[Federal Register: November 1, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 210)]
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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Food and Drug Administration

[Docket No. 2005D-0412]

 
Guidance for Industry: A Notice from the Food and Drug 
Administration to Growers, Food Manufacturers, Food Warehouse Managers, 
and Transporters of Food Products on Decontamination of Transport 
Vehicles; Availability

AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing the 
availability of a guidance for industry entitled ``A Notice from the 
Food and Drug Administration to Growers, Food Manufacturers, Food 
Warehouse Managers, and Transporters of Food Products on 
Decontamination of Transport Vehicles.'' This guidance is intended to 
provide information and references that can be used for the 
decontamination of food transport vehicles following Hurricanes Katrina 
and Rita in August and September 2005. The scope of this guidance is 
limited to decontamination of trucks, rail cars, and cold storage units 
that were flooded or otherwise impacted by the hurricanes, before being 
placed back in service to transport or store food.

DATES: This guidance is final upon the date of publication. Submit 
written or electronic comments on agency guidances at any time.

ADDRESSES: Submit written requests for single copies of the guidance to 
the Division of Plant Product Safety (HFS-305), Center for Food Safety 
and Applied Nutrition, Food and Drug Administration, 5100 Paint Branch 
Pkwy., College Park, MD 20747. Send one self-addressed adhesive label 
to assist that office in processing your requests or include a fax 
number to which the guidance may be sent. Submit written comments on 
the guidance 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. See 

the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for electronic access to the 
guidance.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael E. Kashtock, Center for Food 
Safety and Applied Nutrition (HFS-305), Food and Drug Administration, 
5100 Paint Branch Pkwy., College Park, MD 20747, 301-436-2022.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

    In the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the Center for 
Food Safety and Applied Nutrition has received inquiries about how food 
transport units such as trucks, rail cars, and cold storage units that 
were flooded or otherwise impacted by the hurricanes may be 
decontaminated for return to service to transport food. FDA is 
announcing the availability of a guidance document that provides 
information and references addressing this subject.
    FDA is issuing this document as a level 1 guidance consistent with 
FDA's good guidance practices regulation (Sec.  10.115 (21 CFR 
10.115)). The guidance is being implemented immediately without prior 
public comment, under Sec.  10.115(g)(2), because the agency has 
determined that prior public participation is not feasible or 
appropriate.

II. Comments

    Interested persons may submit to the Division of Dockets Management 
(see ADDRESSES) written or electronic comments regarding this guidance. 
Submit a single copy of electronic comments or two paper copies of any 
mailed comments, except that individuals may submit one paper copy. 
Comments are to be identified with the docket number found in brackets 
in the heading of this document. The guidance and received comments may 
be seen in the Division of Dockets Management between 9 a.m. and 4 
p.m., Monday through Friday.

III. Electronic Access

    Persons with access to the Internet may obtain the guidance 
document at http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/leaving.cgi?from=leavingFR.html&log=linklog&to=http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/guidance.html.


    Dated: October 14, 2005.
Jeffrey Shuren,
Assistant Commissioner for Policy.
[FR Doc. 05-21642 Filed 10-31-05; 8:45 am]

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