Discontinuing Export Certificates for Food Products That Contain Egg Products as an Ingredient, 53685-53686 [2014-21554]

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Rex A. Barnes, Associate Administrator. [FR Doc. 2014–21509 Filed 9–9–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Food Safety and Inspection Service [Docket No. FSIS–2014–0022] Discontinuing Export Certificates for Food Products That Contain Egg Products as an Ingredient Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is announcing that it will no longer issue export certificates for Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-regulated prepared or manufactured food products that contain egg products as an ingredient because the Agricultural Marketing Service has instituted a program to provide this service. FSIS will discontinue issuing certificates on November 10, 2014. ADDRESSES: FSIS invites interested persons to submit comments on this notice. Comments may be submitted by one 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. 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 SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 53685 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– 2014–0022. 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 8–163A, Washington, DC 20250–3700, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. DATES: Submit comments on or before November 10, 2014. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rita Kishore, Deputy Director, Import/Export Coordination and Policy Development Staff, Office of Policy and Program Development, Food Safety and Inspection Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture; Phone: (202) 720–0082; Fax: (202) 720–7990. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background On April 3, 2013, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced the establishment of the Processed Egg and Egg Products Export Program. Established under the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 (7 U.S.C. 1621 et seq.), the new program 1 facilitates the export of FDA-regulated prepared or manufactured food products containing eggs or egg products. Under the new program, AMS certifies a wide range of foods, including cooked omelets, frozen egg patties, crepes, hard boiled eggs, mayonnaise, and foods containing egg extracts. AMS performs onsite verification of public health certification statements and issues export certificates on a fee-for-service basis as part of the program. While FDA regulates the safe production, sanitary processing, and labeling of food products containing egg products (Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act) (21 U.S.C. 301–399(d)), FSIS has been issuing export certificates of wholesomeness for prepared or manufactured food products that 1 USDA Announces Program to Facilitate the Export of Further Processed Eggs and Egg Products. E:\FR\FM\10SEN1.SGM 10SEN1 53686 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 175 / Wednesday, September 10, 2014 / Notices contain egg products as an ingredient since it assumed responsibility for conducting the Federal egg products inspection program from AMS on May 28, 1995.2 However, because AMS has now instituted an export certification program of its own, to avoid overlap and confusion, FSIS will discontinue issuing export certificates for prepared or manufactured food products containing egg products. FSIS will stop certifying these products for export on November 10, 2014. FSIS will also update the FSIS Export Library on November 10, 2014 to show this change in the export certification process. Exporters should contact AMS for assistance. Additional information can be found on AMS’s Web site at http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/ PYEggExport and http:// www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/ PYEggExportProcessedEgg. Additional Public Notification tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES FSIS will announce this notice online through the FSIS Web page located at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/ fsis/topics/regulations/federal-register. 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. In addition, FSIS offers an electronic 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/wps/portal/ fsis/programs-and-services/emailsubscription-service. 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 accounts. USDA Non-Discrimination Statement No agency, officer, or employee of the USDA shall, on the grounds of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, 2 Federal Crop Insurance Reform and Department of Agriculture Reorganization Act of 1994, Public Law 103–354, Oct. 13, 1994, 108 Stat. 3178. VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:04 Sep 09, 2014 Jkt 232001 gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/ parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, or political beliefs, exclude from participation in, deny the benefits of, or subject to discrimination any person in the United States under any program or activity conducted by the USDA. 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[FR Doc. 2014–21554 Filed 9–9–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–DM–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Food Safety and Inspection Service [Docket No. FSIS–2014–0015] Codex Alimentarius Commission: Meeting of the Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses Office of the Under Secretary for Food Safety, USDA. ACTION: Notice of public meeting and request for comments. AGENCY: The Office of the Under Secretary for Food Safety, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Office of Nutrition, Labeling, and Dietary Supplements are sponsoring a public meeting on October 28, 2014. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 The objective of the public meeting is to provide information and receive public comments on agenda items and draft United States (U.S.) positions to be discussed at the 36th Session of the Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses (CCNFSDU) of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CODEX), taking place in Bali, Indonesia November 24–28, 2014. The Under Secretary for Food Safety and the FDA recognize the importance of providing interested parties the opportunity to obtain background information on the 36th Session of the CCNFSDU and to address items on the agenda. DATES: The public meeting is scheduled for October 28, 2014 from 1:00–4:00 p.m. ADDRESSES: The public meeting will take place at the Harvey Wiley Building, United States Food and Drug Administration, CFSAN, 5100 Paint Branch Parkway, Rooms (1A–001 & 1A002), College Park, MD 20740. Documents related to the 36th Session of the CCNFSDU will be accessible via the World Wide Web at the following address: http:// www.codexalimentarius.org/meetingsreports/en/. Paula Trumbo, U.S. Delegate to the 36th Session of the CCNFSDU, invites U.S. interested parties to submit their comments electronically to the following email address: CCNFSDU@ fda.hhs.gov. Pre-Registration:To pre-register for this meeting, please email the information listed below to the following email address: CCNFSDU@ fda.hhs.gov. D Your name D Organization D Mailing address D Phone number D Email address Call in Number: If you wish to participate in the public meeting for the 36th Session of the CCNFSDU by conference call, please use call in number and participant code listed below: Call in Number: 1–866–844–9904. The participant code will be listed on the Web link below: http:// www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/ topics/international-affairs/us-codexalimentarius/public-meetings. For Further Information About the 36th Session of the CCNFSDU Contact: Paula Trumbo, Nutrition Programs, Office of Nutrition, Labeling and Dietary Supplements, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, 5100 Paint Branch Parkway, HFS–830, College Park, MD E:\FR\FM\10SEN1.SGM 10SEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 175 (Wednesday, September 10, 2014)]
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Food Safety and Inspection Service

