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Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for Office of Management and Budget Review; Comment Request; Health and Diet Survey

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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 June 22, 2011.

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 0910-0545. 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, Food and Drug Administration, 1350 Piccard Dr., PI50-400B, Rockville, MD 20850, 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.

Health and Diet Survey—(OMB Control Number 0910-0545)—Extension

FDA is seeking extension of OMB approval for the Health and Diet Survey, which is a voluntary consumer survey intended to gauge and track consumer attitudes, awareness, knowledge, and behavior regarding various topics related to health, nutrition, and physical activity. The authority for FDA to collect the information derives from FDA's Commissioner of Food and Drugs authority provided in section 903(d)(2) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C. 393(d)(2)).

The survey consists of two independent data collection activities. One collection, entitled “Health and Diet Survey—General Topics,” tracks a broad range of consumer attitudes, awareness, knowledge, and self-reported behaviors related to key diet and health issues. The other collection, entitled “Health and Diet Survey—Dietary Guidelines Supplement,” will provide FDA with updated information about consumer attitudes, awareness, knowledge, and behavior regarding various elements of nutrition and physical activity based on the key recommendations of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which are jointly issued by the Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture every 5 years.

The information to be collected with the Health and Diet Survey—General Topics will include: (1) Awareness of diet-disease relationships, (2) food and dietary supplement label use, (3) dietary practices including strategies to lose or maintain weight, and (4) awareness and knowledge of dietary fats. This survey has been repeated approximately every 3 years over the course of the past several years for the purpose of tracking changes and trends in public opinions and consumer behavior, with some new questions added or omitted or partially modified each iteration in response to current events. In the next 3 years, FDA plans to field the Health and Diet Survey—General Topics in 2012 and anticipates that it might have the need for additional iterations in 2014. The information to be collected with the Health and Diet Survey—Dietary Guidelines Supplement will include: (1) Awareness and sources of information, (2) attitudes toward diet and physical activity, and (3) practice and knowledge related to recommended behaviors. The survey will also ask about perceptions and use of Federal nutrition information, special diet, weight status, health status, and demographics. In the next 3 years, FDA anticipates to field the Health and Diet Survey—Dietary Guidelines Supplement in 2011-2012.

FDA and other Federal Agencies will use the information from the Health and Diet Survey to evaluate and develop strategies and programs to encourage Start Printed Page 29758and help consumers adopt healthy lifestyles. The information will also help FDA and other Federal Agencies evaluate and track consumer awareness and behavior as outcome measures of their achievement in improving public health.

Description of Respondents: The respondents are adults, age 18 and older, drawn from the 50 States and the District of Columbia. Participation will be voluntary.

FDA bases its estimate of the number of respondents and the hours per response on its experience with previous Health and Diet Surveys. Prior to the administration of the Health and Diet Survey—General Topics, the Agency plans to conduct a pretest to identify and resolve potential problems. The pretest will be conducted with 27 participants; we estimate that it will take a respondent 15 minutes (0.25 hours) to complete the pretest, for a total of 6.75 hours, rounded to 7. The Agency will use a screener to select an eligible adult respondent in each household to participate in the survey. For the Health and Diet Survey—General Topics data collection activity, a total of 10,000 individuals in the 50 States and the District of Columbia will be screened by telephone. We estimate that it will take a respondent 1 minute (0.02 hours) to complete the screening, for a total of 200 hours. We estimate that 3,000 eligible adults will participate in the survey, each taking 15 minutes (0.25 hours), for a total of 750 hours. For the Health and Diet Survey—Dietary Guidelines Supplement data collection activity, 4,000 individuals in the 50 States and the District of Columbia will be screened by telephone. We estimate that it will take a respondent 1 minute (0.02 hours) to complete the screening questions, for a total of 80 hours. Of these respondents, 1,200 will complete the survey. We estimate that it will take a respondent 13 minutes (0.22 hours) to complete the entire survey, for a total of 264 hours. Thus, the total estimated burden is 1,301 hours.

In the Federal Register of January 7, 2011 (76 FR 1168), FDA published a 60-day notice requesting public comment on the proposed collection of information. FDA received two comments in response to the 30-day notice. The letters contained comments outside the scope of the four collection of information topics on which the notice solicits comments and, thus, will not be addressed here.

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

Table 1—Estimated Annual Reporting Burden 1

ActivityNumber of respondentsNumber of responses per respondentTotal annual responsesAverage burden per response (in hours) 2Total hours
General Topics: Pretest2712715/607
General Topics: Screener10,000110,0001/60200
General Topics: Survey3,00013,00015/60750
Dietary Guidelines Supplement: Screener4,00014,0001/6080
Dietary Guidelines Supplement: Survey1,20011,20013/60264
Total1,301
1 There are no capital costs or operating and maintenance costs associated with this collection of information.
2 Burden estimates of less than 1 hour are expressed as a fraction of an hour in the form “[number of minutes per response]/60”.
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Dated: May 12, 2011.

Leslie Kux,

Acting Assistant Commissioner for Policy.

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[FR Doc. 2011-12554 Filed 5-20-11; 8:45 am]

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