[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 95 (Wednesday, May 16, 2018)]
[Pages 22611-22612]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-10484]

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Food Safety and Inspection Service

[Docket No. FSIS-2018-0017]

Notice of Request for Revision of an Approved Information
Collection (Voluntary Recalls of Meat, Poultry, and Egg Products)

AGENCY: Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.


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 voluntary recalls from
commerce of meat, poultry, and egg products. FSIS has reduced the
burden estimate by 2,000 hours due to updated information on recall
effectiveness checks. The approval for this information collection will
expire on September 30, 2018.

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-
     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-2018-0017. 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.

    Title: Voluntary Recalls of Meat, Poultry, and Egg Products.
    OMB Control Number: 0583-0135.
    Expiration Date: 9/30/2018.
    Type of Request: Revision 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) (21U.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, unadulterated, and properly labeled and packaged.
    FSIS is requesting a revision to the approved information
collection addressing paperwork requirements regarding the Agency's
requests that establishments voluntarily recall from commerce of meat,
poultry, and egg products. FSIS has reduced the burden estimate by
2,000 hours due to updated information on recall effectiveness checks.
The approval for this information collection will expire on September
30, 2018.
    FSIS requests that a firm that has produced or imported meat,
poultry, or egg product that is adulterated or misbranded and has
distributed it in commerce recall the product in question. When there
is a recall, FSIS asks that the recalling firm (e.g., a manufacturer,
distributor, or importer of record) provide the Agency with some basic
information, including the identity of the recalled product, the reason
for the recall, and information about the distributors and retail
consignees to whom the product was actually shipped. Under the FMIA,
firms are required to keep such records that fully and correctly
disclose all transactions in their business (21 U.S.C. 642). Under the
PPIA, firms are required to keep such records as are properly necessary
for the effective enforcement of the PPIA (21 U.S.C. 460(b)).
    When a firm voluntarily recalls a product, FSIS conducts recall
effectiveness checks. In conducting recall effectiveness checks, if the
recall is to the retail or consumer level, the Agency contacts the
distributors and actual retail consignees to ensure that they were
notified of the recall, to verify the amount of product they received,
and to confirm that they are removing the product from commerce and
returning it to the recalling firm or otherwise disposing of the
    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 approximately 1.08 hours to collect and make this
information available to FSIS.
    Respondents: Official establishments, importers of record, and
retail consignees.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 6,090.
    Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 1.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 6,600 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

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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:
    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.

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    Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of
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USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD).

    Done at Washington, DC.
Paul Kiecker,
Acting Administrator.
[FR Doc. 2018-10484 Filed 5-15-18; 8:45 am]