Notice of Availability of a Pest Risk Analysis for the Importation of Fresh Figs From Mexico Into the Continental United States, 33716-33717 [2014-13784]

Download as PDF 33716 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 113 / Thursday, June 12, 2014 / Notices Puerto Rico State Plant Health Director’s office, to allow the interstate movement ´ of fresh achachairu fruit from Puerto Rico to the continental United States. We have completed a pest risk assessment (PRA) to identify pests of quarantine significance that could follow the pathway of interstate movement into the continental United States and, based on that PRA, have prepared a risk management document (RMD) to identify phytosanitary measures that could be applied to the commodity to mitigate the pest risk. We ´ have concluded that fresh achachairu fruit can be safely moved from Puerto Rico to the continental United States using one or more of the six designated phytosanitary measures listed in § 318.13–4(b). Therefore, in accordance with § 318.13–4(c), we are announcing the availability of our PRA and RMD for public review and comment. The documents may be viewed on the Regulations.gov Web site or in our reading room (see ADDRESSES above for instructions for accessing Regulations.gov and information on the location and hours of the reading room). You may request paper copies of the PRA and RMD by calling or writing to the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. Please refer to the subject of the documents when requesting copies. After reviewing the comments we receive, we will announce our decision regarding the interstate movement of ´ fresh achachairu fruit from Puerto Rico to the continental United States in a subsequent notice. If the overall conclusions of the analysis and the Administrator’s determination of risk remain unchanged following our consideration of the comments, then we will begin allowing the interstate ´ movement of fresh achachairu fruit from Puerto Rico to the continental United States subject to the requirements specified in the RMD. rmajette on DSK7SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Authority: 7 U.S.C. 7701–7772 and 7781– 7786; 7 CFR 2.22, 2.80, and 371.3. Done in Washington, DC, this 6th day of June 2014. Kevin Shea, Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. [FR Doc. 2014–13781 Filed 6–11–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–34–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service [Docket No. APHIS–2014–0008] Notice of Availability of a Pest Risk Analysis for the Importation of Fresh Figs From Mexico Into the Continental United States Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice of availability. AGENCY: We are advising the public that we have prepared a pest list and risk management document regarding the risks associated with the importation into the continental United States of fresh figs from Mexico. Based on these documents, we have concluded that the application of one or more designated phytosanitary measures will be sufficient to mitigate the risks of introducing or disseminating plant pests or noxious weeds via the importation of fresh figs from Mexico. We are making the documents available to the public for review and comment. DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before August 11, 2014. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/ #!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2014-0008. • Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to Docket No. APHIS–2014–0008, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A–03.8, 4700 River Road, Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737–1238. Supporting documents and any comments we receive on this docket may be viewed at http:// www.regulations.gov/ #!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2014-0008 or in our reading room, which is located in room 1141 of the USDA South Building, 14th Street and Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC. Normal reading room hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. To be sure someone is there to help you, please call (202) 799–7039 before coming. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Marc Phillips, Senior Regulatory Policy Specialist, PPQ, APHIS, 4700 River Road, Unit 133, Riverdale, MD 20737– 1231; (301) 851–2114. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: Background Under the regulations in ‘‘Subpart— Fruits and Vegetables’’ (7 CFR 319.56– VerDate Mar<15>2010 21:18 Jun 11, 2014 Jkt 232001 PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 1 through 319.56–68, referred to below as the regulations), the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) prohibits or restricts the importation of fruits and vegetables into the United States from certain parts of the world to prevent plant pests from being introduced into or disseminated within the United States. Section 319.56–4 contains a performance-based process for approving the importation of commodities that, based on the findings of a pest risk analysis, can be safely imported subject to one or more of the designated phytosanitary measures listed in paragraph (b) of that section. APHIS received a request from the Government of Mexico to allow the importation of fresh figs (Ficus carica) into the continental United States. We have completed a pest list for this commodity to identify pests of quarantine significance that could follow the pathway of importation into the continental United States and, based on this list, have prepared a risk management document to identify phytosanitary measures that could be applied to fresh figs from Mexico to mitigate the pest risk. We have concluded that fresh figs can be safely imported into the continental United States from Mexico using one or more of the five designated phytosanitary measures listed in § 319.56–4(b). These measures are: • The figs may be imported into the continental United States in commercial consignments only. • The figs must be irradiated in accordance with 7 CFR part 305 with a minimum absorbed dose of 150 Gy. • If the irradiation treatment is applied outside the United States, each consignment of fruit must be jointly inspected by APHIS and the national plant protection organization (NPPO) of Mexico and accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate (PC) attesting that the fruit received the required irradiation treatment. The PC must also include an additional declaration stating that the consignment was inspected and found free of Maconellicoccus hirsutus and Nipaecoccus viridis. • If the irradiation treatment is applied upon arrival in the United States, each consignment of fruit must be inspected by the NPPO of Mexico prior to departure and accompanied by a PC attesting that the fruit was inspected and found free of Maconellicoccus hirsutus and Nipaecoccus