[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 169 (Tuesday, September 2, 2014)]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office
[FR Doc No: 2014-20839]
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Food Safety and Inspection Service
[Docket No. FSIS-2014-0028]
Notice of Request for Renewal of an Information Collection:
Application for Inspection, Accreditation of Laboratories, and
AGENCY: Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA.
ACTION: Notice and request for comments.
SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this
notice announces the Food Safety and Inspection Service's intention to
renew an information collection related to the application for
inspection, accreditation of laboratories, and exemptions. FSIS is
requesting the renewal because the current OMB approval will expire on
January 31, 2015.
DATES: Comments on this notice must be received on or before November
ADDRESSES: FSIS invites interested persons to submit comments on this
notice. Comments may be submitted by one 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
Mail, including CD-ROMs, etc.: Send to Docket Clerk, U.S.
Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service, Docket
Clerk, Patriots Plaza 3, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Mailstop 3782,
Room 8-163A, Washington, DC 20250-3700.
Hand- or courier-delivered submittals: Deliver to Patriots
Plaza 3, 355 E Street SW., Room 8-163A, Washington, DC 20250-3700.
Instructions: All items submitted by mail or electronic mail must
include the Agency name and docket number FSIS-2014-0027. 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 Patriots Plaza 3, 355 E Street SW., Room 8-
164, Washington, DC 20250-3700 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Gina Kouba, Paperwork Reduction Act
Coordinator, Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA, 1400
Independence Avenue SW., Room 6067, South Building, Washington, DC
20250; (202) 690-6510.
Title: Application for Inspection, Accreditation of Laboratories,
OMB Number: 0583-0082.
Expiration Date of Approval: 01/31/2015.
Type of Request: Renewal of a currently approved information
Abstract: FSIS has been delegated the authority to exercise the
functions of the Secretary (7 CFR 2.18, 2.53) 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. 1031, et seq.). FSIS
protects the public by verifying that meat, poultry, and egg products
are safe, wholesome, not adulterated, and correctly labeled and
FSIS is requesting a renewal of a currently approved information
collection addressing paperwork requirements specified in the
regulations relating to the application for inspection, accreditation
of laboratories, and exemptions.
FSIS requires meat and poultry establishments and import facilities
to apply for a grant of inspection before receiving Federal inspection
(9 CFR 304.1 & 381.17). FSIS also requires plants that wish to receive
voluntary inspection to apply for service (9 CFR 350.5, 351.4, 352.3, &
362.3). Establishments that wish to export or import product must also
submit certain documents to the Agency.
The FMIA (21 U.S.C. 642), the PPIA (21 U.S.C. 460(b)), and the EPIA
(21 U.S.C. 1040) require certain parties to keep records that fully and
correctly disclose all transactions involved in their businesses
related to relevant animal carcasses and parts and egg products.
FSIS requires accredited non-Federal analytical laboratories to
maintain certain paperwork and records (9 CFR 439.20 & 590.580). The
Agency uses this collected information to ensure that meat and poultry
establishments and egg products plants provide safe, wholesome, and not
adulterated product, and that non-Federal laboratories act in
accordance with FSIS regulations.
In addition, FSIS also requires establishments to keep records to
ensure that meat and poultry products exempted from Agency inspection
are not commingled with inspected meat and poultry products (9 CFR
303.1(b)(3) & 381.175), and that firms qualifying for a retail store
exemption who have violated the provisions of that exemption are no
longer in violation (9 CFR 303.1(d)(3) & 381.10(d)(3)).
FSIS has made the following estimates based upon an information
Estimate of Burden: FSIS estimates that it will take respondents an
average of .034 hours per response.
Respondents: Official meat and poultry establishments, official egg
plants, and foreign establishments.
Estimated No. of Respondents: 27,743.
Estimated No. of Annual Responses per Respondent: 122.
Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 114,339.4 hours.
All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the
request for OMB approval. All comments will also become a matter of
Copies of this information collection assessment can be obtained
from Gina Kouba, Paperwork Reduction Act Coordinator, Food Safety and
Inspection Service, USDA, 1400 Independence SW., Room 6077, South
Building, Washington, DC 20250, (202) 690-6510.
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 to both FSIS, at the
addresses provided above, and the Desk Officer for Agriculture, Office
of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget,
Washington, DC 20253.
Additional Public Notification
FSIS will announce this notice online through the FSIS Web page
located at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/regulations/federal-register.
FSIS will also 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 constituents and
stakeholders. The Update is communicated via Listserv, a free
electronic mail subscription service for industry, trade groups,
consumer interest groups, health professionals, and other individuals
who have asked to be included. The Update is also available on the FSIS
Web page. In addition, FSIS offers an electronic 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/wps/portal/fsis/programs-and-services/email-subscription-service. 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
USDA Nondiscrimination Statement
No agency, officer, or employee of the USDA shall, on the grounds
of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual
orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status,
income derived from a public assistance program, or political beliefs,
exclude from participation in, deny the benefits of, or subject to
discrimination any person in the United States under any program or
activity conducted by the USDA.
How To File a Complaint of Discrimination
To file a complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program
Discrimination Complaint Form, which may be accessed online at http://
Complaincombined6812.pdf, or write
a letter signed by you or your authorized representative.
Send your completed complaint form or letter to USDA by mail, fax,
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication,
1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250-9410.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for
communication (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.), should contact
USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD).
Done at Washington, DC, on August 27, 2014.
Alfred V. Almanza,
[FR Doc. 2014-20839 Filed 8-29-14; 8:45 am]
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