Harvard Risk Assessment of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) Update; Notice of Availability and Technical Meeting, 39282-39283 [E6-10928]

Download as PDF 39282 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 133 / Wednesday, July 12, 2006 / Notices Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 227,209 hours. Total Annual Reporting/ Recordkeeping Requirements: 462,362 hours. Dated: July 6, 2006. Roberto Salazar, Administrator, Food and Nutrition Service. [FR Doc. E6–10960 Filed 7–11–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–30–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Food Safety and Inspection Service [Docket No. FSIS–2006–0011] Harvard Risk Assessment of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) Update; Notice of Availability and Technical Meeting Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice of availability and announcement of technical meeting. sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is announcing the availability of an updated risk assessment model and report for BSE. The previous risk assessment, released in October 2003, was revised to incorporate information available through December 2003, including the discovery of a BSE-infected cow in Washington State. The revised risk assessment model evaluates the impact of measures implemented after the discovery of the BSE-positive cow and recommendations made by an international BSE panel. FSIS will also hold a technical meeting to discuss the updated risk assessment model and report. DATES: The public meeting will be held on July 25, 2006, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Comments on the updated Harvard Risk Assessment must be received by August 11, 2006. ADDRESSES: The public meeting will take place in the Jefferson Auditorium of the South Building of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC, 20250. Meeting attendees must enter the South Building at Wing 1, 14th and Independence Avenue. FSIS will finalize an agenda on or before the meeting date and will post it on the FSIS Internet Web page http://www.fsis.usda.gov/News/ Meetings_&_Events/. The updated risk assessment is available for viewing by the public in the FSIS docket room and on the FSIS Web site at: http:// www.fsis.usda.gov/Science/ Risk_Assessments/index.asp. VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:23 Jul 11, 2006 Jkt 208001 All comments and the official transcript of the meeting will be available for viewing by the public in the FSIS docket room and on the FSIS Web site when they become available. Comments on the updated Harvard Risk Assessment may be submitted by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: This Web site 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 and, in the ‘‘Search for Open Regulations’’ box, select ‘‘Food Safety and Inspection Service’’ from the agency drop-down menu, and then click on ‘‘Submit.’’ In the Docket ID column, select FDMS Docket Number FSIS–2006–0011 to submit or view public comments and to view supporting and related materials available electronically. This docket can be viewed using the ‘‘Advanced Search’’ function in Regulations.gov. • 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. • Electronic mail: fsis.regulationscomments@fsis.usda.gov. All submissions received by mail and electronic mail must include the Agency name and docket number FSIS–2006– 0011. All comments submitted in response to this notice 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. The comments also will be posted to the regulations.gov Web site and on the Agency’s Web site at: http:// www.fsis.usda.gov/ regulations_&_policies/ 2006_Notices_Index/index.asp. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Chuanfa Guo, Senior Risk Analyst, Risk Assessment Division, Office of Public Health Science, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Room 344, Aerospace Center, Washington, DC 20250–3700; Telephone (202) 690–0817, e-mail Chuanfa.guo@fsis.usda.gov. Pre-registration for this meeting is recommended. To pre-register, please contact Diane Jones at (202) 720–9692 or by e-mail at Diane.Jones@fsis.usda.gov. Persons requiring a sign language interpreter or special accommodations should contact Ms. Jones as soon as possible. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In April 1998, USDA entered into a cooperative agreement with the Harvard PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Center for Risk Analysis (HCRA) of the Harvard School of Public Health and the Center for Computational Epidemiology at Tuskegee University to conduct a comprehensive investigation of the BSE risk in the United States. The report,1 widely referred to as the Harvard Risk Assessment, was completed in 2001 and released by USDA in December of that year. Following a peer review conducted in 2002, the authors of the risk assessment responded to the peer review comments and submitted a revised risk assessment to USDA in October 2003.2 Following confirmation on December 23, 2003, of BSE in a cow in Washington State, both USDA and the Department of Health and Human Service’s (HHS’s) Food and Drug Administration (FDA) implemented measures to strengthen protections against BSE in the United States. In May 2004, USDA contracted