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Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request-Child Nutrition Database

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Food and Nutrition Service, USDA.




In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the intention of the Food and Nutrition Service to request a revision of a currently approved collection. This collection is the voluntary submission of data including nutrient data from the food service industry to update and expand the Child Nutrition Database in support of the School Meals Initiative for Healthy Children.


Comments on this notice must be received by January 22, 2008 to be assured of consideration.


Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the Agency'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 on those who are to respond, including use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the request for OMB approval and will become a matter of public record. Comments may be sent to: Timothy Vezquez, Acting Team Leader, Technical Assistance Section, Nutrition Promotion and Training Branch, Child Nutrition Division, Room 632, Food and Nutrition Service, United States Department of Agriculture, 3101 Park Center Drive, Alexandria, VA 22302.

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Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument and instruction should be directed to Timothy Vezquez at (703) 305-2609.

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Title: Child Nutrition Database.

OMB Number: 0584-0494.

Expiration Date: April 30, 2008.

Type of Request: Revision of currently approved collection.

Abstract: The development of the Child Nutrition (CN) Database is regulated by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), School Meals Initiative for Healthy Children. This database is designed to be incorporated in USDA-approved nutrient analysis software programs and provide an accurate source of nutrient data. The software allows schools participating in the National School Lunch (NSLP) and School Breakfast (SBP) Programs to analyze meals and measure the compliance of the menus to established nutrition goals and standards specified in 7 CFR 210.10 for the NSLP and 7 CFR 220.8 for the SBP. The information collection for the CN Database is conducted using an outside contractor. The CN Database needs to be updated with an extensive database of brand name or manufactured foods commonly used in school food service. The Food and Nutrition Service's contractor collects this data from the food industry to update and expand the CN Database. The submission of data from the food industry will be strictly voluntary, and based on analytical, calculated, or nutrition facts label sources. Collection of this information is accomplished by form FNS-710, CN Database Qualification Report. The revised FNS-710 will have a feature that does not allow a respondent to submit an incomplete form. Form FNS-709, CN Database Report: Products Missing Nutrient Information will be discontinued as a result of this new feature.

Affected Public: Manufacturers of food produced for school food service.

Estimate of Burden:

Form FNS—710.

Number of Respondents: 32.

Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 35.

Estimated Total Annual Responses: 1120.

Estimated Time per Response: 2 Hours.

Total Annual Burden: 2240 Hours.

Total Annual Burden for Form FNS-710: 2240 Hours.

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Dated: November 16, 2007.

Roberto Salazar,

Administrator, Food and Nutrition Service.

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[FR Doc. E7-22889 Filed 11-21-07; 8:45 am]