[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 95 (Wednesday, May 16, 2018)]
[Notices]
[Pages 22612-22613]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-10489]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Food Safety and Inspection Service

[Docket No. FSIS-2018-0018]


Notice of Request To Renew an Approved Information Collection
(Requirements To Notify FSIS of Adulterated or Misbranded Product,
Prepare and Maintain Written Recall Procedures, and Document Certain
HACCP Plan Reassessments)

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 renew the
approved information collection regarding requirements for official
establishments to notify FSIS of adulterated or misbranded product,
prepare and maintain written recall procedures, and document certain
HACCP plan reassessments. The approval for this information collection
will expire on September 30, 2018. FSIS is making no changes to the
approved collection. The public may comment on either the entire
information collection or on one of its three parts.

DATES: Submit comments on or before July 16, 2018.

ADDRESSES: FSIS invites interested persons to submit comments on this
Federal Register notice. Comments may be submitted by one of the
following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: This website 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 CD-ROMs, etc.: Send to Docket Clerk, U.S.
Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service, 1400
Independence Avenue SW, Mailstop 3758, Room 6065, Washington, DC 20250-
3700.
     Hand- or courier-delivered submittals: Deliver to 1400
Independence Avenue SW, Room 6065, Washington, DC 20250-3700.
    Instructions: All items submitted by mail or electronic mail must
include the Agency name and docket number FSIS-2018-0018. 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,
call (202) 720-5627 to schedule a time to visit the FSIS Docket Room at
1400 Independence Avenue SW, Room 6065, Washington, DC 20250-3700.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Gina Kouba, Office of Policy and
Program Development, Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA, 1400
Independence Avenue SW, Room 6065, South Building, Washington, DC
20250-3700; (202) 720-5627.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Title: Requirements for Official Establishments to Notify FSIS of
Adulterated or Misbranded Product, Prepare and Maintain Written Recall
Procedures, and Document Certain HACCP Plan Reassessments.
    OMB Control Number: 0583-0144.
    Expiration Date: 9/30/2018.
    Type of Request: Renewal of an approved information collection.
    Abstract: FSIS, by delegation (7 CFR 2.18, 2.53), exercises 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. 1031, et seq.). These statutes mandate that FSIS
protect the public by verifying that

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meat, poultry, and egg products are safe, wholesome, unadulterated, and
properly labeled and packaged.
    The regulations at 9 CFR 418.2, 418.3 and 417.4(a)(3) require
establishments to notify FSIS of adulterated or misbranded product,
prepare and maintain written recall procedures, and document certain
HACCP plan reassessments. Accordingly, FSIS requires three information
collection activities under these regulations. First, FSIS requires
that official establishments notify the appropriate District Office
that an adulterated or misbranded product received by or originating
from the establishment has entered commerce, if the establishment
believes or has reason to believe that this has happened. Second, FSIS
requires that establishments prepare and maintain written procedures
for the recall of meat and poultry products produced and shipped by the
establishment for use should it become necessary for the establishment
to remove product from commerce. These written recall procedures have
to specify how the establishment will decide whether to conduct a
product recall, and how the establishment will effect the recall should
it decide that one is necessary. Finally, FSIS requires that
establishments document each reassessment of the establishment's HACCP
plans. FSIS requires establishments to reassess their HACCP plans
annually and whenever any changes occur that could affect the hazard
analysis or alter the HACCP plan. For annual reassessments, if the
establishment determines that no changes are necessary, documentation
of this determination is not necessary.
    FSIS is requesting renewal of the approved information collection
addressing paperwork and recordkeeping requirements for these three
activities. The approval for this information collection will expire on
September 30, 2018. FSIS is making no changes to the approved
collection. The public may comment on either the entire information
collection or on one of its three parts. FSIS has made the following
estimates based upon an information collection assessment.
    Estimate of Burden of Average Hours per Response: 1.159.
    Respondents: Official meat and poultry products establishments.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 6,300.
    Estimated Number of Responses: 40,960.
    Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 6.5.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 47,475.
    Copies of this information collection assessment can be obtained
from Gina Kouba, Office of Policy and Program Development, Food Safety
and Inspection Service, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Room 6065,
South Building, Washington, DC 20250-3700; (202) 720-5627.
    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
method 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.
    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, FSIS will announce this Federal
Register publication on-line through the FSIS web page located at:
http://www.fsis.usda.gov/federal-register.
    FSIS also will make copies of this 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 available on the FSIS web page. Through the
web page, FSIS is able to provide information to a much broader, more
diverse audience. In addition, FSIS offers an email 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/subscribe. Options range from recalls to export
information, regulations, directives, and notices. Customers can add or
delete subscriptions themselves, and have the option to password
protect their accounts.

USDA Non-Discrimination 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://www.ocio.usda.gov/sites/default/files/docs/2012/Complain_combined_6_8_12.pdf, or write a letter signed by you or your
authorized representative.
    Send your completed complaint form or letter to USDA by mail, fax,
or email:
    Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of
Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410.
    Fax: (202) 690-7442.
    Email: [email protected].
    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.
Paul Kiecker,
Acting Administrator.
[FR Doc. 2018-10489 Filed 5-15-18; 8:45 am]
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