[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 175 (Tuesday, September 10, 2019)]
[Pages 47474-47475]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-19443]

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Food Safety and Inspection Service

[Docket No. FSIS-2019-0021]

Notice of Request To Renew an Approved Information Collection:
Specified Risk Materials

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 renew the
approved information collection regarding specified risk materials in
cattle. The approval for this information collection will expire on
February 29, 2020. There are no changes to the information collection.

DATES: Submit comments on or before November 12, 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-
     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-2019-0021. 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: Specified Risk Materials.
    OMB Control Number: 0583-0129.
    Expiration Date: 2/29/2020.
    Type of Request: Renewal of 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.) and the
Poultry Products Inspection Act (PPIA) (21 U.S.C. 451, et seq.). FSIS
protects the public by verifying that meat and poultry products are
safe, wholesome, not adulterated, and correctly labeled.
    FSIS requires official establishments that slaughter cattle or
process carcasses or parts of cattle to develop written procedures for
the removal, segregation, and disposition of SRMs. The Agency requires
that these establishments maintain daily records to document the
implementation and monitoring of their procedures for the removal,
segregation, and disposition of SRMs, as well as any corrective actions
that they take to ensure that the procedures are effective (9 CFR
    FSIS also requires official slaughter establishments that transport
carcasses or parts of cattle 30 months of age and older and containing
vertebral columns to other federally inspected establishments to
maintain records verifying that the receiving establishments removed
and properly disposed of the portions of the vertebral column
designated as SRMs (9 CFR 310.22(g)).
    This monitoring and recordkeeping is necessary for establishments
to ensure, in a manner that can be verified by FSIS, that meat and meat
products distributed in commerce for use as human food do not contain
    The approval for this information collection will expire on
February 29, 2020. There are no changes to the existing information
collection. FSIS has made the following estimates for the renewal
information collection:
    Estimate of Burden: FSIS estimates that it will take respondents an
average of approximately .116 hours per response.
    Respondents: Official establishments that slaughter cattle or
process parts of cattle.
    Estimated No. of Respondents: 3,512.
    Estimated No. of Annual Responses per Respondent: 303.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 123,916 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
(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.

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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.

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    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

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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).

Carmen M. Rottenberg,
[FR Doc. 2019-19443 Filed 9-9-19; 8:45 am]