Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for Office of Management and Budget Review; Comment Request; Procedures for the Safe and Sanitary Processing and Importing of Fish and Fishery Products, 69687-69688 [2013-27775]

Download as PDF 69687 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 224 / Wednesday, November 20, 2013 / Notices Procedures for the Safe and Sanitary Processing and Importing of Fish and Fishery Products—21 CFR Part 123 (OMB Control Number 0910–0354)— Extension DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Food and Drug Administration [Docket No. FDA–2013–N–0879] Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for Office of Management and Budget Review; Comment Request; Procedures for the Safe and Sanitary Processing and Importing of Fish and Fishery Products AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, HHS. ACTION: Notice. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing that a proposed collection of information has been submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and clearance under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. DATES: Fax written comments on the collection of information by December 20, 2013. ADDRESSES: To ensure that comments on the information collection are received, OMB recommends that written comments be faxed to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, OMB, Attn: FDA Desk Officer, FAX: 202–395–7285, or emailed to oira_ submission@omb.eop.gov. All comments should be identified with the OMB control number 0910–0354. Also include the FDA docket number found in brackets in the heading of this document. SUMMARY: FDA PRA Staff, Office of Operations, Food and Drug Administration, 1350 Piccard Dr., PI50–400B, Rockville, MD 20850, PRAStaff@fda.hhs.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In compliance with 44 U.S.C. 3507, FDA has submitted the following proposed collection of information to OMB for review and clearance. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: FDA regulations in part 123 (21 CFR part 123) mandate the application of hazard analysis and critical control point (HACCP) principles to the processing of seafood. HACCP is a preventive system of hazard control designed to help ensure the safety of foods. The regulations were issued under FDA’s statutory authority to regulate food safety, including section 402(a)(1) and (a)(4) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) (21 U.S.C. 342(a)(1) and (a)(4)). Certain provisions in part 123 require that processors and importers of seafood collect and record information. The HACCP records compiled and maintained by a seafood processor primarily consist of the periodic observations recorded at selected monitoring points during processing and packaging operations, as called for in a processor’s HACCP plan (e.g., the values for processing times, temperatures, acidity, etc., as observed at critical control points). The primary purpose of HACCP records is to permit a processor to verify that products have been produced within carefully established processing parameters (critical limits) that ensure that hazards have been avoided. HACCP records are normally reviewed by appropriately trained employees at the end of a production lot or at the end of a day or week of production to verify that control limits have been maintained, or that appropriate corrective actions were taken if the critical limits were not maintained. Such verification activities are essential to ensure that the HACCP system is working as planned. A review of these records during the conduct of periodic plant inspections also permits FDA to determine whether the products have been consistently processed in conformance with appropriate HACCP food safety controls. Section 123.12 requires that importers of seafood products take affirmative steps and maintain records that verify that the fish and fishery products they offer for import into the United States were processed in accordance with the HACCP and sanitation provisions set forth in part 123. These records are also to be made available for review by FDA as provided in § 123.12(c). The time and costs of these recordkeeping activities will vary considerably among processors and importers of fish and fishery products, depending on the type and number of products involved, and on the nature of the equipment or instruments required to monitor critical control points. The burden estimate in Table 1 of this document includes only those collections of information under the seafood HACCP regulations that are not already required under other statutes and regulations. The estimate also does not include collections of information that are a usual and customary part of businesses’ normal activities. For example, the tagging and labeling of molluscan shellfish (21 CFR 1240.60) is a customary and usual practice among seafood processors. Consequently, the estimates in Table 1 account only for information collection and recording requirements attributable to part 123. Description of respondents: Respondents to this collection of information include processors and importers of seafood. In the Federal Register of August 6, 2013 (78 FR 47701), FDA published a 60-day notice requesting public comment on the proposed collection of information. No comments were received in response to the notice. FDA estimates the burden of this collection of information as follows: TABLE 1—ESTIMATED ANNUAL RECORDKEEPING BURDEN 1 Number of recordkeepers tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 21 CFR Section 2 123.6(a), (b), and (c); prepare hazard analysis and HACCP plan ..................................................................... 123.6(c)(5); undertake and prepare records of corrective actions .............................................................................. 123.8(a)(1) and (c); reassess hazard analysis and HACCP plan ................................................................................... 123.12(a)(2)(ii); verify compliance of imports and prepare records of verification activities ........................................ 