Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection (Exportation, Transportation, and Importation of Meat and Poultry Products), 36054-36055 [E6-9947]

Download as PDF 36054 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 121 / Friday, June 23, 2006 / Notices areas, and facilities such as campgrounds. The Forest Service (FS) used the Recreation Fee Permit Envelope for collection of these fees. Two forms (FS 2300–26, Fee Envelopes and FS 2300–43, Permit for Short-Term, Non-commercial Use of GovernmentOwned Cabins and Lookouts) are used to collect information from visitors. Need and Use of the Information: Personal information such as names, addresses, phone number, length of stay, amount paid, requested dates of occupancy, party size and vehicle registration are collected. FS will collect information from the forms to document when visitors pay a required recreation fee and to schedule requests for use and occupancy of government owned facilities. Description of Respondents: Individuals or households. Number of Respondents: 2,010,000. Frequency of Responses: Reporting: Other (per visit). Total Burden Hours: 105,500. Ruth Brown, Departmental Information Collection Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. E6–9946 Filed 6–22–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–11–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Food Safety and Inspection Service [Docket No. FSIS–2006–0014] Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection (Exportation, Transportation, and Importation 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 an extension of a currently approved information collection regarding exportation, transportation, and importation of meat and poultry products. Comments on this notice must be received on or before August 22, 2006. ADDRESSES: FSIS invites interested persons to submit comments on this information collection request. Comments may be submitted by mail, including floppy disks or CD–ROMs, and hand-or courier-delivered items. jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES DATES: VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:22 Jun 22, 2006 Jkt 208001 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 FSIS–2006–0014. 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/ 2006_Notices_Index/index.asp. FOR FURTHER 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: Exportation, Transportation, and Importation of Meat and Poultry Products. OMB Number: 0583–0094. Expiration Date of Approval: October 31, 2006. Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved 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 extension of an approved information collection addressing paperwork and recordkeeping requirements regarding the collection of information concerning the exportation, transportation, and importation of meat and poultry products. The Agency requires that meat and poultry establishments exporting product to foreign countries complete an export certificate. Establishments must supply the type, the amount, and the destination of product being exported. The form is necessary to certify to the importing countries that FSIS inspectors have inspected the product. Meat and poultry products not bearing the mark of inspection and shipped from one official establishment to another must be transported under PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 FSIS seal to prevent such unmarked product from entering commerce. To track product shipped under seal, FSIS requires shipping establishments to complete a form that identifies the type, amount, and weight of the product. A foreign country exporting meat or poultry products to the U.S. must establish eligibility to import product into the U.S. and annually certify that its inspection system is equivalent to the U.S. inspection system. To maintain eligibility, a written report must be prepared monthly by a representative of the foreign inspection system for each establishment listed in the certification. Additionally, meat and poultry products intended for import into the U.S. must be accompanied by a health certificate, signed by an official of the foreign government, stating that the products have been produced by certified foreign establishments. Establishments or brokers wishing to import product into the United States must complete a form that specifies the type, amount, originating country, and destination of the product. The amount of meat and poultry product imported into the United States is included in FSIS’ annual Report to Congress. Additionally, the Agency has established procedures allowing establishments importing product to stamp such product with the inspection legend before FSIS inspection, if they receive FSIS prior approval. 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 24 hours per annum to collect and submit this information to FSIS. Respondents: Meat and poultry establishments, and importers and exporters. Estimated No. of Respondents: 5,436. Estimated No. of Annual Responses per Respondent: 294. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 127,838 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, E:\FR\FM\23JNN1.SGM 23JNN1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 121 / Friday, June 23, 2006 / Notices 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. jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES 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/ 2006_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 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/ news_and_events/email_subscription/. 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. VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:58 Jun 22, 2006 Jkt 208001 Done at Washington, DC, on June 20, 2006. Barbara J. Masters, Administrator. [FR Doc. E6–9947 Filed 6–22–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–DM–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Food Safety and Inspection Service [Docket No. FSIS 2006–0015] Nominations for Membership on the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), USDA. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: This notice announces that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is soliciting nominations for membership on the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods (NACMCF). Nominations for membership are being sought from individuals with scientific expertise in the fields of epidemiology, food technology, microbiology (food, clinical, and predictive), risk assessment, infectious disease, biostatistics, and other related sciences. Persons from State and Federal governments, industry, consumer groups, and academia, as well as all other interested persons, are invited to submit nominations. Members who are not Federal government employees will be appointed to serve as non-compensated special government employees (SGEs). SGEs will be subject to appropriate conflict of interest statutes and standards of ethical conduct. The nominee’s typed resume or curriculum vitae must be limited to five one-sided pages and should include educational background, expertise, and a select list of publications. For submissions received that are more than five one-sided pages in length, only the first five pages will be considered. DATES: The nominee’s typed resume or curriculum vitae must be received by July 24, 2006. ADDRESSES: Nominations should be sent to Ms. Karen Thomas, Advisory Committee Specialist, USDA, Food Safety and Inspection Service, Room 333 Aerospace Center, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250–3700. FSIS invites interested persons to submit comments on this notice. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: Federal eRulemaking Portal: This Web site provides the ability to type PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 36055 short comments directly into the comment field on this Web page or attach a file for lengthier comments. Go to http://www.regulations.gov and, in the ‘‘Search for Open Regulations’’ box, select ‘‘Food Safety and Inspection Service’’ from the agency drop-down menu, then click on ‘‘Submit.’’ In the Docket ID column, select the FDMS Docket Number FSIS–2006–0015 to submit or view public comments and to view supporting and related materials available electronically. Mail, including floppy disks or CD– ROM’s, and hand- or courier-delivered items: Send to Docket Clerk, USDA, FSIS, FSIS Docket Room, 300 12th Street, SW., Room 102, Cotton Annex Building, Washington, DC 20250. Electronic mail: fsis.regulationscomments@fsis.usda.gov. All submissions received must include the Agency name and docket number FSIS–2006–0015. All comments submitted in response to this notice, as well as research and background information used by FSIS in developing this document, will be posted to the regulations.gov Web site. The background information and comments also 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. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Karen Thomas, Advisory Committee Specialist, at the above address or by telephone at 202–690–6620 or by FAX at 202–690–6634. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background The NACMCF was established in March 1988, in response to a recommendation in a 1985 report of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Food Protection, Subcommittee on Microbiological Criteria, ‘‘An Evaluation of the Role of Microbiological Criteria for Foods.’’ The current charter for the NACMCF and other information about the Committee are available for viewing on the NACMCF homepage at http:// www.fsis.usda.gov/About_FSIS/ NACMCF/index.asp. The Committee provides scientific advice and recommendations to the Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary of Health and Human Services concerning the development of microbiological criteria by which the safety and wholesomeness of food can be assessed. For example, the Committee assists in the development of criteria for microorganisms that indicate whether food has been processed using good manufacturing practices. E:\FR\FM\23JNN1.SGM 23JNN1

