[Federal Register: June 15, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 115)]
[Page 33193-33194]
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Food Safety and Inspection Service

[Docket No. FSIS-2007-0014]

Notice of Request for Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection (Advanced Meat Recovery)

AGENCY: Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.


SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and the 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regulations, the Food Safety and 
Inspection Service (FSIS) is announcing its intention to request a 
revision of an approved information collection regarding the regulatory 
requirements associated with the production of meat from Advanced Meat 
Recovery systems to reflect its most recent plant data, which support a 
finding of fewer total burden hours.

DATES: Comments on this notice must be received on or before August 14, 

ADDRESSES: FSIS invites interested persons to submit comments on this 
notice. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods:
     Mail, including floppy disks or CD-ROM's, and hand-or 
courier-delivered items: Send to Docket Clerk, U.S. Department of 
Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service, 300 12th Street, SW., 
Room 102 Cotton Annex, Washington, DC 20250.
     Electronic mail: fsis.regulationscomments@fsis.usda.gov.
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: This Web site provides the 
ability to type short comments directly into the comment field on this 
Web page or attach a file for lengthier comments. Go to http://www.regulation.gov
 and in the ``Search for Open Regulations'' box, 

select ``Food Safety and Inspection Service'' from the agency drop-down 
menu, then click on ``Submit.'' In the Docket ID column, select FDMS 
Docket Number FSIS-2007-0014 to submit or view public comments and to 
view supporting and related materials available electronically.
    All submissions received by mail or electronic mail must include 
the Agency name and docket number. All comments submitted in response 
to this document,

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as well as research and background information used by FSIS in 
developing this document, will be available for public inspection in 
the FSIS Docket Room at the address listed above between 8:30 a.m. and 
4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. Comments 
will also be posted on the Agency's Web site at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/regulations_&_policies/2007_Notices_Index/index.asp.
 Individuals who do not wish FSIS to post their 

personal contact information--mailing address, e-mail address, and 
telephone number--on the Internet may leave the information off their 

For Additional Information Contact: John O'Connell, Paperwork Reduction 
Act Coordinator, Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA, 300 12th 
Street, SW., Room 112, Washington, DC 20250-3700, (202) 720-0345.

    Title: Advanced Meat Recovery.
    OMB Number: 0583-0130.
    Expiration Date of Approval: 10/31/2007.
    Type of Request: Revision of an approved information collection.
    Abstract: FSIS has been delegated the authority to exercise the 
functions of the Secretary as specified in the Federal Meat Inspection 
Act (FMIA) (21 U.S.C. 601, et seq.). The statute provides that FSIS is 
to protect the public by verifying that meat products are safe, 
wholesome, unadulterated, and properly labeled and packaged.
    FSIS is requesting revision of an approved information collection 
addressing paperwork and recordkeeping requirements regarding the 
regulatory requirements associated with the production of meat from 
Advanced Meat Recovery (AMR) systems. The Agency is revising the AMR 
information collection based on its most recent plant data, which 
support a finding of fewer total burden hours than there are in the 
approved information collection.
    FSIS requires that official establishments that produce meat from 
AMR systems (1) ensure that the bones used for the systems do not 
contain brain, trigeminal ganglia, or spinal cord and are from animals 
younger than 30 months of age; (2) test for calcium, iron, spinal cord, 
and dorsal root ganglia (DRG); (3) document their testing protocols; 
(4) handle product in a manner that does not cause product to be 
misbranded or adulterated; and (5) maintain records of their 
documentation and of their test results (9 CFR 318.24).
    FSIS has made the following estimates based upon an information 
collection assessment:
    Estimate of Burden: FSIS estimates that it will take respondents an 
average of a half hour per response.
    Respondents: Official establishments that produce meat from AMR 
    Estimated No. of Respondents: 56.
    Estimated No. of Annual Responses per Respondent: 900.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 25,209 hours.
    Copies of this information collection assessment can be obtained 
from John O'Connell, Paperwork Reduction Act Coordinator, Food Safety 
and Inspection Service, USDA, 300 12th Street, SW., Room 112, 
Washington, DC 20250-3700, (202) 720-5627, (202)720-0345.
    Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of 
information is necessary for the proper performance of FSIS' functions, 
including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) the 
accuracy of FSIS' estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of 
information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions 
used; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and,(d) ways to minimize the burden of the 
collection of information on those who are to respond, including 
through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or 
other technological collection techniques, or other forms of 
information technology. Comments may also be sent to the Desk Officer 
for Agriculture, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office 
of Management and Budget, Washington, DC 20253.
    All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the 
request for OMB approval. All comments will also become a matter of 
public record.

Additional Public Notification

    Public awareness of all segments of rulemaking and policy 
development is important. Consequently, in an effort to ensure that the 
public and in particular minorities, women, and persons with 
disabilities, are aware of this notice, FSIS will announce it on-line 
through the FSIS web page located at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/regulations/2007_Notices_Index/index.asp

    FSIS also will make copies of this Federal Register publication 
available through the FSIS Constituent Update, which is used to provide 
information regarding FSIS policies, procedures, regulations, Federal 
Register notices, FSIS public meetings, recalls, and other types of 
information that could affect or would be of interest to our 
constituents and stakeholders. The update is communicated via Listserv, 
a free e-mail subscription service consisting of industry, trade, and 
farm groups, consumer interest groups, allied health professionals, 
scientific professionals, and other individuals who have requested to 
be included. The update also is available on the FSIS web page. Through 
Listserv and the web page, FSIS is able to provide information to a 
much broader, more diverse audience.
    In addition, FSIS offers an e-mail subscription service which 
provides automatic and customized access to selected food safety news 
and information. This service is available at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/news_and_events/email_subscription/
 Options range from recalls to 

export information to regulations, directives and notices. Customers 
can add or delete subscriptions themselves and have the option to 
password protect their account.

    Done at Washington, DC, on June 11, 2007.
David P. Goldman,
Acting Administrator.
[FR Doc. E7-11622 Filed 6-14-07; 8:45 am]