Notice of Request for a New Information Collection (Voluntary Recalls of Meat and Poultry Products), 44324-44325 [05-15212]

Download as PDF 44324 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 147 / Tuesday, August 2, 2005 / Notices contained in title 7 of the Code of Federal Regulations, CFR part 301. Implementing these quarantines often requires us to collect information from a variety of individuals who are involved in growing, packing, handling, transporting, and exporting of plants and plant products. The information collected from these individuals is vital to helping ensure that injurious plant diseases and insect pests do not spread within the United States. Information to be collected is necessary to determine compliance with domestic quarantines. Federal/State domestic quarantines are necessary to regulate the movement of articles from infested areas to noninfested area. Collecting information requires the use of a number of forms and documents. APHIS will collect information using various forms and documents. Need and Use of the Information: APHIS will collect information by interviewing growers and shippers at the time the inspections are being conducted and by having growers and shippers of exported plants and plant products complete an application for a transit permit. Information is collected from the growers, packers, shippers, and exporters of regulated articles to ensure that the articles, when moved from a quarantined area, do not harbor injurious plant diseases and insect pests. The information obtained will be used to determine compliance with regulations and for issuance of forms, permits, certificates, and other required documents. Description of Respondents: Business or other for-profit; farm; individuals or households; farms; Federal Government; State, local or tribal government. Number of Respondents: 191,866. Frequency of Responses: Recordkeeping; reporting: on occasion. Total Burden Hours: 98,033. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Title: Hawaiian and Territorial Quarantine Notices. OMB Control Number: 0579–0198. Summary of Collection: Under the Plant Protection Act (7 U.S.C. 7701– 7772), the Secretary of Agriculture is authorized to prohibit or restrict the importation, entry, or movement of plants and plant products to prevent the introduction of plant pest into the United States or their dissemination within the United States. The Plant Protection and Quarantine, a program within the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), is responsible for implementing the Act and does so through the enforcement of its Hawaiian and territorial quarantine VerDate jul<14>2003 17:21 Aug 01, 2005 Jkt 205001 regulations, contained in part 318 of title 7, Code of Federal Regulations. Hawaiian and territorial quarantines are necessary to prevent the spread of dangerous plant diseases and pests. APHIS will collect information using several forms. Need and Use of the Information: APHIS will collect information from a variety of individuals who are involved in growing, packing, handling, and transporting plants and plant products. The information collected will be used to determine compliance with regulations and for issuance of forms, permits, certificates, and other required documents. Description of Respondents: Business or other for-profit. Number of Respondents: 903. Frequency of Responses: Recordkeeping; reporting: on occasion. Total Burden Hours: 646. Charlene Parker, Departmental Information Collection Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 05–15230 Filed 8–1–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–34–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Food Safety and Inspection Service [Docket No. 05–019N] Notice of Request for a New Information Collection (Voluntary Recalls of Meat and Poultry Products) Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regulations, this notice announces the Food Safety and Inspection Service’s (FSIS) intention to request a new information collection regarding the voluntary recalls from commerce of meat and poultry products. DATES: Comments on this notice must be received on or before October 3, 2005. ADDRESSES: FSIS invites interested persons to submit comments on this information collection request. Comments may be submitted by mail, including floppy disks or CD–ROM’s, and hand-or courier-delivered items. Send to Docket Clerk, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service, 300 12th Street, SW., Room 102 Cotton Annex, Washington, DC 20250. All submissions received must include the Agency name and docket number 05–019N. PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 All comments submitted in response to this notice, as well as research and background information used by FSIS in developing this document, will be available for public inspection in the FSIS Docket Room at the address listed above between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The comments also will be posted on the Agency’s Web site at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/ regulations_&_policies/ 2005_Notices_Index/index.asp. FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact John O’Connell, Paperwork Reduction Act Coordinator, Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA, 300 12th Street, SW., Room 112, Washington, DC 20250–3700, (202) 720–0345. