[Federal Register: February 1, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 20)]
[Notices]               
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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Food and Drug Administration

[Docket No. 2005N-0029]

 
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; 
Comment Request; Infant Formula Recall Regulations

AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing an 
opportunity for public comment on the proposed collection of certain 
information by the agency. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 
(the PRA), Federal agencies are required to publish notice in the 
Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, 
including each proposed extension of an existing collection of 
information, and to allow 60 days for public comment in response to the 
notice. This notice solicits comments on requirements related to the 
recall of infant formula.

DATES: Submit written or electronic comments on the collection of 
information by April 4, 2005.

ADDRESSES: Submit written comments to the Division of Dockets 
Management (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, 
rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852. Submit electronic comments to http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/leaving.cgi?from=leavingFR.html&log=linklog&to=http://www.fda.gov/dockets/ecomments.
 All comments should be identified with 

the docket number found in brackets in the heading of this document.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Peggy Robbins, Office of Management 
Programs (HFA-250), Food and Drug Administration, 5600 Fishers Lane, 
Rockville, MD 20857, 301-827-1223.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the PRA (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520), Federal 
agencies must obtain approval from the Office of Management and Budget 
(OMB) for each collection of information they conduct or sponsor. 
``Collection of information'' is defined in 44 U.S.C. 3502(3) and 5 CFR 
1320.3(c) and includes agency requests or requirements that members of 
the public submit reports, keep records, or provide information to a 
third party. Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)) 
requires Federal agencies to provide a 60-day notice in the Federal 
Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including 
each proposed extension of an existing collection of information, 
before submitting the collection to OMB for approval. To comply with 
this requirement, FDA is publishing notice of the proposed collection 
of information set forth in this document.
    With respect to the following collection of information, FDA 
invites comments on these topics: (1) Whether the proposed collection 
of information is necessary for the proper performance of FDA's 
functions, including whether the information will have practical 
utility; (2) the accuracy of FDA's estimate of the burden of the 
proposed collection of information, including the

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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 
respondents, including through the use of automated collection 
techniques, when appropriate, and other forms of information 
technology.

Infant Formula Recall Regulations--21 CFR 107.230, 107.240, 107.250, 
107.260, 107.280 (OMB Control Number 0910-0188)--Extension

    Section 412(e) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the 
act) (21 U.S.C. 350a(e)) provides that if the manufacturer of an infant 
formula has knowledge that reasonably supports the conclusion that an 
infant formula processed by that manufacturer has left its control and 
may not provide the nutrients required in section 412(i) of the act or 
is otherwise adulterated or misbranded, the manufacturer must promptly 
notify the Secretary of Health and Human Services (the Secretary). If 
the Secretary determines that the infant formula presents a risk to 
human health, the manufacturer must immediately take all actions 
necessary to recall shipments of such infant formula from all wholesale 
and retail establishments, consistent with recall regulations and 
guidelines issued by the Secretary. Section 412(f)(2) of the act states 
that the Secretary shall by regulation prescribe the scope and extent 
of recalls of infant formula necessary and appropriate for the degree 
of risk to human health presented by the formula subject to recall. 
FDA's infant formula recall regulations (part 107 (21 CFR part 107), 
subpart E) implement these statutory provisions.
    Section 107.230 requires each recalling firm to conduct an infant 
formula recall with the following elements: (1) Evaluate the hazard to 
human health, (2) devise a written recall strategy, (3) promptly notify 
each affected direct account (customer) about the recall, and (4) 
furnish the appropriate FDA district office with copies of these 
documents. If the recalled formula presents a risk to human health, the 
recalling firm must also request that each establishment that sells the 
recalled formula post (at point of purchase) a notice of the recall and 
provide FDA with a copy of the notice. Section 107.240 requires the 
recalling firm to conduct an infant formula recall with the following 
elements: (1) Notify the appropriate FDA district office of the recall 
by telephone within 24 hours, (2) submit a written report to that 
office within 14 days, and (3) submit a written status report at least 
every 14 days until the recall is terminated. Before terminating a 
recall, the recalling firm is required to submit a recommendation for 
termination of the recall to the appropriate FDA district office and 
wait for written FDA concurrence (Sec.  107.250). Where the recall 
strategy or implementation is determined to be deficient, FDA may 
require the firm to change the extent of the recall, carry out 
additional effectiveness checks, and issue additional notifications 
(Sec.  107.260). In addition, to facilitate location of the product 
being recalled, the recalling firm is required to maintain distribution 
records for at least 1 year after the expiration of the shelf life of 
the infant formula (Sec.  107.280).
    The reporting and recordkeeping requirements described previously 
are designed to enable FDA to monitor the effectiveness of infant 
formula recalls in order to protect babies from infant formula that may 
be unsafe because of contamination or nutritional inadequacy or 
otherwise adulterated or misbranded. FDA uses the information collected 
under these regulations to help ensure that such products are quickly 
and efficiently removed from the market.
    FDA estimates the burden of this collection of information as 
follows:

                                                     Table 1.--Estimated Annual Reporting Burden\1\
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                                                                    Annual Frequency
               21 CFR Section                 No. of Respondents      per Response      Total Annual Responses   Hours per Response      Total Hours
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107.230                                                        2                    1                        2                4,500                9,000
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107.240                                                        2                    1                        2                1,482                2,964
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107.250                                                        2                    1                        2                  120                  240
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107.260                                                        1                    1                        1                  650                  650
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Total                                        ...................  ...................  .......................  ...................               12,854
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\1\ There are no capital costs or operating and maintenance costs associated with this collection of information.

    Under 5 CFR 1320.3(b)(2), the time, effort, and financial resources 
necessary to comply with a collection of information are excluded from 
the burden estimate if the reporting, recordkeeping, or disclosure 
activities needed to comply are usual and customary because they would 
occur in the normal course of activities. No burden has been estimated 
for the recordkeeping requirement in Sec.  107.280 because these 
records are maintained as a usual and customary part of normal business 
activities. Manufacturers keep infant formula distribution records for 
the prescribed period as a matter of routine business practice.
    The reporting burden estimate is based on agency records, which 
show that there are five manufacturers of infant formula and that there 
have been, on average, two infant formula recalls per year for the past 
3 years.

    Dated: January 25, 2005.
Jeffrey Shuren,
Assistant Commissioner for Policy.
[FR Doc. 05-1815 Filed 1-31-05; 8:45 am]

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