Food and Drug Administration, HHS.
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.
Fax written comments on the collection of information by April 27, 2011.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. All comments should be identified with the OMB control number 0910-0560. Also include the FDA docket number found in brackets in the heading of this document.Start Further Info
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Denver Presley, Jr., Office of Information Management, Food and Drug Administration, 1350 Piccard Dr., PI50-400B, Rockville, MD 20850, 301-796-3793.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
In compliance with 44 U.S.C. 3507, FDA has submitted the following proposed collection of information to OMB for review and clearance.
Recordkeeping and Records Access Requirements for Food Facilities—21 CFR 1.337, 1.345, and 1.352 (OMB Control Number 0910-0560)—Extension
The Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002 (the Bioterrorism Act) added section 414 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the FD&C Act) (21 U.S.C. 350c), which requires that persons who manufacture, process, pack, hold, receive, distribute, transport, or import food in the United States establish and maintain records identifying the immediate previous sources and immediate subsequent recipients of food. Sections 1.326 through 1.363 of FDA's regulations (21 CFR 1.326 through 1.363) set forth the requirements for recordkeeping and records access. The requirement to establish and maintain records improves FDA's ability to respond to, and further contain, threats of serious adverse health consequences or death to humans or animals from accidental or deliberate contamination of food.
Description of Respondents: Persons that manufacture, process, pack, hold, receive, distribute, transport, or import food in the United States are required to establish and maintain records, including persons that engage in both interstate and intrastate commerce.
FDA's regulations require that records for non-transporters include the name and full contact information of sources, recipients, and transporters, an adequate description of the food including the quantity and packaging, and the receipt and shipping dates (§§ 1.337 and 1.345). Required records for transporters include the names of consignor and consignee, points of origin and destination, date of shipment, number of packages, description of freight, route of movement and name of each carrier participating in the transportation, and transfer points through which shipment moved (§ 1.352). Existing records may be used if they contain all of the required information and are retained for the required time period.
In the Federal Register of January 13, 2011 (76 FR 2396), FDA published a 60-day notice requesting public comment on the proposed collection of information. FDA received one letter containing multiple comments in response to the notice.
(Comment 1) One comment was generally supportive of the necessity of the information collection and its practical utility.
(Response) FDA agrees. As discussed previously in this document, the requirement to establish and maintain records improves FDA's ability to respond to, and further contain, threats of serious adverse health consequences or death to humans or animals from accidental or deliberate contamination of food.
(Comment 2) Another comment stated that accurate recordkeeping is integral to the effective and timely tracing of food products through the supply chain and, to support effective product tracing, suggested that industry should determine the Critical Tracking Events (CTEs) and the Key Data Elements (KDEs) necessary for product tracing; FDA should encourage the adoption of standard ways to express this Start Printed Page 17132information as well as the adoption of electronic recordkeeping and electronic submission of data to the agency; and, review of product tracing procedures should be part of standard audits.
(Response) FDA agrees that recordkeeping is key to effective product tracing. However, to the extent that the comments suggest changes to the requirements of the recordkeeping regulations in sections 1.326 through 1.363, such requests are outside the scope of the four collection of information topics on which the notice solicits comments. Such changes to the current recordkeeping requirements can only be accomplished by notice and comment rulemaking.
FDA estimates the burden of this collection of information as follows:
|21 CFR Section||Number of recordkeepers||Annual frequency per recordkeeping||Total annual records||Hours per record||Total hours|
|1.337, 1.345, and 1.352 (Records maintenance)||379,493||1||379,493||13.228||5,020,000|
|1.337, 1.345, and 1.352 (Learning for new firms)||18,975||1||18,975||4.790||90,890|
|1 There are no capital costs or operating and maintenance costs associated with this collection of information.|
This estimate is based on FDA's estimate of the number of facilities affected by the final rule entitled “Establishment and Maintenance of Records Under the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002,” published in the Federal Register of December 9, 2004 (69 FR 71562 at 71630). With regard to records maintenance, FDA estimates that approximately 379,493 facilities will spend 13.228 hours collecting, recording, and checking for accuracy of the limited amount of additional information required by the regulations, for a total of 5,020,000 hours annually. In addition, FDA estimates that new firms entering the affected businesses will incur a burden from learning the regulatory requirements and understanding the records required for compliance. In this regard, the Agency estimates the number of new firms entering the affected businesses to be 5 percent of 379,493, or 18,975 firms. Thus, FDA estimates that approximately 18,975 facilities will spend 4.790 hours learning about the recordkeeping and records access requirements, for a total of 90,890 hours annually. Therefore, the total annual recordkeeping burden is estimated to be 5,110,890 hours.Start Signature
Dated: March 23, 2011.
Acting Deputy Commissioner for Policy, Planning and Budget.
[FR Doc. 2011-7188 Filed 3-25-11; 8:45 am]
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