123.6(c)(7); document monitoring of critical control points 123.7(d); undertake and prepare records of corrective actions due to a deviation from a critical limit ..................... VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:04 Nov 19, 2013 Jkt 232001 PO 00000 Frm 00048 Number of records per recordkeeper Total annual records Average burden per recordkeeping Total hours 50 1 50 16.00 800 15,000 4 60,000 0.30 18,000 15,000 1 15,000 4.00 60,000 4,100 15,000 80 280 328,000 4,200,000 0.20 0.30 65,600 1,260,000 6,000 4 24,000 0.10 2,400 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\20NON1.SGM 20NON1 69688 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 224 / Wednesday, November 20, 2013 / Notices TABLE 1—ESTIMATED ANNUAL RECORDKEEPING BURDEN 1—Continued Number of recordkeepers 21 CFR Section 2 123.8(d); maintain records of the calibration of processmonitoring instruments and the performing of any periodic end-product and in-process testing .......................... 123.11(c); maintain sanitation control records .................... 123.12(c); maintain records that verify that the fish and fishery products they offer for import into the United States were processed in accordance with the HACCP and sanitation provisions set forth in part 123 ................. 123.12(a)(2); prepare new written verification procedures to verify compliance of imports ........................................ Total .............................................................................. Number of records per recordkeeper Average burden per recordkeeping Total annual records Total hours 15,000 15,000 47 280 705,000 4,200,000 0.10 0.10 70,500 420,000 4,100 80 328,000 0.10 32,800 41 1 41 4.00 164 ........................ ........................ ........................ ........................ 1,930,264 1 There are no capital costs or operating and maintenance costs associated with this collection of information. estimates include the information collection requirements in the following sections: § 123.16—Smoked Fish—process controls (see § 123.6(b)); § 123.28(a)—Source Controls—molluscan shellfish (see § 123.6(b)); § 123.28(c) and (d)—Records—molluscan shellfish (see § 123.6(c)(7)). 3 Based on an estimated 280 working days per year. 4 Estimated average time per 8-hour work day unless one-time response. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 2 These We base this hour burden estimate on its experience with the application of HACCP principles in food processing. Further, the burdens have been estimated using typical small seafood processing firms as a model because these firms represent a significant proportion of the industry. The hour burden of HACCP recordkeeping activities will vary considerably among processors and importers of fish and fishery products, depending on the size of the facility and complexity of the HACCP control scheme (i.e., the number of products and the number of hazards controlled); the daily frequency that control points are monitored and values recorded; and also on the extent that data recording time and cost are minimized by the use of automated data logging technology. The burden estimate does not include burden hours for activities that are a usual and customary part of businesses’ normal activities. For example, the tagging and labeling of molluscan shellfish (21 CFR 1240.60) is a customary and usual practice among seafood processors. Based on our records, we estimate that there are 15,000 processors and 4,100 importers. We estimate that 50 processors will undertake the initial preparation of a hazard analysis and HACCP plan (§ 123.6(a),(b), and (c)). We estimate the burden for the initial preparation of a hazard analysis and HACCP plan to be 16 hours per processor for a total burden of 800 hours. We estimate that all processors (15,000 processors) will undertake and keep records of four corrective action plans (§ 123.6(c)(5)) for a total of 60,000 records. We estimate the burden for the preparation of each record to be 0.30 hours for a total burden of 18,000 hours. VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:04 Nov 19, 2013 Jkt 232001 We estimate that all processors (15,000 processors) will annually reassess their hazard analysis and HACCP plan (§ 123.8(a)(1) and (c)). We estimate the burden for the reassessment of the hazard analysis and HACCP plan to be 4 hours per processor for a total burden of 60,000 hours. We estimate that all importers (4,100 importers) will take affirmative steps to verify compliance of imports and prepare 80 records of their verification activities (§ 123.12(a)(2)(ii)) for a total of 328,000 records. We estimate the burden for the preparation of each record to be 0.20 hours for a total burden of 65,600 hours. We estimate that all processors (15,000 processors) will document the monitoring of critical control points (§ 123.6(c)(7)) at 280 records per processor for a total of 4,200,000 records. We estimate the burden for the preparation of each record to be 0.30 hours for a total burden of 1,260,000 hours. We estimate that 40 percent of all processors (6,000 processors) will maintain records of any corrective actions taken due to a deviation from a critical limit (§ 123.7(d) at four records per processor for a total of 24,000 records. We estimate the burden for the preparation of each record to be 0.10 hours for a total burden of 2,400 hours. We estimate that all processors (15,000 processors) will maintain records of the calibration of processmonitoring instruments and the performing of any periodic end-product and in-process testing (§ 123.8(d)) at 47 records per processor for a total of 705,000 records. We estimate the burden for the preparation of each PO 00000 Frm 00049 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 record to be 0.10 hours for a total burden of 70,500 hours. We estimate that all processors (15,000 processors) will maintain sanitation control records (§ 123.11(c)) at 280 records per processor for a total of 4,200,000 records. We estimate the burden for the preparation of each record to be 0.10 hours for a total burden of 420,000 hours. We estimate that all importers (4,100 importers) will maintain records that verify that the fish and fishery products they offer for import into the United States were processed in accordance with the HACCP and sanitation provisions set forth in part 123 (§ 123.12(c)). FDA estimates that 80 records will be prepared per importer for a total of 328,000 records. FDA estimates the burden for the preparation of each record to be 0.10 hours for a total burden of 32,800 hours. We estimate that one percent of all importers (41 importers) will require new written verification procedures to verify compliance of imports (§ 123.12(a)(2)). We estimate the burden for preparing the new procedures to be 4 hours per importer for a total burden of 164 hours. Dated: November 14, 2013. Leslie Kux, Assistant Commissioner for Policy. [FR Doc. 2013–27775 Filed 11–19–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4160–01–P E:\FR\FM\20NON1.SGM 20NON1