with the HCRA to revise the Harvard Risk Assessment model to reflect information available through December 2003. USDA also contracted with the HCRA to develop a new baseline for the risk assessment model, analyze the effects of the measures implemented by USDA and FDA in response to the confirmation of the BSE case in Washington State, and analyze recommendations made by an international expert BSE panel that was convened at the request of the Secretary of Agriculture to review the actions taken by the United States in response the confirmation of the BSE case in Washington State. The authors submitted an updated risk assessment to FSIS in June 2005, and a peer review of the updated risk assessment was completed in September 2005. The final updated risk assessment and the revised risk assessment model 1 Harvard Center for Risk Analysis, Harvard School of Public Health, and Center for Computational Epidemiology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Tuskegee University, ‘‘Evaluation of the Potential for Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy in the United States,’’ http://www.aphis.usda.gov/lpa/ issues/bse/risk_assessment/mainreporttext.pdf, 2001. 2 Research Triangle Institute, ‘‘Review of the Evaluation of the Potential for Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy in the United States,’’ accessed online at http://www.aphis.usda.gov/lpa/issues/bse/ BSE_Peer_Review.pdf, 2002. Harvard Center for Risk Analysis, Harvard School of Public Health, ‘‘Evaluation of the Potential for Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy in the United States: Response to Reviewer Comments Submitted by Research Triangle Institute,’’ http:// www.aphis.usda.gov/lpa/issues/bse/ ResponsetoComments.pdf, 2003. Harvard Center for Risk Analysis, Harvard School of Public Health, and Center for Computational Epidemiology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Tuskegee University, ‘‘Evaluation of the Potential for Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy in the United States,’’ http://www.aphis.usda.gov/lpa/ issues/bse/madcow.pdf, 2003. E:\FR\FM\12JYN1.SGM 12JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 133 / Wednesday, July 12, 2006 / Notices sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES were submitted following the peer review. This document announces that FSIS is making the 2005 updated Harvard Risk Assessment available to the public. The Agency will also hold a public technical meeting to provide information on the 2005 updated Harvard Risk Assessment. At this meeting, the developers of the risk assessment model will explain the modifications that have been made to the model and FSIS will present the results of the various risk mitigation scenarios that were analyzed using the updated model. 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_&_policies/ 2006_Notices_Index/index.asp. The Regulations.gov Web site is the central online rulemaking portal of the United States government. It is being offered as a public service to increase participation in the Federal government’s regulatory activities. FSIS participates in Regulations.gov and will accept comments on documents published on the site. The site allows visitors to search by keyword or Department or Agency for rulemakings that allow for public comment. Each entry provides a quick link to a comment form so that visitors can type in their comments and submit them to FSIS. The Web site is located at http://www.regulations.gov. 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 VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:23 Jul 11, 2006 Jkt 208001 39283 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. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: William Kenney, Senior Loan Specialist, Community Programs, RHS, USDA, STOP 0787, Rm. 0183, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., Washington, DC 20250–0787, Telephone (202) 720– 1506, Facsimile (202) 690–0471, E-mail: william.kenney@wdc.usda.gov. You may also obtain information from the RCDI Web site: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/ rhs/rcdi/index.htm. Barbara J. Masters, Administrator. [FR Doc. E6–10928 Filed 7–11–06; 8:45 am] Programs Affected This program is listed in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance under Number 10.446. This program is not subject to the provisions of Executive Order 12372, which requires intergovernmental consultation with State and local officials. BILLING CODE 3410–DM–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Rural Housing Service Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) Inviting Applications for the Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) AGENCY: Rural Housing Service, USDA. Notice of solicitation of applications. ACTION: SUMMARY: This Notice announces the availability of approximately $6 million of grant funds for the RCDI program through the Rural Housing Service (RHS), an agency within the USDA Rural Development mission area herein referred to as the Agency. Applicants must provide matching funds in an amount at least equal to the Federal grant. 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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Food Safety and Inspection Service