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Food Safety and Inspection Service

[Docket No. FSIS-2006-0014]


Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved 
Information Collection (Exportation, Transportation, and Importation 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 an extension of a currently approved information collection 
regarding exportation, transportation, and importation of meat and 
poultry products.

DATES: Comments on this notice must be received on or before August 22, 
2006.

ADDRESSES: FSIS invites interested persons to submit comments on this 
information collection request. Comments may be submitted by mail, 
including floppy disks or CD-ROMs, 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 FSIS-2006-0014.
    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/2006_Notices_Index/index.asp.

FOR FURTHER 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: Exportation, Transportation, and Importation of Meat and 
Poultry Products.
    OMB Number: 0583-0094.
    Expiration Date of Approval: October 31, 2006.
    Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved 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 extension of an approved information collection 
addressing paperwork and recordkeeping requirements regarding the 
collection of information concerning the exportation, transportation, 
and importation of meat and poultry products. The Agency requires that 
meat and poultry establishments exporting product to foreign countries 
complete an export certificate. Establishments must supply the type, 
the amount, and the destination of product being exported. The form is 
necessary to certify to the importing countries that FSIS inspectors 
have inspected the product.
    Meat and poultry products not bearing the mark of inspection and 
shipped from one official establishment to another must be transported 
under FSIS seal to prevent such unmarked product from entering 
commerce. To track product shipped under seal, FSIS requires shipping 
establishments to complete a form that identifies the type, amount, and 
weight of the product.
    A foreign country exporting meat or poultry products to the U.S. 
must establish eligibility to import product into the U.S. and annually 
certify that its inspection system is equivalent to the U.S. inspection 
system. To maintain eligibility, a written report must be prepared 
monthly by a representative of the foreign inspection system for each 
establishment listed in the certification. Additionally, meat and 
poultry products intended for import into the U.S. must be accompanied 
by a health certificate, signed by an official of the foreign 
government, stating that the products have been produced by certified 
foreign establishments. Establishments or brokers wishing to import 
product into the United States must complete a form that specifies the 
type, amount, originating country, and destination of the product. The 
amount of meat and poultry product imported into the United States is 
included in FSIS' annual Report to Congress. Additionally, the Agency 
has established procedures allowing establishments importing product to 
stamp such product with the inspection legend before FSIS inspection, 
if they receive FSIS prior approval.
    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 24 hours per annum to collect and submit this information to 
FSIS.
    Respondents: Meat and poultry establishments, and importers and 
exporters.
    Estimated No. of Respondents: 5,436.
    Estimated No. of Annual Responses per Respondent: 294.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 127,838 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,

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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/2006_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 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/
news_and_events/email_subscription/. 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 June 20, 2006.
Barbara J. Masters,
Administrator.
 [FR Doc. E6-9947 Filed 6-22-06; 8:45 am]
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