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Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption; Extension of Comment Period for Information Collection Provisions

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AGENCY:

Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

ACTION:

Proposed rule; extension of comment period for information collection provisions.

SUMMARY:

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or “we”) is extending the comment period for the information collection provisions of the proposed rule on “Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption” that appeared in the Federal Register of January 16, 2013. In the preamble to the proposed rule, FDA requested comments on the information collection provisions that are subject to review by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. We are taking this action in response to requests for an extension to allow interested persons additional time to submit comments on the information collection provisions associated with the rule.

DATES:

The comment period for the proposed rule published January 16, 2013 (78 FR 3504), is extended. Submit Start Printed Page 11612either electronic or written comments by May 16, 2013.

ADDRESSES:

To ensure that comments on 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 emailed to oira_submission@omb.eop.gov. All comments should be identified with the title “Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption.”

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Domini Bean, Office of Information Management, Food and Drug Administration, 1350 Picard Dr., PI50-400T, Rockville, MD 20850, Domini.Bean@fda.hhs.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

In the Federal Register of January 16, 2013 (78 FR 3504), FDA published a proposed rule entitled “Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption” with a 120-day comment period on the provisions of the proposed rule and a 30-day comment period on the information collection provisions that are subject to review by OMB under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520). Comments on the provisions of the rule and on the information collection provisions will inform FDA's rulemaking to establish science-based minimum standards for the safe growing, harvesting, packing, and holding of produce for human consumption to minimize the risk of serious adverse health consequences or death from consumption of contaminated produce.

We have received a request for a 90-day extension of the comment period for the information collection provisions of the proposed rule. The request conveyed concern that the current 30-day comment period does not allow sufficient time to provide meaningful input on the information collection provisions submitted to OMB under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.

We have considered the request and are extending the comment period for the information collection for 90 days, until May 16, 2013. We believe that a 90-day extension allows adequate time for interested persons to submit comments without significantly delaying rulemaking on these important issues. A 90-day extension also will make the comment period for the information collection provisions the same as the comment period for the provisions of the proposed rule.

II. Request for Comments

Interested persons may either submit electronic comments regarding the information collection to oira_submission@omb.eop.gov or fax written comments to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, OMB, Attn: FDA Desk Officer, FAX: 202-395-7285. All comments should be identified with the title “Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption.”

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Dated: February 13, 2013.

Leslie Kux,

Assistant Commissioner for Policy.

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[FR Doc. 2013-03778 Filed 2-15-13; 8:45 am]

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