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Voluntary Recalls of Meat and Poultry Products. Type of Request: New information collection. Abstract: FSIS has been delegated the authority to exercise the functions of the Secretary 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.). These statutes mandate that FSIS protect the public by ensuring that meat and poultry products are safe, wholesome, unadulterated, and properly labeled and packaged. FSIS is requesting a new information collection addressing paperwork requirements regarding the Agency’s voluntary recalls from commerce of meat and poultry products. Although FSIS is responsible for the inspection of egg products under the Egg Products Inspection Act (EPIA) (21 U.S.C. 1031, et seq.), the Food and Drug Administration handles the recalls of egg products under a Memorandum of Understanding with FSIS. A firm that has produced or imported meat or poultry product that is adulterated or misbranded and is being distributed in commerce, may voluntarily recall the product in question. When there is a recall, FSIS asks that the recalling firm 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 E:\FR\FM\02AUN1.SGM 02AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 147 / Tuesday, August 2, 2005 / Notices 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 product. Sometimes, however, while it is possible to confirm that consignees were notified, and that they are removing product from commerce, it is not possible to ascertain how much product the consignee received. Therefore, FSIS is revising its Report of Recall Effectiveness form to provide a space to include, if necessary, along with other information on the form, an explanation of why the amount of product received by a retail consignee cannot be determined. FSIS has made the following estimates based upon an information collection assessment. Estimate of Burden: FSIS estimates that it will take an average of .97 hours to collect and submit this information to FSIS. Respondents: Official establishments, importers, and retail consignees. Estimated Number of Respondents: 3,060. Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 1. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 2,980 hours. Copies of this information collection assessment can be obtained from John O’Connell, Paperwork Reduction Act Coordinator, Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA, 300 12th Street, SW., Room 112, Washington, DC 20250– 3700, (202) 720–5627, (202) 720–0345. Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of FSIS’ functions, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of FSIS’ estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology 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 on those who are to respond, 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 John O’Connell, Paperwork Reduction Act Coordinator, at the address provided above, and the Desk Officer for Agriculture, Office of VerDate jul<14>2003 17:21 Aug 01, 2005 Jkt 205001 Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, Washington, DC 20253. All 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, in an effort to ensure that the public and in particular minorities, women, and persons with disabilities, are aware of this notice, FSIS will announce it on-line through the FSIS Web page located at http:// www.fsis.usda.gov/regulations/ 2005_Notices_Index/index.asp. FSIS also will make copies of this Federal Register publication available through the FSIS Constituent Update, which is used to provide information regarding FSIS policies, procedures, regulations, Federal Register notices, FSIS public meetings, recalls, and other types of information that could affect or would be of interest to our constituents and stakeholders. The update is communicated via Listserv, a free e-mail subscription service consisting of industry, trade, and farm groups, consumer interest groups, allied health professionals, scientific professionals, and other individuals who have requested to be included. The update also is available on the FSIS web page. Through Listserv and the Web page, FSIS is able to provide information to a much broader, more diverse audience. In addition, FSIS offers an e-mail subscription service which provides an automatic and customized notification when popular pages are updated, including Federal Register publications and related documents. This service is available at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/ news_and_events/email_subscription/ and allows FSIS customers to sign up for subscription options across eight categories. Options range from recalls to export information to regulations, directives and notices. Customers can add or delete subscriptions themselves and have the option to password protect their account. Done at Washington, DC, on: July 28, 2005. Barbara J. Masters, Acting Administrator. [FR Doc. 05–15212 Filed 8–1–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–DM–P PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 44325 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Forest Service Mendocino Resource Advisory Committee Forest Service, USDA. Notice of meeting. AGENCY: ACTION: SUMMARY: The Mendocino County Resource Advisory Committee will meet August 19, 2005, (RAC) in Covelo, California. Agenda items to be covered include: (1) Approval of minutes, (2) Public Comment, (3) Sub-committees (4) Discussion—items of interest (5) Next agenda and meeting date. DATES: The meeting will be held on August 19, 2005, from 9 a.m. until 12 noon. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Mendocino County Museum, located at 400 E. Commercial St., Willits, California. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Roberta Hurt, Committee Coordinator, USDA, Mendocino National Forest, Covelo Ranger District, 78150 Covelo Road, Covelo, CA 95428. (707) 983– 8503; e-mail rhurt@fs.fed.us. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The meeting is open to the public. Persons who wish to bring matters to the attention of the Committee may file written statements with the Committee staff by August 15, 2005. Public comment will have the opportunity to address the committee at the meeting. Dated: July 20, 2005. Blaine Baker, Designated Federal Official. 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[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 147 (Tuesday, August 2, 2005)]
[Notices]
[Pages 44324-44325]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 05-15212]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Food Safety and Inspection Service

