[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 63 (Tuesday, April 2, 2019)]
[Notices]
[Pages 12576-12577]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-06298]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Food Safety and Inspection Service

[Docket No. FSIS-2019-0006]


Notice of Request To Revise an Approved Information Collection:
Import of Undenatured Inedible Product and Samples for Laboratory
Examination, Research, Evaluative Testing, or Trade Show Exhibition

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 revise the
approved information collection regarding the importation of
undenatured inedible meat and egg products into the United States. The
approval for this information collection will expire on September 30,
2019. FSIS is adding to this collection a form for samples taken for
laboratory examination, research, evaluative testing, or trade show
exhibition. The Agency has increased the burden estimate by 23,263
hours due to updated information and the addition of this form.

DATES: Submit comments on or before June 3, 2019.

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
commenters the ability to type short comments directly into the comment
field on the web page or to 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-2019-0006. 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: Import of Undenatured Inedible Product and Samples for
Laboratory Examination, Research, Evaluative Testing, or Trade Show
Exhibition.
    OMB Control Number: 0583-0161.
    Expiration Date: 09/30/2019.
    Type of Request: Revision to an approved information collection.
    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.). These
statutes mandate that FSIS protect the public by verifying that meat,
poultry, and egg products are safe, wholesome,

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unadulterated, and properly labeled and packaged.
    FSIS is requesting a revision to the approved information
collection regarding the importation of undenatured inedible products.
FSIS uses the forms in this information collection to identify and keep
track of product not subject to FSIS import reinspection requirements.
The approval for this information collection will expire on September
30, 2019. FSIS is adding to this collection a form for samples of this
product taken for laboratory examination, research, evaluative testing,
or trade show exhibition, to ensure this product is not distributed in
commerce. The Agency has increased the burden estimate by 23,263 hours
due to updated information and the addition of this form.
    Undenatured inedible meat and egg products may be imported into the
United States if they meet the requirements of FSIS's regulations (9
CFR 325.11(e) and 590.45(d)). Additionally, foreign governments are to
petition FSIS for approval to import undenatured inedible egg products
into the United States (9 CFR 590.45(d)).
    Firms complete FSIS Form 9540-4, ``Permit Holder--Importation of
Undenatured Inedible Product'' for the undenatured inedible product
that they are importing into the United States. FSIS uses the
information on the Form 9540-4 to keep track of the movement of
imported undenatured inedible meat and egg products.
    Additionally, meat, poultry, and egg product samples destined for
laboratory examination, research, evaluative testing, or trade show
exhibition are not subject to FSIS import reinspection requirements.
Firms will be required to complete FSIS Form 9540-5, ``Notification of
Intent to Import Meat, Poultry, Or Egg Products `Samples for Laboratory
Examination, Research, Evaluative Testing or Trade Show Exhibition' ''
to ensure that samples imported into the United States are not mixed
with product that will be sold or distributed in commerce. (9 CFR
327.19, and 381.207, and 590.960).
    FSIS has made the following estimates based upon an information
collection assessment:
    Respondents: Importers.
    Estimate of Burden: FSIS estimates that it will take respondents an
average of 115 hours annually to complete and submit these forms to
FSIS.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 209.
    Estimated Number of Annual Responses per Respondent: 360.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 23,930 hours.

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 also announce and provide a link to it 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
Constituent Update is available on the FSIS web page. Through the web
page, FSIS can 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 in Washington.
Carmen M. Rottenberg,
Administrator.
[FR Doc. 2019-06298 Filed 4-1-19; 8:45 am]
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