[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 60 (Tuesday, March 30, 2010)]
[Notices]
[Pages 15670-15671]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-7050]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

[Docket No. APHIS-2010-0008]


Notice of Request for Extension of Approval of an Information 
Collection; Importation of Live Poultry, Poultry Meat, and Other 
Poultry Products From Specified Regions

AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

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ACTION: Extension of approval of an information collection; comment 
request.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this 
notice announces the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's 
intention to request an extension of approval of an information 
collection associated with regulations for the importation of live 
poultry, poultry meat, and other poultry products from specified 
regions.

DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before June 
1, 2010.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to (http://www.regulations.gov/fdmspublic/component/main?main=DocketDetail&d=APHIS-2010-0008) to submit or view comments 
and to view supporting and related materials available electronically.
     Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Please send two copies of 
your comment to Docket No. APHIS-2010-0008, Regulatory Analysis and 
Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road Unit 118, 
Riverdale, MD 20737-1238. Please state that your comment refers to 
Docket No. APHIS-2010-0008.
    Reading Room: You may read any comments that we receive on this 
docket in our reading room. The reading room is located in room 1141 of 
the USDA South Building, 14th Street and Independence Avenue SW., 
Washington, DC. Normal reading room hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 
Monday through Friday, except holidays. To be sure someone is there to 
help you, please call (202) 690-2817 before coming.
    Other Information: Additional information about APHIS and its 
programs is available on the Internet at (http://www.aphis.usda.gov).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information on regulations for the 
importation of live poultry, poultry meat, and other poultry products 
from specified regions, contact Dr. Bettina Cooper, Staff Veterinarian, 
Technical Trade Services Team--Animals, NCIE, VS, APHIS, 4700 River 
Road Unit 39, Riverdale, MD 20737; (301) 734-3400; or Dr. Tracye 
Butler, Assistant Director, Technical Trade Services Team--Products, 
NCIE, VS, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 40, Riverdale, MD 20737; (301) 
734-3277. For copies of more detailed information on the information 
collection, contact Mrs. Celeste Sickles, APHIS' Information Collection 
Coordinator, at (301) 851-2908.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    Title: Importation of Live Poultry, Poultry Meat, and Other Poultry 
Products From Specified Regions.
    OMB Number: 0579-0228.
    Type of Request: Extension of approval of an information 
collection.
    Abstract: Under the Animal Health Protection Act (7 U.S.C. 8301 et 
seq.), the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) of the 
United States Department of Agriculture is authorized, among other 
things, to prohibit or restrict the importation and interstate movement 
of animals and animal products to prevent the introduction into and 
dissemination within the United States of livestock diseases and pests. 
To carry out this mission, APHIS regulates the importation of animals 
and animal products into the United States. The regulations are 
contained in title 9, parts 92 through 98, of the Code of Federal 
Regulations.
    Part 94, Sec.  94.26, allows the importation, subject to certain 
conditions, of live poultry, poultry meat, and other poultry products 
from certain regions, including Argentina and the Mexican States of 
Campeche, Quintana Roo, and Yucatan, that are free of exotic Newcastle 
disease (END). The conditions for importation require, among other 
things, certification from a full-time salaried veterinary officer of 
the national government of the exporting region that poultry and 
poultry products exported from one of these regions originated in that 
region (or in another region recognized by APHIS as free of END) and 
that before export to the United States, the poultry and poultry 
products were not commingled with poultry and poultry products from 
regions where END exists.
    We are asking the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve 
our use of these information collection activities for an additional 3 
years.
    The purpose of this notice is to solicit comments from the public 
(as well as affected agencies) concerning our information collection. 
These comments will help us:
    (1) Evaluate whether the collection of information is necessary for 
the proper performance of the functions of the Agency, including 
whether the information will have practical utility;
    (2) Evaluate the accuracy of our estimate of the burden of the 
collection of information, including the validity of the methodology 
and assumptions used;
    (3) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to 
be collected; and
    (4) Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those 
who are to respond, through use, as appropriate, of automated, 
electronic, mechanical, and other collection technologies; e.g., 
permitting electronic submission of responses.
    Estimate of burden: The public reporting burden for this collection 
of information is estimated to average 1 hour per response.
    Respondents: Federal animal health authorities of certain regions 
that export live poultry, poultry meat, and other poultry products; 
importers.
    Estimated annual number of respondents: 25.
    Estimated annual number of responses per respondent: 9.6.
    Estimated annual number of responses: 240.
    Estimated total annual burden on respondents: 240 hours. (Due to 
averaging, the total annual burden hours may not equal the product of 
the annual number of responses multiplied by the reporting burden per 
response.)
    All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the 
request for OMB approval. All comments will also become a matter of 
public record.
    Done in Washington, DC, this 24\th\ day of March 2010.

Gregory L. Parham
Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
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