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This action has been determined to be significant for the purposes of Executive Order 12866 and, therefore, has been reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget. jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES Authority: 7 U.S.C. 8301–8317; 7 CFR 2.22, 2.80, and 371. Done in Washington, DC, this 16th day of September 2008. Bruce Knight, Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs. [FR Doc. E8–21977 Filed 9–18–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–34–P VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:25 Sep 18, 2008 Jkt 214001 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Food Safety and Inspection Service [Docket No. FSIS–2008–0032] Codex Alimentarius Commission: 2nd Session of the Codex ad hoc Intergovernmental Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance Office of the Under Secretary for Food Safety, USDA. ACTION: Notice of public meeting. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Office of the Under Secretary for Food Safety, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are sponsoring a public meeting on September 25, 2008, to discuss the agenda items coming before the 2nd session of the Codex ad hoc Intergovernmental Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) and to present draft U.S. positions on the agenda items. The 2nd session of the AMR will be held in Seoul, Korea, October 20–24, 2008. The Under Secretary and FDA recognize the importance of providing interested parties the opportunity to comment on the agenda items that will be discussed at this forthcoming session of AMR. DATES: The public meeting is scheduled for Thursday, September 25, 2008, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. ADDRESSES: The public meeting will be held at FDA, 7519 Standish Place, Room 152, Rockville, MD. Documents related to the 2nd session of the AMR will be accessible via the World Wide Web at the following address: http:// www.codexalimentarius.net/ current.asp. For Further Information About the 2nd Session of the AMR Contact: U.S. Delegate, Dr. David White, Director, National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS), FDA, Center for Veterinary Medicine, Office of Research, 8401 Muirkirk Rd., Laurel, MD 20798, Phone: (301) 210–4181, E-mail: david.white@fda.hhs.gov. For Further Information About the Public Meeting Contact: Edith Kennard, Staff Officer, U.S. Codex Office, Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), Room 4861, South Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250, Phone: (202) 720–5261, Fax: (202) 720–3157, E-mail: edith.kennard@fsis.usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background The Codex Alimentarius (Codex) was established in 1963 by two United PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 54361 Nations organizations, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO). Through adoption of food standards, codes of practice, and other guidelines developed by its committees, and by promoting their adoption and implementation by governments, Codex seeks to protect the health of consumers and ensure that fair practices are used in trade. The Codex ad hoc Intergovernmental Task Force on AMR was established by the 29th Session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission in 2006 to develop science-based guidance to be used to assess the risks to human health associated with the presence in food and feed, including aquaculture, and the transmission through food and feed of antimicrobial resistant microorganisms and antimicrobial resistance genes. The AMR Task Force would also consider appropriate risk management options to reduce such risk. The Task Force is hosted by the Republic of Korea. Issues To Be Discussed at the Public Meeting The following items on the agenda for the 2nd session of the AMR will be discussed during the public meeting: • Matters Referred to the Committee from Other Codex Bodies • Information on the Work by FAO, WHO, and the World Organization for Animal Health on Antimicrobial Resistance • Proposed Draft Risk Assessment Guidance Regarding Foodborne Antimicrobial Resistant Microorganisms (Report of the Working Group) • Proposed Draft Guidance on Creating Risk Profiles for Antimicrobial Resistant Foodborne Microorganisms for Setting Risk Assessment and Management Priorities (Report of the Working Group) • Proposed Draft Risk Management Guidance to Contain Foodborne Antimicrobial Resistant Microorganisms (Report of the Working Group) Each issue listed will be fully described in documents distributed, or to be distributed, by the Korean Secretariat to the meeting. Members of the public may access copies of these documents at http:// www.codexalimentarius.net/ current.asp. Public Meeting At the September 25, 2008, public meeting, draft U.S. positions on these agenda items will be described and discussed, and attendees will have the opportunity to pose questions and offer comments. Written comments may be offered at the meeting or sent to the U.S. E:\FR\FM\19SEN1.SGM 19SEN1 54362 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 183 / Friday, September 19, 2008 / Notices Delegate to the Task Force on AMR, Dr. David White, at david.white@fda.hhs.gov. Written comments should state that they relate to activities of the 2nd session of the Task Force on AMR. Additional Public Notification Public awareness of all segments of rulemaking and policy development is important. 