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Information Collections on Imported Juice, Fish and Autos Under Review

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
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Juice. The Food and Drug Administration is accepting comments through Jan. 21 on the proposed extension of the information collection provisions in the agency’s regulations concerning the application of hazard analysis and critical control point procedures for the safe and sanitary processing and importing of fruit and vegetable juices. Under HACCP, processors establish and follow a preplanned sequence of operations and observations designed to avoid or eliminate one or more specific food hazards and thereby ensure that their products are safe, wholesome and not adulterated. Information development and recordkeeping are essential parts of any HACCP system, and the information collection requirements are narrowly tailored to focus on the development of appropriate controls and document those aspects of processing that are critical to food safety.

Fish. The FDA has extended through Dec. 20 the deadline for comments on the proposed extension of the information collection requirements associated with HACCP procedures for processing and importing fish and fishery products. The HACCP records compiled and maintained by a seafood processor primarily consist of the periodic observations recorded at selected monitoring points during processing and packaging operations. Importers of seafood products are required to take affirmative steps and maintain records that verify that the fish and fishery products they offer for import into the United States were processed in accordance with the HACCP and sanitation provisions.

Automakers. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is soliciting comments through Jan. 21 on an information collection concerning the designation by foreign motor vehicle and motor vehicle equipment manufacturers of a permanent U.S. resident as an agent upon whom service of notices and processes may be made in administrative and judicial proceedings. NHTSA requires this information in case it needs to advise a foreign manufacturer of a safety-related defect in its products so that the manufacturer can, in turn, notify purchasers and correct the defect. This information also enables NHTSA to serve a foreign manufacturer with all administrative and judicial processes, notices, orders, decisions and requirements.

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