[Federal Register: December 8, 2010 (Volume 75, Number 235)]
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Food Safety and Inspection Service

[Docket No. FSIS-2010-0034]

 
Notice of Request for a New Information Collection (Public Health 
Information System)

AGENCY: Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regulations, the Food Safety and 
Inspection Service (FSIS) is announcing its intention to request a new 
information collection concerning its Web-based Public Health 
Information System.

DATES: Comments on this notice must be received on or before February 
7, 2011.

ADDRESSES: FSIS invites interested persons to submit comments on this 
notice. Comments may be submitted by either of the following methods:
     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.regulations.gov. Follow the on-line instructions at that site for 
submitting comments.
     Mail, including floppy disks or CD-ROMs, and hand- or 
courier-delivered items: Send to Docket Clerk, U.S. Department of 
Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service, Room 2-2127, George 
Washington Carver Center, 5601 Sunnyside Avenue, Mailstop 5272, 
Beltsville, MD 20705-5272.
    Instructions: All items submitted by mail or electronic mail must 
include the Agency name and docket number FSIS-2010-0034. Comments 
received in response to this docket will be made available for public 
inspection and posted without change, including any personal 
information, to http://www.regulations.gov.
    Docket: For access to background documents or comments received, go 
to the FSIS Docket Room at the address listed above between 8 a.m. and 
4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
    For Additional Information: Contact John O'Connell, Paperwork 
Reduction Act Coordinator, Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA, 
1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Room 6065, South Building, Washington, 
DC 20250; (202) 720-0345.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Public Health Information System 
(PHIS).
    Type of Request: New 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 Poultry Products Inspection 
Act (PPIA) (21 U.S.C. 451, et seq.), and the Egg Products Inspection 
Act (EPIA) (21 U.S.C., et seq.). FSIS protects the public by verifying 
that meat, poultry, and egg products are safe, wholesome, not 
adulterated, and correctly labeled and packaged.
    FSIS is developing a new Web-based system that will improve FSIS 
inspection operations and facilitate industry members' applications for 
inspection, export, and import of meat, poultry, and egg products. When 
the Agency implements PHIS, industry members will use current and new 
FSIS forms in PHIS. Industry will be able to submit some of these forms 
through a series of on-line screens in PHIS; other forms will be 
available in PHIS only as electronic forms. Paper forms will also be 
available to firms that do not wish to use PHIS, except for two forms, 
the Transfer Certificate and the Split/Consolidate Certificate. FSIS 
believes that these forms will be used only by large exporters who 
definitely will take advantage of PHIS.
    To submit information through PHIS, firms' employees will need to 
register for a USDA eAuthentication account with Level 2 access. An 
eAuthentication account enables individuals within and outside of USDA 
to obtain user-identification accounts to access a wide range of USDA 
applications through the Internet. The Level 2 access will provide 
users the ability to conduct official electronic business transactions. 
To register for a Level 2 eAuthentication account, the user will need 
to have access to the Internet and a valid e-mail address. To learn 
more about eAuthentication and how to register for an account, visit 
the USDA Web site at http://www.eauth.egov.usda.gov/.
    Consistent with its current procedures, when FSIS implements PHIS, 
FSIS will continue to collect information from firms regarding 
application for inspection and for the export and import of meat, 
poultry, and egg products. With the implementation of PHIS, firms may 
complete up to three new forms (on-line screen sets) in PHIS when 
exporting meat, poultry, and egg products (9 CFR 322.2, 381.107, and 
590.200). FSIS Form 9080-4, Product List, will be used to provide 
details about products that each FSIS--regulated firm exports, thus 
enabling FSIS to verify whether that product is eligible for export to 
the specified country. A Transfer Certificate will be submitted by 
exporters to FSIS for only a few countries when product is transferred 
from one establishment/plant to another facility before export. A 
Split/Consolidated Certificate will be submitted by exporters to 
indicate that an export shipment approved by FSIS for export is being 
split and sent to two separate destinations or that two or more FSIS-
approved export shipments to the same country are being combined.
    FSIS Form 9080-3, Establishment Application for Export, is 
currently completed by exporters to specify countries where they wish 
to export product (9 CFR 322.2 and 381.105). FSIS uses this information 
to track the export of product. This form is currently approved for 
meat and poultry products (OMB Control Number 0583-0082). FSIS is 
requesting its use for egg products as well (9 CFR 590.200) and its 
conversion to a set of on-line screens for use in PHIS.
    The Application for Export Certificate, FSIS Form 9060-6, is 
currently approved for the export of meat and poultry products (OMB 
Control Number 0583-0094). This form provides FSIS with important data 
necessary to facilitate the export of product (9 CFR 322.2 and 
381.105). FSIS is requesting the additional use of the form for egg 
products and its conversion to a set of on-line screens for use in PHIS 
(9 CFR 590.200).