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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 they have the option to password protect their accounts. Done at Washington, DC, on September 16, 2008. Karen Hulebak, Acting U.S. Manager for Codex Alimentarius. [FR Doc. E8–22080 Filed 9–17–08; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 3410–DM–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Forest Service jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES Information Collection; Day Use on Urban National Forests Forest Service, USDA. Notice; request for comment. AGENCY: ACTION: SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:25 Sep 18, 2008 Jkt 214001 Forest Service is seeking comments from all interested individuals and organizations on the extension with no revision of a currently approved information collection, Day Use on the National Forests of Southern California. DATES: Comments must be received in writing on or before November 18, 2008 to be assured of consideration. Comments received after that date will be considered to the extent practicable. Comments concerning this notice should be addressed to Dr. Deborah J. Chavez, Pacific Southwest Research Station, 4955 Canyon Crest Drive, Riverside, CA 92507. Comments may also be submitted via facsimile to 951–680–1501, or send an e-mail to dchavez@fs.fed.us. The public may inspect comments received at the Pacific Southwest Research Station’s Riverside Fire Lab at 4955 Canyon Crest Drive, Riverside, CA during normal business hours. Visitors are encouraged to call ahead to 951– 680–1500 to facilitate entry to the building. ADDRESSES: Dr. Deborah J. Chavez, Pacific Southwest Research Station, 951–680–1558, e-mail to dchavez@fs.fed.us. Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1–800–877–8339 twenty-four hours a day, every day of the year, including holidays. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Day Use on Urban Proximate National Forests. OMB Number: 0596–0129. Expiration Date of Approval: 07/31/ 2009. Type of Request: Extension. Abstract: The Forest Service is seeking to renew OMB approval to collect information from visitors at outdoor recreation day-use sites (developed picnic areas, general forest day-use sites, off-road staging areas, trails, etc.) on urban-proximate national forests land. Users of urban-proximate national forests (national forests within 1 hour driving distance of 1 million or more people) come from a variety of ethnic/ racial, income, age, educational, and other socio-demographic backgrounds. The activities pursued, information sources utilized, and site attributes preferred are just some of the items affected by these differences. Past studies have provided baseline information, from which managers have made decisions, revised forest plans, and renovated/redesigned recreation sites. Additional information is necessary for the urban proximate FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 national forest managers to validate previous results and maintain information regarding the continuously changing profile of the visitor population. Without this information, the Forest Service will be ill-equipped to implement changes in response to day use visitors’ needs and preferences. Sites, dates of data collection, and individuals participating in the study are selected randomly. Survey instruments are available in English and Spanish, and research teams are bilingual. Participation is voluntary and individuals provide responses to questions covering the following topics: • Socio-demographics. • National Forest visitation history and patterns. • Activity patterns. • Information and communication. • Site amenities/characteristics. • Perceptions about the environment and land uses. • General comments. The Agency has used previously collected data to create forest newspapers, add site renovations to existing picnic areas, and in forest planning. The Forest Service has presented previous survey results at local, national, and international meetings. The Agency has published collected data in various outlets. Future data collections under this OMB number will be utilized in a similar manner, as well as provide opportunities for comparisons of visitor profiles and use shifts over time. Dr. Deborah J. Chavez, of the Pacific Southwest Research Station, will evaluate and analyze the collected data. Consequences of not collecting these data include, but are not limited to: (a) Decreased service delivery due to decreased quality and breadth of information provided to resource managers regarding the sociodemographic profile of visitors, visitation history and patterns, information and communication, site amenities/characteristics, perceptions about the environment and land uses; (b) Decreased ability to continue and expand approved research work unit’s assigned study topics, such as understanding visitor profiles; (c) Increased response time for inquiries into topics from managers and university contacts; (d) Increased dependency on cooperator availability to carry out research unit mission; and (e) Loss of information represented in follow-up longitudinal studies. Estimate of Annual Burden: 15 minutes. Type of Respondents: Individuals. Estimated Annual Number of Respondents: 600. E:\FR\FM\19SEN1.SGM 19SEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 183 (Friday, September 19, 2008)]
[Notices]
[Pages 54361-54362]
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[FR Doc No: E8-22080]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Food Safety and Inspection Service