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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Food and Drug Administration

[Docket No. FDA-2013-N-0879]


Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for Office 
of Management and Budget Review; Comment Request; Procedures for the 
Safe and Sanitary Processing and Importing of Fish and Fishery Products

AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing that a 
proposed collection of information has been submitted to the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) for review and clearance under the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.

DATES: Fax written comments on the collection of information by 
December 20, 2013.

ADDRESSES: To ensure that comments on the information collection are 
received, OMB recommends that written comments be faxed to the Office 
of Information and Regulatory Affairs, OMB, Attn: FDA Desk Officer, 
FAX: 202-395-7285, or emailed to oira_submission@omb.eop.gov. All 
comments should be identified with the OMB control number 0910-0354. 
Also include the FDA docket number found in brackets in the heading of 
this document.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: FDA PRA Staff, Office of Operations, 
Food and Drug Administration, 1350 Piccard Dr., PI50-400B, Rockville, 
MD 20850, PRAStaff@fda.hhs.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In compliance with 44 U.S.C. 3507, FDA has 
submitted the following proposed collection of information to OMB for 
review and clearance.

Procedures for the Safe and Sanitary Processing and Importing of Fish 
and Fishery Products--21 CFR Part 123 (OMB Control Number 0910-0354)--
Extension

    FDA regulations in part 123 (21 CFR part 123) mandate the 
application of hazard analysis and critical control point (HACCP) 
principles to the processing of seafood. HACCP is a preventive system 
of hazard control designed to help ensure the safety of foods. The 
regulations were issued under FDA's statutory authority to regulate 
food safety, including section 402(a)(1) and (a)(4) of the Federal 
Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) (21 U.S.C. 342(a)(1) and 
(a)(4)).
    Certain provisions in part 123 require that processors and 
importers of seafood collect and record information. The HACCP records 
compiled and maintained by a seafood processor primarily consist of the 
periodic observations recorded at selected monitoring points during 
processing and packaging operations, as called for in a processor's 
HACCP plan (e.g., the values for processing times, temperatures, 
acidity, etc., as observed at critical control points). The primary 
purpose of HACCP records is to permit a processor to verify that 
products have been produced within carefully established processing 
parameters (critical limits) that ensure that hazards have been 
avoided.
    HACCP records are normally reviewed by appropriately trained 
employees at the end of a production lot or at the end of a day or week 
of production to verify that control limits have been maintained, or 
that appropriate corrective actions were taken if the critical limits 
were not maintained. Such verification activities are essential to 
ensure that the HACCP system is working as planned. A review of these 
records during the conduct of periodic plant inspections also permits 
FDA to determine whether the products have been consistently processed 
in conformance with appropriate HACCP food safety controls.
    Section 123.12 requires that importers of seafood products take 
affirmative steps and maintain records that verify that the fish and 
fishery products they offer for import into the United States were 
processed in accordance with the HACCP and sanitation provisions set 
forth in part 123. These records are also to be made available for 
review by FDA as provided in Sec.  123.12(c).
    The time and costs of these recordkeeping activities will vary 
considerably among processors and importers of fish and fishery 
products, depending on the type and number of products involved, and on 
the nature of the equipment or instruments required to monitor critical 
control points. The burden estimate in Table 1 of this document 