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    The exporter of product that is exported and then returned to this 
country is to complete FSIS Form 9010-1, Application for the Return of 
Exported Products to the United States, to arrange for the product's 
entry and to notify FSIS (9 CFR 327.17, 381.209, and 590.965). This 
form is currently approved under OMB Control Number 0853-0138. FSIS is 
now requesting its conversion to a series of on-line screens for 
inclusion in PHIS.
    Importers that import meat and poultry products into the United 
States currently complete FSIS Form 9540-1 for re-inspection of the 
product by FSIS (9 CFR 327.5 and 381.198(a)). This form is currently 
approved for the import of meat and poultry products (OMB Control 
Number 0853-138). FSIS is requesting its use also for egg products (9 
CFR 590.900) and its conversion to a series of on-line screens for 
inclusion in PHIS.
    The following three forms will be available in PHIS but not as a 
series of on-line screens: FSIS Form 5200-2, Application for Federal 
Inspection; FSIS Form 5200-6, Application for Approval of Voluntary 
Inspection; and FSIS Form 5200-15, Hours of Operation.
    All official establishments currently complete and submit FSIS Form 
5200-2, Application for Federal Inspection, to receive a grant of 
inspection (9 CFR 304.1 and 381.17) (OMB Control Number 0583-0082). 
FSIS is requesting that the form be changed to include egg products 
(590.140 and 590.146).
    Establishments that want voluntary inspection currently complete 
and submit FSIS Form 5200-6, Application for Approval of Voluntary 
Inspection (9 CFR 350.5, 351.4, 352.3, and 362.3) (OMB Control Number 
0583-0082). FSIS is now requesting that the form be changed to include 
egg products (592.130 and 592.140).
    FSIS is requesting use of the new FSIS Form 5200-15, Hours of 
Operation, as the means by which an establishment or plant will notify 
the Agency of a change in its hours of operation (9 CFR 307.4, 381.37, 
590.124, and 592.96).
    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 79.6 hours per year.
    Respondents: Official establishments, official plants, importers, 
and exporters.
    Estimated No. of Respondents: 770.
    Estimated No. of Annual Responses per Respondent: 465.5.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 61,329 hours.
    Copies of this information collection assessment can be obtained 
from John O'Connell, Paperwork Reduction Act Coordinator, Food Safety 
and Inspection Service, USDA, 1400 Independence, SW., Room 6065, South 
Building, Washington, DC 20250; (202) 720-0345.
    Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of 
information is necessary for the proper performance of FSIS's 
functions, including whether the information will have practical 
utility; (b) the accuracy of FSIS's 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, including 
through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or 
other technological collection techniques, or other forms of 
information technology. Comments may be sent both to FSIS, at the 
addresses provided above, and to the Desk Officer for Agriculture, 
Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and 
Budget, Washington, DC 20253.
    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.

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination 
in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, 
national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, 
sexual orientation, and marital or family status. (Not all prohibited 
bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require 
alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, 
large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA's Target Center at 
202-720-2600 (voice and TTY).
    To file a written complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Office 
of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, 
SW., Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call 202-720-5964 (voice and TTY). 
USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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/2010_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, 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_&_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 accounts.

    Done at Washington, DC, on December 2, 2010.
Alfred V. Almanza,
Administrator.
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