[Docket No. 05-019N]


Notice of Request for a New Information Collection (Voluntary 
Recalls of Meat and Poultry Products)

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 the 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regulations, this notice 
announces the Food Safety and Inspection Service's (FSIS) intention to 
request a new information collection regarding the voluntary recalls 
from commerce of meat and poultry products.

DATES: Comments on this notice must be received on or before October 3, 
2005.

ADDRESSES: FSIS invites interested persons to submit comments on this 
information collection request. Comments may be submitted by mail, 
including floppy disks or CD-ROM's, and hand-or courier-delivered 
items. Send to Docket Clerk, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food 
Safety and Inspection Service, 300 12th Street, SW., Room 102 Cotton 
Annex, Washington, DC 20250. All submissions received must include the 
Agency name and docket number 05-019N.
    All comments submitted in response to this notice, as well as 
research and background information used by FSIS in developing this 
document, will be available for public inspection in the FSIS Docket 
Room at the address listed above between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., 
Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The comments also will 
be posted on the Agency's Web site at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/
regulations_&_policies/2005_Notices_Index/index.asp.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact John O'Connell, Paperwork Reduction 
Act Coordinator, Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA, 300 12th 
Street, SW., Room 112, Washington, DC 20250-3700, (202) 720-0345.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Title: Voluntary Recalls of Meat and Poultry Products.
    Type of Request: New information collection.
    Abstract: FSIS has been delegated the authority to exercise the 
functions of the Secretary 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.). These statutes mandate that FSIS 
protect the public by ensuring that meat and poultry products are safe, 
wholesome, unadulterated, and properly labeled and packaged.
    FSIS is requesting a new information collection addressing 
paperwork requirements regarding the Agency's voluntary recalls from 
commerce of meat and poultry products. Although FSIS is responsible for 
the inspection of egg products under the Egg Products Inspection Act 
(EPIA) (21 U.S.C. 1031, et seq.), the Food and Drug Administration 
handles the recalls of egg products under a Memorandum of Understanding 
with FSIS.
    A firm that has produced or imported meat or poultry product that 
is adulterated or misbranded and is being distributed in commerce, may 
voluntarily recall the product in question. When there is a recall, 
FSIS asks that the recalling firm 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

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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 
product. Sometimes, however, while it is possible to confirm that 
consignees were notified, and that they are removing product from 
commerce, it is not possible to ascertain how much product the 
consignee received. Therefore, FSIS is revising its Report of Recall 
Effectiveness form to provide a space to include, if necessary, along 
with other information on the form, an explanation of why the amount of 
product received by a retail consignee cannot be determined.
    FSIS has made the following estimates based upon an information 
collection assessment.
    Estimate of Burden: FSIS estimates that it will take an average of 
.97 hours to collect and submit this information to FSIS.
    Respondents: Official establishments, importers, and retail 
consignees.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 3,060.
    Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 1.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 2,980 hours.
    Copies of this information collection assessment can be obtained 
from John O'Connell, Paperwork Reduction Act Coordinator, Food Safety 
and Inspection Service, USDA, 300 12th Street, SW., Room 112, 
Washington, DC 20250-3700, (202) 720-5627, (202) 720-0345.
    Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of 
information is necessary for the proper performance of FSIS' functions, 
including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) the 
accuracy of FSIS' estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of 
information, including the validity of the methodology 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 on those who are to respond, 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 John O'Connell, 
Paperwork Reduction Act Coordinator, at the address provided above, and 
the Desk Officer for Agriculture, Office of Information and Regulatory 
Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, Washington, DC 20253.
    All 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, in an effort to ensure that the 
public and in particular minorities, women, and persons with 
disabilities, are aware of this notice, FSIS will announce it on-line 
through the FSIS Web page located at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/
regulations/2005_Notices_Index/index.asp.
    FSIS also will make copies of this Federal Register publication 
available through the FSIS Constituent Update, which is used to provide 
information regarding FSIS policies, procedures, regulations, Federal 
Register notices, FSIS public meetings, recalls, and other types of 
information that could affect or would be of interest to our 
constituents and stakeholders. The update is communicated via Listserv, 
a free e-mail subscription service consisting of industry, trade, and 
farm groups, consumer interest groups, allied health professionals, 
scientific professionals, and other individuals who have requested to 
be included. The update also is available on the FSIS web page. Through 
Listserv and the Web page, FSIS is able to provide information to a 
much broader, more diverse audience.
    In addition, FSIS offers an e-mail subscription service which 
provides an automatic and customized notification when popular pages 
are updated, including Federal Register publications and related 
documents. This service is available at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/news_
and_events/email_subscription/ and allows FSIS customers to sign up 
for subscription options across eight categories. Options range from 
recalls to export information to regulations, directives and notices. 
Customers can add or delete subscriptions themselves and have the 
option to password protect their account.

    Done at Washington, DC, on: July 28, 2005.
Barbara J. Masters,
Acting Administrator.
[FR Doc. 05-15212 Filed 8-1-05; 8:45 am]
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