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[FR Doc. 2020–01961 Filed 1–31–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Marketing Service [Document No. AMS–FTPP–19–0112] National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard; Draft Instructions on Testing Methods Notice and request for comments. ACTION: The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) of the Department of Agriculture (USDA) is soliciting comments and feedback on draft instructions on testing methods as it pertains to the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard (Standard). DATES: Comments are due by March 4, 2020. ADDRESSES: We invite you to submit written comments via the internet at http://www.regulations.gov. All comments should refer to the date and page number of this issue of the Federal Register. All comments submitted in response to this notice, including the identity of individuals or entities submitting comments, will be made available to the public on the internet via http://www.regulations.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Trevor Findley, Deputy Director, Food Disclosure and Labeling Division, Fair Trade Practices Program, Agricultural Marketing Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, telephone (202) 690–3460, email trevor.findley@usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: Background On July 29, 2016, Public Law 114–216 amended the Agricultural Marketing Act E:\FR\FM\03FEN1.SGM 03FEN1 lotter on DSKBCFDHB2PROD with NOTICES 5928 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 22 / Monday, February 3, 2020 / Notices of 1946 (7 U.S.C. 1621 et. seq.) (amended Act) to require USDA to establish a national, mandatory standard for disclosing any food that is or may be bioengineered. In accordance with the amended Act, USDA published final regulations to implement the Standard on December 21, 2018 (83 FR 65814). The regulations became effective on February 19, 2019, with a mandatory compliance date of January 1, 2022. Foods that do not contain detectable modified genetic material are not bioengineered foods and do not require disclosure under the Standard. Under the definition of bioengineered food at 7 CFR 66.1, food does not contain modified genetic material if the genetic material is not detectable pursuant to § 66.9. The recordkeeping requirements for detectability at 7 CFR 66.9 specify the standards of performance for detectability testing. Paragraph (c) of 7 CFR 66.9 requires that analytical testing meet the following standard: (1) Laboratory quality assurance must ensure the validity and reliability of test results; (2) analytical method selection, validation, and verification must ensure that the testing method used is appropriate (fit for purpose) and that the laboratory can successfully perform the testing; (3) the demonstration of testing validity must ensure consistent accurate analytical performance; and (4) method performance specifications must ensure analytical tests are sufficiently sensitive for the purposes of the detectability requirements of this part. In the preamble to the final regulations, USDA indicated that it would provide instructions regarding acceptable testing methodology used to satisfy that a food does not contain detectable modified genetic material. A draft of those instructions is now available on the AMS bioengineered food disclosure website at https:// www.ams.usda.gov/rules-regulations/be. With this notice, AMS is seeking comments on these draft instructions. USDA previously provided an opportunity to comment on draft instructions to validate a refining process. At this time, we are only seeking feedback on the instructions on testing methods referenced in this notice. Any comments not directly related to these draft instructions will not be considered. After reviewing the comments on these draft instructions, AMS will publish final instructions on its website. The final instructions will be maintained and available on the AMS website. These final instructions pertain to the requirements of the existing regulations, which can be found at https://www.federalregister.gov/ VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:47 Jan 31, 2020 Jkt 250001 documents/2018/12/21/2018-27283/ national-bioengineered-food-disclosurestandard. Authority: 7 U.S.C. 1639. Dated: January 28, 2020. Bruce Summers, Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. 2020–01906 Filed 1–31–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request January 28, 2020. The Department of Agriculture has submitted the following information collection requirement(s) to OMB for review and clearance under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104–13. Comments are required regarding; whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of burden including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected; and ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments regarding this information collection received by March 4, 2020 will be considered. Written comments should be addressed to: Desk Officer for Agriculture, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), New Executive Office Building, 725—17th Street NW, Washington, DC 20502. 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Summary of Collection: Representatives or survivors of persons who die, disappear, or are declared incompetent must be afforded a method of obtaining any payment intended for the person. 7 CFR 707 provides that form, FSA–325, be used as the form of application for person desiring to claim such payments. It is necessary to collect information recorded on FSA–325 in order to determine whether representatives or survivors of a person are entitled to receive payments earned by a person who dies, disappears, or is declared incompetent before receiving the payments due. Need and Use of the Information: FSA will collect information using the FSA– 325 form to determine if the survivors have rights to the existing payments or to the unpaid portions of the person’s payments. Survivors must show proof of death, disappearance, or incompetency. Description of Respondents: Individuals or households. Number of Respondents: 2,000. Frequency of Responses: Reporting: Other (when necessary). Total Burden Hours: 1,000. Ruth Brown, Departmental Information Collection Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 2020–01890 Filed 1–31–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–05–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service [Docket No. APHIS–2017–0069] International Trade Data System: Timeline for Enforcing APHIS Core Message Set Flags in the Automated Commercial Environment Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is announcing full implementation of the APHIS Core Message Set in the Automated Commercial Environment/ International Trade Data System (ACE/ ITDS) for the electronic submission of data required by APHIS Animal Care, Biotechnology Regulatory Services, SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\03FEN1.SGM 03FEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 22 (Monday, February 3, 2020)]
[Notices]
[Pages 5927-5928]
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[FR Doc No: 2020-01906]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Agricultural Marketing Service