[Docket No. FSIS-2008-0032]


Codex Alimentarius Commission: 2nd Session of the Codex ad hoc 
Intergovernmental Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance

AGENCY: Office of the Under Secretary for Food Safety, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of public meeting.

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SUMMARY: The Office of the Under Secretary for Food Safety, United 
States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Food and Drug 
Administration (FDA) are sponsoring a public meeting on September 25, 
2008, to discuss the agenda items coming before the 2nd session of the 
Codex ad hoc Intergovernmental Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance 
(AMR) and to present draft U.S. positions on the agenda items. The 2nd 
session of the AMR will be held in Seoul, Korea, October 20-24, 2008. 
The Under Secretary and FDA recognize the importance of providing 
interested parties the opportunity to comment on the agenda items that 
will be discussed at this forthcoming session of AMR.

DATES: The public meeting is scheduled for Thursday, September 25, 
2008, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

ADDRESSES: The public meeting will be held at FDA, 7519 Standish Place, 
Room 152, Rockville, MD.
    Documents related to the 2nd session of the AMR will be accessible 
via the World Wide Web at the following address: http://
www.codexalimentarius.net/current.asp.

For Further Information About the 2nd Session of the AMR Contact:
    U.S. Delegate, Dr. David White, Director, National Antimicrobial 
Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS), FDA, Center for Veterinary 
Medicine, Office of Research, 8401 Muirkirk Rd., Laurel, MD 20798, 
Phone: (301) 210-4181, E-mail: david.white@fda.hhs.gov.

For Further Information About the Public Meeting Contact:
    Edith Kennard, Staff Officer, U.S. Codex Office, Food Safety and 
Inspection Service (FSIS), Room 4861, South Building, 1400 Independence 
Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250, Phone: (202) 720-5261, Fax: (202) 
720-3157, E-mail: edith.kennard@fsis.usda.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    The Codex Alimentarius (Codex) was established in 1963 by two 
United Nations organizations, the Food and Agriculture Organization 
(FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO). Through adoption of food 
standards, codes of practice, and other guidelines developed by its 
committees, and by promoting their adoption and implementation by 
governments, Codex seeks to protect the health of consumers and ensure 
that fair practices are used in trade.
    The Codex ad hoc Intergovernmental Task Force on AMR was 
established by the 29th Session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission in 
2006 to develop science-based guidance to be used to assess the risks 
to human health associated with the presence in food and feed, 
including aquaculture, and the transmission through food and feed of 
antimicrobial resistant microorganisms and antimicrobial resistance 
genes. The AMR Task Force would also consider appropriate risk 
management options to reduce such risk. The Task Force is hosted by the 
Republic of Korea.

Issues To Be Discussed at the Public Meeting

    The following items on the agenda for the 2nd session of the AMR 
will be discussed during the public meeting:
     Matters Referred to the Committee from Other Codex Bodies
     Information on the Work by FAO, WHO, and the World 
Organization for Animal Health on Antimicrobial Resistance
     Proposed Draft Risk Assessment Guidance Regarding 
Foodborne Antimicrobial Resistant Microorganisms (Report of the Working 
Group)
     Proposed Draft Guidance on Creating Risk Profiles for 
Antimicrobial Resistant Foodborne Microorganisms for Setting Risk 
Assessment and Management Priorities (Report of the Working Group)
     Proposed Draft Risk Management Guidance to Contain 
Foodborne Antimicrobial Resistant Microorganisms (Report of the Working 
Group)
    Each issue listed will be fully described in documents distributed, 
or to be distributed, by the Korean Secretariat to the meeting. Members 
of the public may access copies of these documents at http://
www.codexalimentarius.net/current.asp.

Public Meeting

    At the September 25, 2008, public meeting, draft U.S. positions on 
these agenda items will be described and discussed, and attendees will 
have the opportunity to pose questions and offer comments. Written 
comments may be offered at the meeting or sent to the U.S.

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Delegate to the Task Force on AMR, Dr. David White, at 
david.white@fda.hhs.gov. Written comments should state that they relate 
to activities of the 2nd session of the Task Force on AMR.

Additional Public Notification

    Public awareness of all segments of rulemaking and policy 
development is important. Consequently, in an effort to ensure that 
minorities, women, and persons with disabilities are aware of this 
notice, FSIS will announce it online through the FSIS Web page located 
at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/regulations/2008_Notices_Index/. FSIS 
will also 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, and other types of information 
that could affect or would be of interest to constituents and 
stakeholders. The Update is communicated via Listserv, a free 
electronic mail subscription service for industry, trade groups, 
consumer interest groups, health professionals, and other individuals 
who have asked to be included. The Update is also available on the FSIS 
Web page. Through the Listserv and Web page, FSIS is able to provide 
information to a much broader and 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 they have the option to password protect 
their accounts.

    Done at Washington, DC, on September 16, 2008.
Karen Hulebak,
Acting U.S. Manager for Codex Alimentarius.
[FR Doc. E8-22080 Filed 9-17-08; 4:15 pm]
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