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Food Facility, Chemical Imports Information Collections Under Review

Thursday, June 26, 2014
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Food and Drug Administration is accepting comments through July 28 on the proposed extension of the recordkeeping and records access requirements for food facilities. Persons who manufacture, process, pack, hold, receive, distribute, transport or import food in the U.S. must establish and maintain records identifying the immediate previous sources and immediate subsequent recipients of food. Records for non-transporters must include the name and full contact information of sources, recipients and transporters, an adequate description of the food (including the quantity and packaging), and the receipt and shipping dates. Required records for transporters include the names of consignor and consignee, points of origin and destination, date of shipment, number of packages, description of freight, route of movement and name of each carrier participating in the transportation, and transfer points through which shipment moved.

Separately, the Environmental Protection Agency is extending through July 28 the period for public comments on an information collection entitled “Chemical-Specific Rules, TSCA Section 8(a).” Section 8(a) of the Toxic Substances Control Act authorizes the EPA to promulgate rules that require persons who manufacture, import or process chemical substances and mixtures, or who propose to do so, to maintain such records and submit such reports as may be reasonably required. Information that may be collected under section 8(a) includes chemical names; categories of use; production or processing volume; byproducts of chemical production, processing, use or disposal; existing data concerning environmental and health effects; exposure data; and disposal information. Generally, the EPA uses chemical-specific information under section 8(a) to evaluate the potential for adverse human health and environmental effects caused by the manufacture (including import), processing use or disposal of identified chemical substances and mixtures. The EPA may also use 8(a) information to assess the need or set priorities for testing and/or further regulatory action.

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