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Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Data to Support Food and Nutrition Product Communications, as Used by the Food and Drug Administration

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AGENCY:

Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

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 a generic clearance to collect information to support communications about nutrition and food products regulated by FDA. This data collection will gauge, informally, public opinion on a variety of subjects related to consumer, patient, or health care professional perceptions and use of nutrition and food products and related materials, including but not limited to, food advertising, food and nutrition labeling, emerging risk communications, online sales of food products, and consumer and professional education.

DATES:

Submit either electronic or written comments on the collection of information by February 28, 2011.

ADDRESSES:

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.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Denver Presley, Jr., Office of Information Management, Food and Drug Administration, 1350 Piccard Dr., PI50-400B, Rockville, MD 20850, 301-796-3793.

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SUPPLEMENTARY 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.Start Printed Page 82031

Data to Support Food and Nutrition Product Communications, as Used by the Food and Drug Administration—21 U.S.C. 393(d)(2)(D) (OMB Control Number 0910-NEW)

FDA plans to use the data collected under this generic clearance to inform its nutrition and foods communications campaigns. FDA expects the data to guide the formulation of its food and nutrition communication objectives. FDA also plans to use the data to help tailor print, broadcast, and use electronic media communications in order for them to have powerful and desired impacts on target audiences. The data will not be used for the purposes of making policy or regulatory decisions.

The information collected will serve two major purposes. First, as formative research, it will provide the critical knowledge needed about target audiences. FDA must explore audiences' beliefs, perceptions, and decisionmaking processes about nutrition and food consumption in order to formulate the basic objectives of its risk communication campaigns. Such knowledge will provide the needed target audience understanding to design effective communication strategies, messages, and product labels. These communications will aim to improve public understanding of the risks and benefits of consuming certain foods or nutritional products by providing users with a better context in which to place risk information more completely.

Second, as initial testing, it will give FDA some information about the potential effectiveness of messages and materials in reaching and successfully communicating with their intended audiences. Testing messages with a sample of the target audience will allow FDA to refine messages while still in the developmental stage. Respondents may be asked to give their reaction to the messages in individual or group settings.

FDA's Center of Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, Office of the Commissioner, and other Centers or Offices will use this mechanism to test messages about regulated food and nutrition products on a variety of subjects related to consumer, patient, or health care professional perceptions and use of foods and related materials, including but not limited to, food advertising, food and nutrition labeling, emerging risk communications, online sales of food products, and consumer and professional education. The data will not be used for the purposes of making policy or regulatory decisions.

FDA estimates the burden of this collection of information as follows:

Table 1—Estimated Annual Reporting Burden 1

Number of respondentsAnnual frequency per responseTotal annual responsesHours per responseTotal hours
Individual indepth interviews36013600.75270
General public focus group interviews14411441.5216
Intercept interviews: central location60016000.25150
Intercept interviews: telephone10,000 2110,0000.08800
Self-administered surveys2,40012,4000.25600
Gatekeeper reviews40014000.50200
Omnibus surveys2,40012,4000.17408
Total (general public)16,30416,3042,644
Total physician focus group interviews14411441.5216
Total (overall)2,860
1 There are no capital costs or operating and maintenance costs associated with this collection of information.
2 Brief interviews with callers to test messages, concepts and strategies following their call-in request to an FDA Center 1-800 number.

Annually, FDA projects about 30 communication studies using the variety of test methods listed in table 1. FDA is requesting this burden so as not to restrict the Agency's ability to gather information on public sentiment for its proposals in its regulatory and communications programs.

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Dated: December 22, 2010.

Leslie Kux,

Acting Assistant Commissioner for Policy.

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[FR Doc. 2010-32739 Filed 12-28-10; 8:45 am]

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