Docket Management
Docket: 02N-0112 - Agency Information Collection Activities: Regulations Under the Federal Import Milk Act
Comment Number: EC -3

Accepted - Volume 1

Comment Record
Commentor Dr. Robert Byrne Date/Time 2002-06-11 16:19:22
Organization National Milk Producers Federation
Category Association

Comments for FDA General
1. Is the proposed collection of information necessary for the proper performance of FDA's functions? Will the information have practical utility? The proposed collection of information is very necessary for the proper performance of FDA's functions. Under the Federal Import Milk Act regulations, FDA must obtain information from companies that wish to import milk and cream into the U.S. This information is directly related to FDA's responsibility to protect the public health of U.S. citizens. An import permit that requires cows to be healthy, a tuberculin test to be passed, farms and plants to meet basic sanitation requirements, microbiological limits, and temperature control is absolutely within FDA's function.
5. General Comments The National Milk Producers Federation, headquartered in Arlington, VA, develops and carries out policies that advance the well-being of U.S. dairy producers and the cooperatives they collectively own. The members of NMPF’s 30 cooperatives produce the majority of the U.S. milk supply, making NMPF the voice of 60,000 dairy producers on Capitol Hill and with government agencies. The National Milk Producers Federation strongly supports continuing the collection of information under the Federal Import Milk Act regulations. This information is necessary to protect the health of U.S. consumers and to ensure that products imported into the U.S. are meeting similar requirements to those that are produced and manufactured in the U.S. These regulations and the resulting information collection are also necessary to establish a level playing field for domestic and foreign producers and manufacturers of dairy products. The requirements of the Import Milk Act regulations are, in fact, less burdensome than and not as strict as the requirements that FDA has for the domestic milk supply. Since the adoption of the regulations under the Federal Import Milk Act in 1927, the domestic industry has experienced numerous changes in regulations while the Import Milk Act regulations have remained the same. These regulations should be more reflective of the standards that U.S. producers and processors must follow.

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