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Draft Compliance Policy Guide Sec. 527.300 Dairy Products-Microbial Contaminants and Alkaline Phosphatase Activity (Compliance Policy Guide 7106.08); Availability

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AGENCY:

Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing the availability of draft Compliance Policy Guide Sec. 527.300 Dairy Products—Microbial Contaminants and Alkaline Phosphatase Activity (CPG 7106.08) (the draft CPG). The draft CPG, when finalized, will provide guidance for FDA staff on its enforcement policies for pathogens and other indicators of inadequate pasteurization or post-pasteurization contamination of dairy products.

DATES:

Although you can comment on any CPG at any time (see 21 CFR 10.115(g)(5)), to ensure that the agency considers your comment on the draft CPG before it begins work on the final version of the CPG, submit written or electronic comments on the draft CPG by February 1, 2010.

ADDRESSES:

Submit written comments on the draft CPG to the Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852. Submit electronic comments on the draft CPG to http://www.regulations.gov. Submit written requests for single copies of the draft CPG to the Division of Compliance Policy (HFC-230), Office of Enforcement, Food and Drug Administration, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857. Send two self-addressed adhesive labels to assist that office in processing your request. See the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for electronic access to the draft CPG.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Monica Metz, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (HFS-316), Food and Drug Administration, 5100 Paint Branch Pkwy., College Park, MD 20740, 301-436-2041.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

The draft CPG is intended to provide guidance for FDA staff regarding pathogens and indicators of inadequate pasteurization or post-pasteurization contamination of dairy products. The draft CPG outlines regulatory enforcement policies for FDA staff to use to initiate legal action recommendations based on analytical determinations that a dairy product contains a pathogenic micro-organism (i.e., Salmonella species, enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC) O157:H7, Campylobacter jejuni, Yersinia enterocolitica, or Clostridium botulinum); toxins produced by Clostridium botulinum, enterotoxigenic Staphylococcus, or Bacillus cereus; Staphylococcus aureus; Bacillus cereus, nontoxigenic Escherichia coli; or alkaline phosphatase. The draft CPG also contains information that may be useful to the regulated industry and to the public.

FDA is issuing the draft CPG as level 1 draft guidance consistent with FDA's good guidance practices regulation (21 CFR 10.115). The draft CPG, when finalized, will represent the agency's current thinking on pathogens and indicators of inadequate pasteurization or post-pasteurization contamination of dairy products. It does not create or confer any rights for or on any person and does not operate to bind FDA or the public. An alternate approach may be used if such approach satisfies the requirements of the applicable statutes and regulations.

II. Comments

Interested persons may submit to the Division of Dockets Management (see ADDRESSES) written or electronic comments regarding this document. Submit a single copy of electronic comments or two paper copies of any mailed comments, except that individuals may submit one paper copy. Comments are to be identified with the docket number found in brackets in the heading of this document. Received comments may be seen in the Division of Dockets Management between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

III. Electronic Access

Persons with access to the Internet may obtain the draft CPG at http://www.fda.gov/​ora/​compliance_​ref/​cpg/​default.htm or http://www.regulations.gov.

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Dated: November 24, 2009.

Michael A. Chappell,

Acting Associate Commissioner for Regulatory Affairs.

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[FR Doc. E9-28756 Filed 11-30-09; 8:45 am]

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