitioner fails to submit the certification within a time=20
specified by FSIS, the Agency will consider the information to be=20
confidential.
    (c) If FSIS determines that a petition, or any documentation=20
submitted in support of a petition, contains information that is exempt=20
from public disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C.=20
552 et seq.) or any other applicable laws or regulations, and that the=20
information would provide the basis for granting the petition, FSIS=20
will inform the petitioner in writing. FSIS will provide the petitioner=20
an opportunity to withdraw the petition or supporting documentation, or=20
modify the supporting documentation to permit public disclosure.


Sec.  392.7  Comments.

    (a) Any interested person may submit written comments on a petition=20
filed with FSIS.
    (b) Comments on a petition should be submitted within 60 days of=20
the posting date of the petition and should identify the number=20
assigned to the petition to which the comments refer.
    (c) FSIS will consider all timely comments on a petition that are=20
submitted in accordance with this

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section as part of its review of the petition.
    (d) All comments on a petition will become part of the petition=20
file and will be available for public inspection in the FSIS docket=20
room and posted on the FSIS Web site at http://frw=
ebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/leaving.cgi?from=3DleavingFR.html&log=3D=
linklog&to=3Dhttp://www.fsis.usda.gov/.
    (e) Any interested person who wishes to suggest an alternative=20
action to the action requested by the petition should submit a separate=20
petition that complies with these regulations and not submit the=20
alternative as a comment on the petition.
    (f) If FSIS determines that a comment received on a petition is in=20
fact a request for an alternative action, the Agency will inform the=20
commenter in writing. The Agency will take no further action on the=20
requested alternative action unless the commenter submits an=20
appropriate petition for rulemaking.


Sec.  392.8  Expedited review.

    (a) A petition will receive expedited review by FSIS if the=20
requested action is intended to enhance the public health by removing=20
or reducing foodborne pathogens or other potential food safety hazards=20
that might be present in or on meat, poultry, or egg products.
    (b) For a petition to be considered for expedited review, the=20
petitioner must submit scientific information that demonstrates that=20
the requested action will reduce or remove foodborne pathogens or other=20
potential food safety hazards that are likely to be present in or on=20
meat, poultry, or egg products, and how it will do so.
    (c) If FSIS determines that a petition warrants expedited review,=20
FSIS will review the petition ahead of other pending petitions.


Sec.  392.9  Availability of additional guidance.

    Information related to the submission and processing of petitions=20
for rulemaking may be found on the FSIS Web site at http://frw=
ebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/leaving.cgi?from=3DleavingFR.html&log=3D=
linklog&to=3Dhttp://www/fsis.usda.gov/.

    Done at Washington, DC, on: April 6, 2009.
Alfred V. Almanza,
Administrator.
 [FR Doc. E9-8106 Filed 4-8-09; 8:45 am]

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