viridis. • The commodity is subject to inspection at the U.S. port of entry. Therefore, we are announcing the availability of our pest list and risk E:\FR\FM\12JNN1.SGM 12JNN1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 113 / Thursday, June 12, 2014 / Notices management document for public review and comment. The documents may be viewed on the Regulations.gov Web site or in our reading room (see ADDRESSES above for a link to Regulations.gov and information on the location and hours of the reading room). You may request paper copies of the documents by calling or writing to the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. Please refer to the subject of the pest list and risk management document you wish to review when requesting copies. After reviewing any comments we receive, we will announce our decision regarding the import status of fresh figs from Mexico in a subsequent notice. If the overall conclusions of the analysis and the Administrator’s determination of risk remain unchanged following our consideration of the comments, then we will authorize the importation of fresh figs from Mexico into the continental United States subject to the requirements specified in the risk management document. Authority: 7 U.S.C. 450, 7701–7772, and 7781–7786; 21 U.S.C. 136 and 136a; 7 CFR 2.22, 2.80, and 371.3. Done in Washington, DC, this 6th day of June 2014. Kevin Shea, Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. [FR Doc. 2014–13784 Filed 6–11–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–34–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Food Safety and Inspection Service [Docket No. FSIS–2014–0016] Notice of Request for a New Information Collection: Food Safety Education Campaign Tracking Research Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regulations, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is announcing its intention to request a new information collection for a food safety education campaign. DATES: August 11, 2014. ADDRESSES: FSIS invites interested persons to submit comments on this information request. Comments may be submitted by one of the following methods: rmajette on DSK7SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 21:18 Jun 11, 2014 Jkt 232001 • 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. Follow the on-line instructions at that site for submitting comments. • Mail, including CD–ROMs, etc.: Send to Docket Clerk, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service, Docket Clerk, Patriots Plaza 3, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Mailstop 3782, Room 8– 163A, Washington, DC 20250–3700. • Hand- or Courier-Delivered Submittals: Deliver to Patriots Plaza 3, 355 E Street SW., Room 8–163A, Washington, DC 20250–3700. Instructions: All items submitted by mail or electronic mail must include the Agency name and docket number FSIS– 2014–0016. Comments received in response to this docket will be made available for public inspection and posted without change, including any personal information, to http:// www.regulations.gov. Docket: For access to background documents or comments received, go to the FSIS Docket Room at Patriots Plaza 3, 355 E Street SW., Room 8–164, Washington, DC 20250–3700 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Gina Kouba, Paperwork Reduction Act Coordinator, Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Room 6067, South Building, Washington, DC 20250; (202) 690–6510. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Food Safety Education Campaign Tracking Research. Type of Request: New information collection. Abstract: FSIS has been delegated the authority to exercise the functions of the Secretary of Agriculture (7 CFR 2.18, 2.53) as specified in the Federal Meat Inspection Act (FMIA) (21 U.S.C. 601, et seq.). FSIS protects the public by verifying that meat and poultry products are wholesome, not adulterated, and properly marked, labeled, and packaged. FSIS, in partnership with the Ad Council, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Center for Disease Control, has developed a national public service advertising campaign to educate the public about the importance of safe food handling and how to reduce the risks associated with foodborne illness. The Ad Council and FSIS are seeking approval of an information collection to help measure the impact of the campaign. The PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 33717 collection will take the form of a survey among members of the target audience, parents and guardians, age 20–45, who are caregivers to children under the age of 12 and cook meals at home at least four times per week. The survey will gauge awareness of the advertising, attitudes regarding safe food preparation, and self-reported prevention behaviors. The survey was fielded once prior to launch of materials (benchmark) in 2011, and again in 2012 (wave 2), to assess any shifts following campaign launch. A third wave of the study is planned for later in 2014 to better understand current sentiments surrounding food safe behaviors. The Ad Council will use the same phone survey methodology in this survey as in the benchmark and wave 2 surveys in order to allow for comparison of any shifts in awareness, attitudes, and behavior over time. While the respondents who participated in the benchmark or wave 2 surveys will not be the same as those in the wave 3 survey, the same quotas will be set to ensure that the wave 3 sample characteristics are similar to the prior waves (e.g., 40%/60% mix of men and women, ages 20–45 years old, mix of income levels). This approach allows us to assess trends over time (2011–2014) on key campaign objectives. Estimate of Burden: FSIS estimates that it will take each respondent 15 minutes and each non-respondent 2 minutes to participate in the survey. Respondents: Consumers. Estimated No. of Respondents: 1200 respondents and 6000 non-respondents. Estimated No. of Annual Responses per Respondent: 1. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 500 hours. Copies of this information collection assessment can be obtained from Gina Kouba, Paperwork Reduction Act Coordinator, Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA, 1400 Independence SW., Room 6077, South Building, Washington, DC 20250, (202) 690–6510. Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of FSIS’s functions, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of FSIS’s 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, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection E:\FR\FM\12JNN1.SGM 12JNN1

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

[Docket No. APHIS-2014-0008]


Notice of Availability of a Pest Risk Analysis for the 
Importation of Fresh Figs From Mexico Into the Continental United 
States

AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of availability.