[Document No. AMS-FTPP-19-0112]


National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard; Draft 
Instructions on Testing Methods

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.

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SUMMARY: The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) of the Department of 
Agriculture (USDA) is soliciting comments and feedback on draft 
instructions on testing methods as it pertains to the National 
Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard (Standard).

DATES: Comments are due by March 4, 2020.

ADDRESSES: We invite you to submit written comments via the internet at 
http://www.regulations.gov. All comments should refer to the date and 
page number of this issue of the Federal Register. All comments 
submitted in response to this notice, including the identity of 
individuals or entities submitting comments, will be made available to 
the public on the internet via http://www.regulations.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Trevor Findley, Deputy Director, Food 
Disclosure and Labeling Division, Fair Trade Practices Program, 
Agricultural Marketing Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 
telephone (202) 690-3460, email [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    On July 29, 2016, Public Law 114-216 amended the Agricultural 
Marketing Act

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of 1946 (7 U.S.C. 1621 et. seq.) (amended Act) to require USDA to 
establish a national, mandatory standard for disclosing any food that 
is or may be bioengineered. In accordance with the amended Act, USDA 
published final regulations to implement the Standard on December 21, 
2018 (83 FR 65814). The regulations became effective on February 19, 
2019, with a mandatory compliance date of January 1, 2022.
    Foods that do not contain detectable modified genetic material are 
not bioengineered foods and do not require disclosure under the 
Standard. Under the definition of bioengineered food at 7 CFR 66.1, 
food does not contain modified genetic material if the genetic material 
is not detectable pursuant to Sec.  66.9. The recordkeeping 
requirements for detectability at 7 CFR 66.9 specify the standards of 
performance for detectability testing. Paragraph (c) of 7 CFR 66.9 
requires that analytical testing meet the following standard: (1) 
Laboratory quality assurance must ensure the validity and reliability 
of test results; (2) analytical method selection, validation, and 
verification must ensure that the testing method used is appropriate 
(fit for purpose) and that the laboratory can successfully perform the 
testing; (3) the demonstration of testing validity must ensure 
consistent accurate analytical performance; and (4) method performance 
specifications must ensure analytical tests are sufficiently sensitive 
for the purposes of the detectability requirements of this part.
    In the preamble to the final regulations, USDA indicated that it 
would provide instructions regarding acceptable testing methodology 
used to satisfy that a food does not contain detectable modified 
genetic material. A draft of those instructions is now available on the 
AMS bioengineered food disclosure website at https://www.ams.usda.gov/rules-regulations/be. With this notice, AMS is seeking comments on 
these draft instructions.
    USDA previously provided an opportunity to comment on draft 
instructions to validate a refining process. At this time, we are only 
seeking feedback on the instructions on testing methods referenced in 
this notice. Any comments not directly related to these draft 
instructions will not be considered.
    After reviewing the comments on these draft instructions, AMS will 
publish final instructions on its website. The final instructions will 
be maintained and available on the AMS website. These final 
instructions pertain to the requirements of the existing regulations, 
which can be found at https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/12/21/2018-27283/national-bioengineered-food-disclosure-standard.

    Authority: 7 U.S.C. 1639.

    Dated: January 28, 2020.
Bruce Summers,
Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service.
[FR Doc. 2020-01906 Filed 1-31-20; 8:45 am]
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