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

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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Food and Drug Administration
21 CFR Parts 16 and 112
[Docket No. FDA-2011-N-0921]
RIN 0910-AG35

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

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 theFederal Registerof 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. Submiteither 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.”

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.

Supplementary Information

I. Background

In theFederal Registerof 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.”

Dated: February 13, 2013.
Leslie Kux,
Assistant Commissioner for Policy.
[FR Doc. 2013-03778 Filed 2-15-13; 8:45 am]
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Comment Period Closed
Nov 22 2013, at 11:59 PM ET
ID: FDA-2011-N-0921-0028
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Date Posted: Feb 19, 2013
RIN: 0910-AG35
CFR: 21 CFR Parts 16 and 112
Federal Register Number: 2013-03778
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Comments Received*
I don't think beets, ginger, and brussel spouts should be on the exclusion list. I eat them raw, but they are excluded from safety rules because they are...
I was taken aback by the list of fruits and vegetables not covered by the proposed standards on the assumption that they are "never" eaten raw. I eat several of...
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