2018-14059. Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for Office of Management and Budget Review; Comment Request; Animal Food Labeling; Declaration of Certifiable Color Additives  

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    Food and Drug Administration, HHS.




    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing that a proposed collection of information has been submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and clearance under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.


    Fax written comments on the collection of information by July 30, 2018.


    To ensure that comments on the information collection are received, OMB recommends that written comments be faxed to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, OMB, Attn: FDA Desk Officer, Fax: 202-395-7285, or emailed to oira_submission@omb.eop.gov. All comments should be identified with the OMB control number 0910-0721.

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    Amber Sanford, Office of Operations, Food and Drug Administration, Three White Flint North, 10A-12M, 11601 Landsdown St., North Bethesda, MD 20852, 301-796-8867, PRAStaff@fda.hhs.gov.

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    In compliance with 44 U.S.C. 3507, FDA has submitted the following proposed Start Printed Page 30742collection of information to OMB for review and clearance.

    Animal Food Labeling; Declaration of Certifiable Color Additives

    OMB Control Number 0910-0721—Extension

    This information collection is associated with requirements under § 501.22(k) (21 CFR 501.22(k)) in which animal food manufacturers must declare the presence of certified and noncertified color additives in their animal food products on the product label. We issued this regulation in response to the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act of 1990 (Pub. L. 101-535) to make animal food regulations consistent with the regulations regarding the declaration of color additives on human food labels and to provide animal owners with information on the color additives used in animal food. Animal owners use the information to become knowledgeable about the foods they purchase for their animals. Color additive information enables a consumer to comparison shop and to avoid substances to which their animals may be sensitive.

    Description of Respondents: Respondents to this collection of information are manufacturers of pet food products that contain color additives. In the Federal Register of February 20, 2018 (83 FR 7198), FDA published a 60-day notice requesting public comment on the proposed collection of information.

    (Comment) One comment was received that supported FDA's need for the information collection and characterized the burden of the information collection as low compared to the importance of informative food labels. The comment did not suggest revising our estimate of the burden. However, it suggested we should provide greater detail about how we estimated the number of respondents and the flow of new products.

    (Response) We based our estimate of the number of respondents on the number of pet food manufacturers subject to this regulation. The figure of 3,120 used in table 1 was derived from the number of establishments listed under North American Industrial Classification System codes 311111 and 311119, including very small establishments. As noted in the 60-day notice, we based our estimate of the flow of new products on A.C. Nielsen data for the number of animal food product units for sale (for which sales of the products are greater than zero) in the latest year for which data is available, stated to be 25,874. Then, we assumed that the flow of new products would be 10 percent per year, for a figure of 2,587 new products per year. That figure was used in table 1 as our estimate of the total annual disclosures. FDA estimates the burden of this collection of information as follows:

    Table 1—Estimated Annual Third-Party Disclosure Burden 1

    21 CFR Section/activityNumber of respondentsNumber of disclosures per respondentTotal annual disclosuresAverage burden per disclosureTotal hours
    501.22(k); labeling of color additive or lake of color additive; labeling of color additives not subject to certification3,1200.82922,5870.25 (15 minutes)647
    1 There are no capital costs or operating and maintenance costs associated with this collection of information.

    The requirement became effective November 18, 2013; thus, we estimate that the burden associated with the labeling requirements under § 501.22(k) applies only to new product labels. Because the vast majority of animal food products that contain certified color additives are pet foods, we limit our burden estimate to reviewing labels for the use of certified color additives to pet food manufacturers subject to this regulation. Based on A.C. Nielsen data, we estimate that the number of animal food product units subject to § 501.22(k) for which sales of the products are greater than zero is 25,874. Assuming that the flow of new products is 10 percent per year, then 2,587 new animal food products subject to § 501.22(k) will become available on the market each year. We also estimate that there are approximately 3,120 manufacturers of pet food subject to either § 501.22(k)(1) or (2). Assuming the approximately 2,587 new products are split equally among the firms, then each firm would prepare labels for approximately 0.8292 new products per year (2,587 new products—3,120 firms is approximately 0.8292 labels per firm). We expect that firms prepare the required labeling for their products in a manner that takes into account at one time all information required to be disclosed on their product labels. Based on our experience with reviewing pet food labeling, we estimate that firms would require less than 0.25 hour (15 minutes) per product to comply with the requirement to include the color additive information pursuant to § 501.22(k). The total burden of this activity is 647 hours (2,587 labels × 0.25 hour/label is approximately 647 hours). The burden for this information collection has not changed since the last OMB approval.

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    Dated: June 26, 2018.

    Leslie Kux,

    Associate Commissioner for Policy.

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    [FR Doc. 2018-14059 Filed 6-28-18; 8:45 am]

    BILLING CODE 4164-01-P

Document Information

Health and Human Services Department
Food and Drug Administration
Document Number:
Fax written comments on the collection of information by July 30, 2018.
30741-30742 (2 pages)
Docket Numbers:
Docket No. FDA-2009-N-0025
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