[Docket No. FSIS-2006-0011]


Harvard Risk Assessment of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) 
Update; Notice of Availability and Technical Meeting

AGENCY: Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of availability and announcement of technical meeting.

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SUMMARY: The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is announcing 
the availability of an updated risk assessment model and report for 
BSE. The previous risk assessment, released in October 2003, was 
revised to incorporate information available through December 2003, 
including the discovery of a BSE-infected cow in Washington State. The 
revised risk assessment model evaluates the impact of measures 
implemented after the discovery of the BSE-positive cow and 
recommendations made by an international BSE panel. FSIS will also hold 
a technical meeting to discuss the updated risk assessment model and 
report.

DATES: The public meeting will be held on July 25, 2006, from 1 p.m. to 
4 p.m. Comments on the updated Harvard Risk Assessment must be received 
by August 11, 2006.

ADDRESSES: The public meeting will take place in the Jefferson 
Auditorium of the South Building of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 
1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC, 20250. Meeting attendees 
must enter the South Building at Wing 1, 14th and Independence Avenue. 
FSIS will finalize an agenda on or before the meeting date and will 
post it on the FSIS Internet Web page http://www.fsis.usda.gov/News/
Meetings_&_Events/. The updated risk assessment is available for 
viewing by the public in the FSIS docket room and on the FSIS Web site 
at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/Science/Risk_Assessments/index.asp.
    All comments and the official transcript of the meeting will be 
available for viewing by the public in the FSIS docket room and on the 
FSIS Web site when they become available.
    Comments on the updated Harvard Risk Assessment may be submitted by 
any of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: This Web site 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 and, in the ``Search for Open Regulations'' box, 
select ``Food Safety and Inspection Service'' from the agency drop-down 
menu, and then click on ``Submit.'' In the Docket ID column, select 
FDMS Docket Number FSIS-2006-0011 to submit or view public comments and 
to view supporting and related materials available electronically. This 
docket can be viewed using the ``Advanced Search'' function in 
Regulations.gov.
     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.
     Electronic mail: fsis.regulationscomments@fsis.usda.gov.
    All submissions received by mail and electronic mail must include 
the Agency name and docket number FSIS-2006-0011. All comments 
submitted in response to this notice 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. The comments also will 
be posted to the regulations.gov Web site and on the Agency's Web site 
at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/regulations_&_policies/2006_Notices_
Index/index.asp.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Chuanfa Guo, Senior Risk Analyst, 
Risk Assessment Division, Office of Public Health Science, 1400 
Independence Avenue, SW., Room 344, Aerospace Center, Washington, DC 
20250-3700; Telephone (202) 690-0817, e-mail Chuanfa.guo@fsis.usda.gov.
    Pre-registration for this meeting is recommended. To pre-register, 
please contact Diane Jones at (202) 720-9692 or by e-mail at 
Diane.Jones@fsis.usda.gov. Persons requiring a sign language 
interpreter or special accommodations should contact Ms. Jones as soon 
as possible.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    In April 1998, USDA entered into a cooperative agreement with the 
Harvard Center for Risk Analysis (HCRA) of the Harvard School of Public 
Health and the Center for Computational Epidemiology at Tuskegee 
University to conduct a comprehensive investigation of the BSE risk in 
the United States. The report,\1\ widely referred to as the Harvard 
Risk Assessment, was completed in 2001 and released by USDA in December 
of that year. Following a peer review conducted in 2002, the authors of 
the risk assessment responded to the peer review comments and submitted 
a revised risk assessment to USDA in October 2003.\2\
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    \1\ Harvard Center for Risk Analysis, Harvard School of Public 
Health, and Center for Computational Epidemiology, College of 
Veterinary Medicine, Tuskegee University, ``Evaluation of the 
Potential for Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy in the United 
States,'' http://www.aphis.usda.gov/lpa/issues/bse/risk_assessment/
mainreporttext.pdf, 2001.
    \2\ Research Triangle Institute, ``Review of the Evaluation of 
the Potential for Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy in the United 
States,'' accessed online at http://www.aphis.usda.gov/lpa/issues/
bse/BSE_Peer_Review.pdf, 2002.
    Harvard Center for Risk Analysis, Harvard School of Public 
Health, ``Evaluation of the Potential for Bovine Spongiform 
Encephalopathy in the United States: Response to Reviewer Comments 
Submitted by Research Triangle Institute,'' http://
www.aphis.usda.gov/lpa/issues/bse/ResponsetoComments.pdf, 2003.
    Harvard Center for Risk Analysis, Harvard School of Public 
Health, and Center for Computational Epidemiology, College of 
Veterinary Medicine, Tuskegee University, ``Evaluation of the 
Potential for Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy in the United 
States,'' http://www.aphis.usda.gov/lpa/issues/bse/madcow.pdf, 2003.
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    Following confirmation on December 23, 2003, of BSE in a cow in 
Washington State, both USDA and the Department of Health and Human 
Service's (HHS's) Food and Drug Administration (FDA) implemented 
measures to strengthen protections against BSE in the United States. In 
May 2004, USDA contracted with the HCRA to revise the Harvard Risk 
Assessment model to reflect information available through December 
2003. USDA also contracted with the HCRA to develop a new baseline for 
the risk assessment model, analyze the effects of the measures 
implemented by USDA and FDA in response to the confirmation of the BSE 
case in Washington State, and analyze recommendations made by an 
international expert BSE panel that was convened at the request of the 
Secretary of Agriculture to review the actions taken by the United 
States in response the confirmation of the BSE case in Washington 
State.
    The authors submitted an updated risk assessment to FSIS in June 
2005, and a peer review of the updated risk assessment was completed in 
September 2005. The final updated risk assessment and the revised risk 
assessment model

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were submitted following the peer review.
    This document announces that FSIS is making the 2005 updated 
Harvard Risk Assessment available to the public. The Agency will also 
hold a public technical meeting to provide information on the 2005 
updated Harvard Risk Assessment. At this meeting, the developers of the 
risk assessment model will explain the modifications that have been 
made to the model and FSIS will present the results of the various risk 
mitigation scenarios that were analyzed using the updated model.

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_&_policies/2006_Notices_Index/index.asp.
    The Regulations.gov Web site is the central online rulemaking 
portal of the United States government. It is being offered as a public 
service to increase participation in the Federal government's 
regulatory activities. FSIS participates in Regulations.gov and will 
accept comments on documents published on the site. The site allows 
visitors to search by keyword or Department or Agency for rulemakings 
that allow for public comment. Each entry provides a quick link to a 
comment form so that visitors can type in their comments and submit 
them to FSIS. The Web site is located at http://www.regulations.gov.
    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 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.

Barbara J. Masters,
Administrator.
 [FR Doc. E6-10928 Filed 7-11-06; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 3410-DM-P