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Small Entity Compliance Guide: Prevention of Salmonella Enteritidis in Shell Eggs During Production, Storage, and Transportation; 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 a guidance entitled “Prevention of Salmonella Enteritidis in Shell Eggs During Production, Storage, and Transportation—Small Entity Compliance Guide.” The small entity compliance guide (SECG) is being issued for a final rule published in the Federal Register of July 9, 2009, and is intended to set forth in plain language the requirements of the regulation and to help small businesses understand the regulation. Elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register, FDA is amending its July 9, 2009, regulation to correct the date by which producers must register their farm with FDA, reflect a change in the address and telephone number for requesting copies of Form No. 3733, and reflect a change in the address to which producers must send their CD-ROM.

DATES:

Submit electronic or written comments on the SECG at any time.

ADDRESSES:

Submit electronic comments on the SECG to http://www.regulations.gov. Submit written comments on the SECG to the Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852. Submit written requests for single copies of the SECG to the Division of Plant and Dairy Food Safety/Office of Food Safety, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (HFS-315), Food and Drug Administration, 5100 Paint Branch Pkwy., College Park, MD 20740, or fax your request to 301-436-1070. Send two self-addressed adhesive labels to assist that office in processing your request. See the Start Printed Page 18850 SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for electronic access to the SECG.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Nancy S. Bufano, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (HFS-315), Food and Drug Administration, 5100 Paint Branch Pkwy., College Park, MD 20740, 301-436-1493.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

In the Federal Register of July 9, 2009 (74 FR 33030), FDA issued a final rule requiring shell egg producers to implement measures to prevent Salmonella Enteritidis (SE) from contaminating eggs on the farm and from further growth during storage and transportation, and requiring these producers to maintain records concerning their compliance with the rule and to register with FDA. The final rule became effective September 8, 2009.

FDA examined the economic implications of the final rule as required by the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601-612) and determined that the final rule will have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. In compliance with section 212 of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act (Public Law 104-121), FDA is making available this SECG stating in plain language the requirements of the regulation.

FDA is issuing this SECG as level 2 guidance consistent with FDA's good guidance practices regulation (21 CFR 10.115(c)(2)). The SECG represents FDA's current thinking on the prevention of SE in shell eggs. It does not create or confer any rights for or on any person and does not operate to bind FDA or the public. An alternative approach may be used if such approach satisfies the requirements of the applicable statutes and regulations.

II. Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995

This SECG refers to collections of information described in FDA's final rule that published in the Federal Register of July 9, 2009 (74 FR 33030 at 33089), and that became effective on September 8, 2009. As stated in the final rule, these collections of information are subject to review by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (the PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520). In compliance with the PRA (44 U.S.C. 3507(d)), the agency has submitted the information collection provisions of the final rule to OMB for review. FDA will publish a notice in the Federal Register announcing OMB's decision to approve, modify, or disapprove the information collection provisions in this final rule. An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

III. Comments

Interested persons may submit to the Division of Dockets Management (see ADDRESSES) electronic or written comments regarding this SECG. 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. The SECG and received comments may be seen in the Division of Dockets Management between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

IV. Electronic Access

Persons with access to the Internet may obtain the document at http://www.fda.gov/​FoodGuidances or http://www.regulations.gov.

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Dated: April 7, 2010.

Leslie Kux,

Acting Assistant Commissioner for Policy.

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[FR Doc. 2010-8359 Filed 4-12-10; 8:45 am]

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