Food and Drug Administration, HHS.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing an opportunity for public comment on the proposed collection of certain information by the agency. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (the PRA), Federal agencies are required to publish notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information and to allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice. This notice solicits comments on the collection of information provisions of the final rule, “Beverages: Bottled Water,” published elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register, which requires both domestic and foreign bottled water manufacturers that sell bottled water in the United States to maintain records of Escherichia coli testing and corrective measures, in addition to existing recordkeeping requirements.
Submit written or electronic comments on the collection of information by July 28, 2009.
Submit electronic comments on the collection of information to http://www.regulations.gov. Submit written comments on the collection of information to the Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852. All comments should be identified with the docket number found in brackets in the heading of this document.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Jonna Capezzuto, Office of Information Management (HFA-710), Food and Drug Administration, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857, 301-796-3794.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
Under the PRA (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520), Federal agencies must obtain approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for each collection of information they conduct or sponsor. “Collection of information” is defined in 44 U.S.C. 3502(3) and 5 CFR 1320.3(c) and includes agency requests or requirements that members of the public submit reports, keep records, or provide information to a third party. Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)) requires Federal agencies to provide a 60-day notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information before submitting the collection to OMB for approval. To comply with this requirement, FDA is publishing notice of the proposed collection of information set forth in this document.
With respect to the following collection of information, FDA invites comments on these topics: (1) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of FDA's functions, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) the accuracy of FDA's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques, when appropriate, and other forms of information technology.
Recordkeeping Requirements for Microbiological Testing and Corrective Measures for Bottled Water—21 CFR 129.35(a)(3)(i), 129.80(g), and 129.80(h)
FDA has amended its bottled water regulations in parts 129 and 165 (21 CFR parts 129 and 165) by requiring that if any coliform organisms are detected in weekly total coliform testing of finished bottled water, follow-up testing must be conducted to determine whether any of the coliform organisms are E. coli. FDA also amended the adulteration provision of the bottled water standard (§ 165.110(d)) to indicate that finished product that tests positive for E. coli will be deemed adulterated under section 402(a)(3) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C. 342(a)(3)). In addition, FDA amended the Current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMP) regulations for bottled water in part 129 by requiring that source water from other than a public water system (PWS) be tested at least weekly for total coliform. If any coliform organisms are detected in the source water, the bottled water manufacturers are required to determine whether any of the coliform organisms are E. coli. Source water found to contain E. coli is not considered water of a safe, sanitary quality and would be unsuitable for bottled water production. Before a bottler may use source water from a source that has tested positive for E. coli, a bottler must take appropriate measures to rectify or otherwise eliminate the cause of the contamination. A source previously found to contain E. coli will be considered negative for E. coli after five samples collected over a 24-hour period from the same sampling site are tested and found to be E. coli negative.
Description of Respondents: The respondents to this proposed information collection are domestic and foreign bottled water manufacturers that sell bottled water in the United States.
FDA estimates the burden of this collection of information as follows:Start Printed Page 25753
|21 CFR Section||No. of Recordkeepers||Annual Frequency per Recordkeeping||Total Annual Records||Hours per Record||Total Hours|
|§§ 129.35(a)(3)(i) and 129.80(h)||319 (bottlers subject to source water and finished product testing)||6||1,914||0.08||153|
|§§ 129.35(a)(3)(i) and 129.80(h)||2.5 (bottlers conducting secondary testing of source water)||5||12||0.08||1|
|§§ 129.35(a)(3)(i) and 129.80(h)||2.5 (bottlers rectifying contamination)||3||7.5||0.25||2|
|§ 129.80(g) and (h)||95 (bottlers testing finished product only)||3||285||0.08||23|
|Total Annual Burden||179|
|1 There are no capital costs or operating costs associated with this collection of information.|
The current CGMP regulations already reflect the time and associated recordkeeping costs for those bottlers that are required to conduct microbiological testing of their source water, as well as total coliform testing of their finished bottled water products. FDA therefore concludes that any additional burden and costs in recordkeeping based on the new testing requirements for source and finished bottled water are negligible. FDA estimates that the labor burden of keeping records of each test is about 5 minutes per test. FDA also requires follow-up testing of source water and finished bottled water products for E. coli when total coliform positives occur. FDA expects that 319 bottlers that use sources other than PWSs may find a total coliform positive sample about 3 times per year in source testing and about 3 times in finished product testing, for a total of 153 hours of recordkeeping. In addition to the 319 bottlers, about 95 bottlers that use PWSs may find a total coliform positive sample about 3 times per year in finished product testing, for a total of 23 hours of recordkeeping. Upon finding a total coliform positive sample, bottlers will then have to conduct a follow-up test for E. coli.
FDA expects that recordkeeping for the follow-up test for E. coli will also take about 5 minutes per test. As shown in table 1 of this document, FDA expects that 2.5 bottlers per year will have to carry out the additional E. coli testing, with a burden of 1 hour. These bottlers will also have to keep records about rectifying the source contamination, for a burden of 2 hours. For all expected total coliform testing, E. coli testing, and source rectification, FDA estimates a total burden of 179 hours. FDA bases its estimate on its experience with the current CGMP regulations.Start Signature
Dated: May 18, 2009.
Associate Commissioner for Policy and Planning.
[FR Doc. E9-12493 Filed 5-26-09; 4:15 pm]
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