includes only those collections of information under the seafood HACCP 
regulations that are not already required under other statutes and 
regulations. The estimate also does not include collections of 
information that are a usual and customary part of businesses' normal 
activities. For example, the tagging and labeling of molluscan 
shellfish (21 CFR 1240.60) is a customary and usual practice among 
seafood processors. Consequently, the estimates in Table 1 account only 
for information collection and recording requirements attributable to 
part 123.
    Description of respondents: Respondents to this collection of 
information include processors and importers of seafood.
    In the Federal Register of August 6, 2013 (78 FR 47701), FDA 
published a 60-day notice requesting public comment on the proposed 
collection of information. No comments were received in response to the 
notice.
    FDA estimates the burden of this collection of information as 
follows:

                               Table 1--Estimated Annual Recordkeeping Burden \1\
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                                                     Number of                        Average
       21 CFR Section \2\            Number of      records per    Total annual     burden per      Total hours
                                   recordkeepers   recordkeeper       records      recordkeeping
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123.6(a), (b), and (c); prepare               50               1              50           16.00             800
 hazard analysis and HACCP plan.
123.6(c)(5); undertake and                15,000               4          60,000            0.30          18,000
 prepare records of corrective
 actions........................
123.8(a)(1) and (c); reassess             15,000               1          15,000            4.00          60,000
 hazard analysis and HACCP plan.
123.12(a)(2)(ii); verify                   4,100              80         328,000            0.20          65,600
 compliance of imports and
 prepare records of verification
 activities.....................
123.6(c)(7); document monitoring          15,000             280       4,200,000            0.30       1,260,000
 of critical control points.....
123.7(d); undertake and prepare            6,000               4          24,000            0.10           2,400
 records of corrective actions
 due to a deviation from a
 critical limit.................

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123.8(d); maintain records of             15,000              47         705,000            0.10          70,500
 the calibration of process-
 monitoring instruments and the
 performing of any periodic end-
 product and in-process testing.
123.11(c); maintain sanitation            15,000             280       4,200,000            0.10         420,000
 control records................
123.12(c); maintain records that           4,100              80         328,000            0.10          32,800
 verify that the fish and
 fishery products they offer for
 import into the United States
 were processed in accordance
 with the HACCP and sanitation
 provisions set forth in part
 123............................
123.12(a)(2); prepare new                     41               1              41            4.00             164
 written verification procedures
 to verify compliance of imports
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    Total.......................  ..............  ..............  ..............  ..............       1,930,264
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\1\ There are no capital costs or operating and maintenance costs associated with this collection of
  information.
\2\ These estimates include the information collection requirements in the following sections: Sec.   123.16--
  Smoked Fish--process controls (see Sec.   123.6(b)); Sec.   123.28(a)--Source Controls--molluscan shellfish
  (see Sec.   123.6(b)); Sec.   123.28(c) and (d)--Records--molluscan shellfish (see Sec.   123.6(c)(7)).
\3\ Based on an estimated 280 working days per year.
\4\ Estimated average time per 8-hour work day unless one-time response.

