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Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for Office of Management and Budget Review; Comment Request; Food Additive Petitions

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AGENCY:

Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing that a proposed collection of information has been submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and clearance under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.

DATES:

Fax written comments on the collection of information by February 18, 2010.

ADDRESSES:

To ensure that comments on the information collection are received, OMB recommends that written comments be faxed to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, OMB, Attn: FDA Desk Officer, FAX: 202-395-7285, or e-mailed to oira_submission@omb.eop.gov. All comments should be identified with the OMB control number 0910-0546. Also include the FDA docket number found in brackets in the heading of this document.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Denver Presley Jr., Office of Information Management (HFA-710), Food and Drug Administration, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857, 301-796-3793.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

In compliance with 44 U.S.C. 3507, FDA has submitted the following proposed collection of information to OMB for review and clearance.

Food Additive Petitions (OMB Control Number 0910-0546)—Extension

Section 409(a) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the act) (21 U.S.C. 348(a)) provides that a food additive shall be deemed to be unsafe unless its use is permitted by a regulation which prescribes the condition(s) under which it may safely be used, or unless it is exempted by regulation for investigational use. Section 409(b) of the act specifies the information that must be submitted by a petition in order to establish the safety of a food additive and to secure the issuance of a regulation permitting its use.

To implement the provision of section 409 of the act, procedural regulations have been issued under part 571 (21 CFR part 571). These procedural regulations are designed to specify more thoroughly the information that must be submitted to meet the requirement set down in broader terms by the law. The regulations add no substantive requirements to those indicated in the law, but seek to explain the requirements and provide a standard format for submission of petitions, that when implemented, will speed up the time for processing. Labeling requirements for food additives intended for animal consumption are also set forth in various regulations contained in 21 CFR parts 573, 582, and 584 of the act. The labeling regulations are considered by FDA to be cross referenced to § 571.1, which is the subject of this same OMB clearance for food additive petitions.

In the Federal Register of October 6, 2009 (74 FR 51287), FDA published a 60-day notice requesting public comment on the proposed collection of information. No comments were received.

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Table 1.—Estimated Annual Reporting Burden1

21 CFR SectionNo. of RespondentsAnnual Frequency of ResponseTotal Annual ResponsesHours per ResponseTotal Hours
571.1(c) moderate category1113,0003,000
571.1(c) complex category11110,00010,000
571.6 amendment of petition22413005,200
Total Hours18,200
1 There are no capital costs or operating and maintenance costs associated with this collection of information.

571.1(c) moderate category: For food additive petition without complex chemistry, manufacturing, efficacy or safety issues, the estimated time requirement per petition is approximately 3,000 hours. An average of one petitions of this type is received on an annual basis, resulting in a burden of 3,000 hours.

571.1(c) complex category: For a food additive petition with complex chemistry, manufacturing, efficacy and/or safety issues, the estimated time requirement per petition is approximately 10,000 hours. An average of one petition of this type is received on an annual basis, resulting in a burden of 10,000 hours.

571.6: For a food additive petition amendment, the estimated time requirement per petition is approximately 1,300 hours. An average of four petitions of this type is received on an annual basis, resulting in a burden of 5,200 hours.

Thus, the estimated total annual burden for this information collection is 18,200 hours.

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Dated: January 12, 2010.

David Dorsey,

Acting Deputy Commissioner for Policy, Planning and Budget.

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[FR Doc. 2010-783 Filed 1-15-10; 8:45 am]

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