Food and Drug Administration, HHS.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing the availability of a draft guidance entitled “Prevention of Salmonella Enteritidis in Shell Eggs During Production, Storage, and Transportation” (the draft guidance). The draft guidance, when finalized, will provide guidance to egg producers on how to comply with certain provisions contained in FDA's final rule “Prevention of Salmonella Enteritidis in Shell Eggs During Production, Storage, and Transportation” (the final rule), including how to implement Salmonella Start Printed Page 48974Enteritidis (SE) prevention measures, how to sample for SE, and how to maintain records documenting compliance with the final rule.
Although you can comment on any guidance at any time (see § 10.115(g)(5) (21 CFR 10.115(g)(5))), to ensure that the agency considers your comments on the draft guidance before it begins work on the final version of the guidance, submit either electronic or written comments on the draft guidance by October 12, 2010.
Submit written requests for single copies of the draft guidance to the Division of Plant and Dairy Food Safety/Office of Food Safety, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (HFS-315), Food and Drug Administration,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 See the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for electronic access to the draft guidance. Submit electronic comments on the draft guidance to http://www.regulations.gov. Submit written comments to the Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Nancy Bufano, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (HFS-316), Food and Drug Administration, 5100 Paint Branch Pkwy., College Park, MD 20740, 301-436-1493.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
In the Federal Register of July 9, 2009 (74 FR 33030), FDA issued the final rule requiring shell egg producers to implement measures to prevent 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 final rule and to register with FDA. The final rule became effective September 8, 2009.
FDA is issuing the draft guidance as a level 1 draft guidance consistent with FDA's good guidance practices regulation (§ 10.115). The draft guidance, when finalized, will represent the agency's current thinking on how to comply with certain measures designed to prevent SE from contaminating eggs on the farm, as well as how to sample for SE and maintain records documenting compliance with the final rule. 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 draft guidance refers to previously approved collections of information found in FDA regulations. These collections of information are subject to review by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520). The collections of information in 21 CFR 118.5, 118.6, 118.10, and 118.11 have been approved under OMB control number 0910-0660.
Interested persons may submit to the Division of Dockets Management (see ADDRESSES) either electronic or written comments regarding this document. It is only necessary to send one set of comments. It is no longer necessary to send two copies of mailed comments. Identify comments 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.
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Dated: August 9, 2010.
Acting Assistant Commissioner for Policy.
[FR Doc. 2010-19905 Filed 8-11-10; 8:45 am]
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