[Docket No. FSIS-2014-0022]


Discontinuing Export Certificates for Food Products That Contain 
Egg Products as an Ingredient

AGENCY: Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is announcing 
that it will no longer issue export certificates for Food and Drug 
Administration (FDA)-regulated prepared or manufactured food products 
that contain egg products as an ingredient because the Agricultural 
Marketing Service has instituted a program to provide this service. 
FSIS will discontinue issuing certificates on November 10, 2014.

ADDRESSES: FSIS invites interested persons to submit comments on this 
notice. Comments may be submitted by one 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. 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-2014-0022. 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-
163A, Washington, DC 20250-3700, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., 
Monday through Friday.

DATES: Submit comments on or before November 10, 2014.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rita Kishore, Deputy Director, Import/
Export Coordination and Policy Development Staff, Office of Policy and 
Program Development, Food Safety and Inspection Service, U.S. 
Department of Agriculture; Phone: (202) 720-0082; Fax: (202) 720-7990.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    On April 3, 2013, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) 
Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced the establishment of the 
Processed Egg and Egg Products Export Program. Established under the 
Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 (7 U.S.C. 1621 et seq.), the new 
program \1\ facilitates the export of FDA-regulated prepared or 
manufactured food products containing eggs or egg products. Under the 
new program, AMS certifies a wide range of foods, including cooked 
omelets, frozen egg patties, crepes, hard boiled eggs, mayonnaise, and 
foods containing egg extracts. AMS performs onsite verification of 
public health certification statements and issues export certificates 
on a fee-for-service basis as part of the program.
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    \1\ USDA Announces Program to Facilitate the Export of Further 
Processed Eggs and Egg Products.
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    While FDA regulates the safe production, sanitary processing, and 
labeling of food products containing egg products (Federal Food, Drug, 
and Cosmetic Act) (21 U.S.C. 301-399(d)), FSIS has been issuing export 
certificates of wholesomeness for prepared or manufactured food 
products that

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contain egg products as an ingredient since it assumed responsibility 
for conducting the Federal egg products inspection program from AMS on 
May 28, 1995.\2\ However, because AMS has now instituted an export 
certification program of its own, to avoid overlap and confusion, FSIS 
will discontinue issuing export certificates for prepared or 
manufactured food products containing egg products. FSIS will stop 
certifying these products for export on November 10, 2014.
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    \2\ Federal Crop Insurance Reform and Department of Agriculture 
Reorganization Act of 1994, Public Law 103-354, Oct. 13, 1994, 108 
Stat. 3178.
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    FSIS will also update the FSIS Export Library on November 10, 2014 
to show this change in the export certification process. Exporters 
should contact AMS for assistance. Additional information can be found 
on AMS's Web site at http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/PYEggExport and 
http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/PYEggExportProcessedEgg.

Additional Public Notification

    FSIS will announce this notice online through the FSIS Web page 
located at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/regulations/federal-register.
    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. In addition, FSIS offers an electronic 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/wps/portal/fsis/programs-and-services/email-subscription-service. 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 
accounts.

USDA Non-Discrimination Statement

    No agency, officer, or employee of the USDA shall, on the grounds 
of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual 
orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, 
income derived from a public assistance program, or political beliefs, 
exclude from participation in, deny the benefits of, or subject to 
discrimination any person in the United States under any program or 
activity conducted by the USDA.

How To File a Complaint of Discrimination

    To file a complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program 
Discrimination Complaint Form, which may be accessed online at http://
www.ocio.usda.gov/sites/default/files/docs/2012/
Complaincombined6812.pdf, or write 
a letter signed by you or your authorized representative.
    Send your completed complaint form or letter to USDA by mail, fax, 
or email:

Mail

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 
Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250-9410.

Fax

(202) 690-7442

Email

program.intake@usda.gov

    Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for 
communication (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.), should contact 
USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD).

    Done at Washington, DC, on: September 5, 2014.
Alfred V. Almanza,
Administrator.
[FR Doc. 2014-21554 Filed 9-9-14; 8:45 am]
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