[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 36 (Monday, February 24, 2020)]
[Pages 10401-10402]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2020-03552]



Food Safety and Inspection Service

[Docket No. FSIS-2019-0029]

Notice of Request for a New Information Collection: Voluntary
Destruction of Imported 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 create a new
information collection regarding the voluntary destruction of imported
meat, poultry, and egg products. This is a new information collection
with an estimated burden of 17,818 hours.

DATES: Submit comments on or before April 24, 2020.

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
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-2019-0029. 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 Destruction of Imported Meat, Poultry, and Egg
    OMB Control Number: 0583-XXXX.
    Type of Request: Request for a new 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, unadulterated, and
properly labeled and packaged.
    Imported meat, poultry, and egg products that do not comply with
U.S. requirements are not allowed to enter U.S. commerce and are
identified as ``U.S. Refused Entry'' product. Inspection Program
Personnel (IPP) are required to verify that U.S. refused entry product
is stored and segregated from other product at an official import
inspection establishment until final disposition occurs, or permission
to move the shipment is granted by a FSIS Office of Field Operations
(OFO) District Office (DO).
    The regulations at 9 CFR 327.13, 381.202, 557.13, and 590.945
provide different options for the disposition of U.S. Refused entry
product, including: (1) Exportation (return) of the product to the
originating country or to a third country, if permitted; (2)
destruction of the product for human food purposes; (3) denaturing the
product so it cannot be used for human food; (4) conversion of the
product to animal food if permitted and approved by the Food and Drug
Administration (FDA), and that permission is communicated to the FSIS
DO; and (5) rectification if the reason for refusal has been corrected.
    FSIS is requesting a new information collection to document the
Importer/Broker/Agent decision to voluntarily destroy product for human
food purposes. This information collection is applicable only to
destruction witnessed by FSIS IPP. FSIS IPP will use the information
during the observation of the product destruction to verify that the
product being destroyed is the same product that was refused entry and
that the product is controlled by the import establishment until
destruction is completed. This is a new information collection with an
estimated burden of 17,818 hours.
    The Importer/Broker/Agent will complete FSIS Form 9840-4, Voluntary
Destruction of Imported Meat (Including Siluriformes), Poultry, and Egg
Product, for product that will be destroyed under FSIS supervision. The
form will be maintained in the FSIS case file. IPP will also enter
information into the Public Health Information System (PHIS) based on
the information provided on the form.
    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 5 minutes per response.
    Respondents: Importers/Brokers/Agents.
    Estimated Total Number of Respondents: 151.
    Estimated Annual Number of Responses per Respondent: 1,416.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 17,818 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.

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    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
(OMB), 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 will also announce and provide a link to this Federal Register
publication 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
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).

Paul Kiecker,
Deputy Administrator.
[FR Doc. 2020-03552 Filed 2-21-20; 8:45 am]