[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 104 (Thursday, June 1, 2017)]
[Pages 25224-25226]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-11332]



Food Safety and Inspection Service

[Docket No. FSIS-2017-0022]

Notice of Request for Renewal of an Approved Information 
Collection (Electronic Import Inspection)

AGENCY: Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.


SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regulations, the Food Safety and 
Inspection Service (FSIS) is announcing its intention to request a 
renewal of the approved information collection regarding electronic 
import inspection. The approval for this information collection will 
expire on October 31, 2017. There are no changes to the existing 
information collection.

DATES: Submit comments on or before July 31, 2017.

ADDRESSES: FSIS invites interested persons to submit comments on this 
information collection. Comments may be submitted by one of the 
following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: This Web site provides the 
ability to type short comments directly into the comment field on this 
Web page or attach a file for lengthier comments. Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the on-line instructions at that site for 
submitting comments.
     Mail, including CD-ROMs, etc.: Send to Docket Clerk, U.S. 
Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service, Docket 
Clerk, Patriots Plaza 3, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Mailstop 3782, 
Room 8-163A, Washington, DC 20250-3700.
     Hand- or courier-delivered submittals: Deliver to Patriots 
Plaza 3, 355 E Street SW., Room 8-163A, Washington, DC 20250-3700.
    Instructions: All items submitted by mail or electronic mail must 
include the Agency name and docket number FSIS-2017-0022. Comments 
received in response to this docket will be made available for public 
inspection and posted without change, including any personal 
information, to http://www.regulations.gov.
    Docket: For access to background documents or comments received, go 

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the FSIS Docket Room at Patriots Plaza 3, 355 E Street SW., Room 8-164, 
Washington, DC 20250-3700 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday 
through Friday.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Gina Kouba, Office of Policy and 
Program Development, Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA, 1400 
Independence Avenue SW., Room 6065, South Building, Washington, DC 
20250; (202) 720-5627.

    Title: Electronic Import Inspection.
    OMB Number: 0583-0159.
    Expiration Date of Approval: 10/31/2017.
    Type of Request: Renewal of an approved information collection.
    Abstract: FSIS has been delegated the authority to exercise the 
functions of the Secretary as specified in the Federal Meat Inspection 
Act (FMIA) (21 U.S.C. 601, et seq.), the Poultry Products Inspection 
Act (PPIA) (21 U.S.C. 451, et seq.), and the Egg Products Inspection 
Act (EPIA) (21 U.S.C. 1031, et seq.). These statutes provide that FSIS 
is to protect the public by verifying that meat, poultry, and egg 
products are safe, wholesome, not adulterated, and properly labeled and 
    FSIS is requesting a renewal of the approved information collection 
regarding electronic import inspection. The approval for this 
information collection will expire on October 31, 2017. There are no 
changes to the existing information collection.
    FSIS requires foreign governments to submit information in addition 
to the foreign establishment certificate and the foreign inspection 
certificate in order for foreign establishments to be permitted to 
import product to the United States. The additional information 
required with the Foreign Establishment Certificate includes: the type 
of operation(s) conducted at the establishment (e.g., slaughter, 
processing, storage, exporting warehouse); and the establishment's 
eligibility status (e.g., new or relisted (if previously delisted)). 
Additionally, slaughter and processing establishment certifications 
must address the species and type of product(s) produced at the 
establishment and the process category.
    The additional information required with the Foreign Inspection 
Certificate includes: The species used to produce the product and the 
source country and foreign establishment number, if the source 
materials originate from a country other than the exporting country; 
the product's description, including the process category, the product 
category, and the product group; address of the consignor; address of 
the consignee; the name and address of the exporter; the name and 
address of the importer; and, any additional information the 
Administrator requests to determine whether the product is eligible to 
be imported into the U.S.
    Applicants that do not file this information electronically file 
can continue to submit paper applications to FSIS inspection personnel 
at an official import inspection establishment. The Import Inspection 
Application (FSIS Form 9540-1) must be provided to FSIS in advance of 
the presentation of the shipment at the official import inspection 
    FSIS also requires official import inspection establishments to 
develop, implement, and maintain written Sanitation Standard Operating 
Procedures (SSOPs), as provided in 9 CFR 416.11 through 416.17.
    FSIS has made the following estimates based upon an information 
collection assessment:
    Estimate of Burden: FSIS estimates that it will take respondents an 
average of 22.709 minutes to provide the additional information and 
maintain necessary documentation.
    Respondents: Foreign establishments, foreign governments and import 
inspection establishments.
    Estimated No. of Respondents: 150.
    Estimated No. of Annual Responses per Respondent: 530.4.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 30,112 hours.
Copies of this information collection assessment can be obtained from 
Gina Kouba, Office of Policy and Program Development, Food Safety and 
Inspection Service, USDA, 1400 Independence SW., 6065, South Building, 
Washington, DC 20250; (202) 720-5627.
    Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of 
information is necessary for the proper performance of FSIS's 
functions, including whether the information will have practical 
utility; (b) the accuracy of FSIS's estimate of the burden of the 
proposed collection of information, including the validity of the 
methodology and assumptions used; (c) ways to enhance the quality, 
utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways 
to minimize the burden of the collection of information, including 
through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or 
other technological collection techniques, or other forms of 
information technology. Comments may be sent to both FSIS, at the 
addresses provided above, and the Desk Officer for Agriculture, Office 
of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, 
Washington, DC 20253.
    Responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the 
request for OMB approval. All comments will also become a matter of 
public record.

Additional Public Notification

    Public awareness of all segments of rulemaking and policy 
development is important. Consequently, FSIS will announce this Federal 
Register publication on-line through the FSIS Web page located at: 
    FSIS also will make copies of this publication available through 
the FSIS Constituent Update, which is used to provide information 
regarding FSIS policies, procedures, regulations, Federal Register 
notices, FSIS public meetings, and other types of information that 
could affect or would be of interest to our constituents and 
stakeholders. The Update is available on the FSIS Web page. Through the 
Web page, FSIS is able to provide information to a much broader, more 
diverse audience. In addition, FSIS offers an email subscription 
service which provides automatic and customized access to selected food 
safety news and information. This service is available at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/subscribe. Options range from recalls to export 
information, regulations, directives, and notices. Customers can add or 
delete subscriptions themselves, and have the option to password 
protect their accounts.

USDA Non-Discrimination Statement

    No agency, officer, or employee of the USDA shall, on the grounds 
of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual 
orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, 
income derived from a public assistance program, or political beliefs, 
exclude from participation in, deny the benefits of, or subject to 
discrimination any person in the United States under any program or 
activity conducted by the USDA.

How To File a Complaint of Discrimination

    To file a complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program 
Discrimination Complaint Form, which may be accessed online at http://www.ocio.usda.gov/sites/default/files/docs/2012/Complain_combined_6_8_12.pdf, or write a letter signed by you or your 
authorized representative.
    Send your completed complaint form or letter to USDA by mail, fax, 
or email:

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    Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of 
Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250-9410.
    Fax: (202) 690-7442.
    Email: [email protected].
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for 
communication (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact 
USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD).

    Done at Washington, DC, on: May 25, 2017.
Alfred V. Almanza,
[FR Doc. 2017-11332 Filed 5-31-17; 8:45 am]