    We base this hour burden estimate on its experience with the 
application of HACCP principles in food processing. Further, the 
burdens have been estimated using typical small seafood processing 
firms as a model because these firms represent a significant proportion 
of the industry. The hour burden of HACCP recordkeeping activities will 
vary considerably among processors and importers of fish and fishery 
products, depending on the size of the facility and complexity of the 
HACCP control scheme (i.e., the number of products and the number of 
hazards controlled); the daily frequency that control points are 
monitored and values recorded; and also on the extent that data 
recording time and cost are minimized by the use of automated data 
logging technology. The burden estimate does not include burden hours 
for activities that are a usual and customary part of businesses' 
normal activities. For example, the tagging and labeling of molluscan 
shellfish (21 CFR 1240.60) is a customary and usual practice among 
seafood processors. Based on our records, we estimate that there are 
15,000 processors and 4,100 importers.
    We estimate that 50 processors will undertake the initial 
preparation of a hazard analysis and HACCP plan (Sec.  123.6(a),(b), 
and (c)). We estimate the burden for the initial preparation of a 
hazard analysis and HACCP plan to be 16 hours per processor for a total 
burden of 800 hours. We estimate that all processors (15,000 
processors) will undertake and keep records of four corrective action 
plans (Sec.  123.6(c)(5)) for a total of 60,000 records. We estimate 
the burden for the preparation of each record to be 0.30 hours for a 
total burden of 18,000 hours.
    We estimate that all processors (15,000 processors) will annually 
reassess their hazard analysis and HACCP plan (Sec.  123.8(a)(1) and 
(c)). We estimate the burden for the reassessment of the hazard 
analysis and HACCP plan to be 4 hours per processor for a total burden 
of 60,000 hours.
    We estimate that all importers (4,100 importers) will take 
affirmative steps to verify compliance of imports and prepare 80 
records of their verification activities (Sec.  123.12(a)(2)(ii)) for a 
total of 328,000 records. We estimate the burden for the preparation of 
each record to be 0.20 hours for a total burden of 65,600 hours.
    We estimate that all processors (15,000 processors) will document 
the monitoring of critical control points (Sec.  123.6(c)(7)) at 280 
records per processor for a total of 4,200,000 records. We estimate the 
burden for the preparation of each record to be 0.30 hours for a total 
burden of 1,260,000 hours.
    We estimate that 40 percent of all processors (6,000 processors) 
will maintain records of any corrective actions taken due to a 
deviation from a critical limit (Sec.  123.7(d) at four records per 
processor for a total of 24,000 records. We estimate the burden for the 
preparation of each record to be 0.10 hours for a total burden of 2,400 
hours.
    We estimate that all processors (15,000 processors) will maintain 
records of the calibration of process-monitoring instruments and the 
performing of any periodic end-product and in-process testing (Sec.  
123.8(d)) at 47 records per processor for a total of 705,000 records. 
We estimate the burden for the preparation of each record to be 0.10 
hours for a total burden of 70,500 hours.
    We estimate that all processors (15,000 processors) will maintain 
sanitation control records (Sec.  123.11(c)) at 280 records per 
processor for a total of 4,200,000 records. We estimate the burden for 
the preparation of each record to be 0.10 hours for a total burden of 
420,000 hours.
    We estimate that all importers (4,100 importers) will maintain 
records that verify that the fish and fishery products they offer for 
import into the United States were processed in accordance with the 
HACCP and sanitation provisions set forth in part 123 (Sec.  
123.12(c)). FDA estimates that 80 records will be prepared per importer 
for a total of 328,000 records. FDA estimates the burden for the 
preparation of each record to be 0.10 hours for a total burden of 
32,800 hours.
    We estimate that one percent of all importers (41 importers) will 
require new written verification procedures to verify compliance of 
imports (Sec.  123.12(a)(2)). We estimate the burden for preparing the 
new procedures to be 4 hours per importer for a total burden of 164 
hours.

    Dated: November 14, 2013.
Leslie Kux,
Assistant Commissioner for Policy.
[FR Doc. 2013-27775 Filed 11-19-13; 8:45 am]
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