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SUMMARY: We are advising the public that we have prepared a pest list 
and risk management document regarding the risks associated with the 
importation into the continental United States of fresh figs from 
Mexico. Based on these documents, we have concluded that the 
application of one or more designated phytosanitary measures will be 
sufficient to mitigate the risks of introducing or disseminating plant 
pests or noxious weeds via the importation of fresh figs from Mexico. 
We are making the documents available to the public for review and 
comment.

DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before 
August 11, 2014.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2014-0008.
     Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to 
Docket No. APHIS-2014-0008, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, 
APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road, Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737-
1238.
    Supporting documents and any comments we receive on this docket may 
be viewed at http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2014-
0008 or in our reading room, which is located in room 1141 of the USDA 
South Building, 14th Street and Independence Avenue SW., Washington, 
DC. Normal reading room hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through 
Friday, except holidays. To be sure someone is there to help you, 
please call (202) 799-7039 before coming.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Marc Phillips, Senior Regulatory 
Policy Specialist, PPQ, APHIS, 4700 River Road, Unit 133, Riverdale, MD 
20737-1231; (301) 851-2114.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    Under the regulations in ``Subpart--Fruits and Vegetables'' (7 CFR 
319.56-1 through 319.56-68, referred to below as the regulations), the 
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) prohibits or 
restricts the importation of fruits and vegetables into the United 
States from certain parts of the world to prevent plant pests from 
being introduced into or disseminated within the United States.
    Section 319.56-4 contains a performance-based process for approving 
the importation of commodities that, based on the findings of a pest 
risk analysis, can be safely imported subject to one or more of the 
designated phytosanitary measures listed in paragraph (b) of that 
section.
    APHIS received a request from the Government of Mexico to allow the 
importation of fresh figs (Ficus carica) into the continental United 
States. We have completed a pest list for this commodity to identify 
pests of quarantine significance that could follow the pathway of 
importation into the continental United States and, based on this list, 
have prepared a risk management document to identify phytosanitary 
measures that could be applied to fresh figs from Mexico to mitigate 
the pest risk. We have concluded that fresh figs can be safely imported 
into the continental United States from Mexico using one or more of the 
five designated phytosanitary measures listed in Sec.  319.56-4(b). 
These measures are:
     The figs may be imported into the continental United 
States in commercial consignments only.
     The figs must be irradiated in accordance with 7 CFR part 
305 with a minimum absorbed dose of 150 Gy.
     If the irradiation treatment is applied outside the United 
States, each consignment of fruit must be jointly inspected by APHIS 
and the national plant protection organization (NPPO) of Mexico and 
accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate (PC) attesting that the 
fruit received the required irradiation treatment. The PC must also 
include an additional declaration stating that the consignment was 
inspected and found free of Maconellicoccus hirsutus and Nipaecoccus 
viridis.
     If the irradiation treatment is applied upon arrival in 
the United States, each consignment of fruit must be inspected by the 
NPPO of Mexico prior to departure and accompanied by a PC attesting 
that the fruit was inspected and found free of Maconellicoccus hirsutus 
and Nipaecoccus viridis.
     The commodity is subject to inspection at the U.S. port of 
entry.
    Therefore, we are announcing the availability of our pest list and 
risk

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management document for public review and comment. The documents may be 
viewed on the Regulations.gov Web site or in our reading room (see 
ADDRESSES above for a link to Regulations.gov and information on the 
location and hours of the reading room). You may request paper copies 
of the documents by calling or writing to the person listed under FOR 
FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. Please refer to the subject of the pest 
list and risk management document you wish to review when requesting 
copies.
    After reviewing any comments we receive, we will announce our 
decision regarding the import status of fresh figs from Mexico in a 
subsequent notice. If the overall conclusions of the analysis and the 
Administrator's determination of risk remain unchanged following our 
consideration of the comments, then we will authorize the importation 
of fresh figs from Mexico into the continental United States subject to 
the requirements specified in the risk management document.

    Authority: 7 U.S.C. 450, 7701-7772, and 7781-7786; 21 U.S.C. 136 
and 136a; 7 CFR 2.22, 2.80, and 371.3.

    Done in Washington, DC, this 6th day of June 2014.
Kevin Shea,
Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
[FR Doc. 2014-13784 Filed 6-11-14; 8:45 am]
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