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Revision of a Currently Approved Collection

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Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA.


Notice and request for comments.


In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) intention to request approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), for a revision of a currently approved collection for the Regulations Governing the Inspection and Grading of Manufactured or Processed Dairy Products—Recordkeeping (Subpart B).


Comments received by June 14, 2021 will be considered.


Comments should be submitted at the Federal eRulemaking portal: All comments can be viewed at:

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Dennis Glick, Dairy Grading and Standardization Division, Dairy Program, AMS, USDA, Room 2968-South Building, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20250-0230; Telephone: 202-720-4392, Fax: 202-690-3410,

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Title: Regulations Governing the Inspection and Grading of Manufactured or Processed Dairy Products—Record Keeping (Subpart B).

OMB Number: 0581-0110.

Expiration Date of Approval: May 31, 2021.

Type of Request: Revision of a currently approved collection.

Abstract: The Agricultural Marketing Act (AMA) of 1946 (7 U.S.C. 1621 et seq.) directs the U.S. Department Agriculture (USDA) to develop programs which will provide for and facilitate the marketing of agricultural products. One of these programs is the USDA voluntary inspection and grading program for dairy products (7 CFR part 58).

Dairy products are graded according to U.S. grade standards by a USDA grader. Dairy processors, buyers, retailers, institutional users, and consumers have requested that such a program be developed to assure the uniform quality of dairy products purchased. In order for any service program to perform satisfactorily, there are regulations for the provider and user. For these reasons, the dairy inspection and grading program regulations were developed and issued under the authority of AMA. These regulations are essential to administer the program to meet the needs of the user and to carry out the purposes of AMA.

The information collection requirements in this request are essential to carry out the intent of AMA to ensure that dairy products are produced under sanitary conditions and buyers are purchasing a quality product. In order for the General Specifications for Dairy Plants Approved for USDA Inspection and Grading Service to serve the government, industry, and the consumer, laboratory test results must be recorded.

Respondents are not required to submit information to the agency. The records are to be evaluated by a USDA inspector at the time of an inspection. These records include quality tests of each producer, plant records of required tests and analysis, and starter and cheese make records. As an offsetting benefit, the records required by USDA are also records that are routinely used by the inspected facility for their own supervisory and quality control purposes.

Estimate of Burden: Public recordkeeping burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 2.73 hours per response.

Respondents: Dairy products manufacturing facilities.

Estimated Number of Respondents: 362.

Estimated Number of Responses: 362.

Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 1.

Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 961.5.

Comments are invited on: (1) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) the accuracy of the agency'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 those who are to respond, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the request for OMB approval. All comments will become a matter of public record.

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Bruce Summers,

Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service.

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[FR Doc. 2021-07511 Filed 4-12-21; 8:45 am]