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Sadex Corp.; Filing of Food Additive Petition (Animal Use); Electron Beam and X-Ray Sources for Irradiation of Poultry Feed and Poultry Feed Ingredients

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ACTION:

Notice of petition.

SUMMARY:

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing that Sadex Corp. has filed a petition proposing that the food additive regulations be amended to provide for the safe use of electron beam and x-ray sources for irradiation of poultry feed and poultry feed ingredients.

DATES:

Submit either electronic or written comments on the petitioner's environmental assessment by March 30, 2012.

ADDRESSES:

Submit electronic comments 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.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Isabel W. Pocurull, Center for Veterinary Medicine (HFV-226), Food and Drug Administration, 7519 Standish Pl., Rockville, MD 20855, 240-453-6853, email: isabel.pocurull@fda.hhs.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (section 409(b)(5) (21 U.S.C. 348(b)(5)), notice is given that a food additive petition (FAP 2272) has been filed by Sadex Corp., 2650 Murray St., Sioux City, IA 51111. The petition proposes to amend Title 21 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) in part 579 Irradiation in the Production, Processing, and Handling of Animal Feed and Pet Food (21 CFR part 579) to provide for the safe use of electron beam and x-ray sources for irradiation of poultry feed and poultry feed ingredients.

The potential environmental impact of this action is being reviewed. To encourage public participation consistent with regulations issued under the National Environmental Policy Act (40 CFR 1501.4(b)), the Agency is placing the environmental assessment submitted with the petition that is the subject of this notice on public display at the Division of Dockets Management (see DATES and ADDRESSES) for public review and comment.

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. 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. FDA will also place on public display any amendments to, or comments on, the petitioner's environmental assessment without further announcement in the Federal Register. If, based on its review, the Agency finds that an environmental impact statement is not required and this petition results in a regulation, the notice of availability of the Agency's finding of no significant impact and the evidence supporting that finding will be published with the regulation in the Federal Register in accordance with 21 CFR 25.51(b).

Dated: February 24, 2012.

Bernadette Dunham,

Director, Center for Veterinary Medicine.

[FR Doc. 2012-4810 Filed 2-28-12; 8:45 am]

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