[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 234 (Thursday, December 7, 2017)]
[Notices]
[Pages 57760-57761]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-26356]


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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Food and Drug Administration

[Docket No. FDA-2013-N-1161]


Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for Office 
of Management and Budget Review; Comment Request; Food Safety Survey

AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA, Agency, or we) 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.

DATES: Fax written comments on the collection of information by January 
8, 2018.

ADDRESSES: 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 [email protected]. All 
comments should be identified with the OMB control number 0910-0345. 
Also include the FDA docket number found in brackets in the heading of 
this document.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ila S. Mizrachi, Office of Operations, 
Food and Drug Administration, Three White Flint North, 10A-12M, 11601 
Landsdown St., North Bethesda, MD 20852, 301-796-7726, 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In compliance with 44 U.S.C. 3507, FDA has 
submitted the following proposed collection of information to OMB for 
review and clearance.

Food Safety Survey

OMB Control Number 0910-0345--Extension

    Under section 1003(b)(2) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic 
Act (21 U.S.C. 393(b)(2)), we are authorized

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to conduct research relating to foods and to conduct educational and 
public information programs relating to the safety of the nation's food 
supply. The Food Safety Survey measures consumers' knowledge, 
attitudes, and beliefs about food safety. Previous versions of the 
survey were collected in 1988, 1993, 1998, 2001, 2006, 2010, and 2016. 
Food Safety Survey data are used to measure trends in consumer food 
safety habits including hand and cutting board washing, cooking 
practices, and use of food thermometers. Data are also used to evaluate 
educational messages and to inform policymakers about consumer 
attitudes about technologies such as food irradiation and 
biotechnology.
    The proposed Food Safety Survey will contain many of the same 
questions and topics as previous Food Safety Surveys to facilitate 
measuring trends in food safety knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors 
over time. The proposed survey will also be updated to explore emerging 
consumer food safety topics and expand understanding of previously 
asked topics.
    The methods for the proposed Food Safety Survey will be largely the 
same as those used with the previous Food Safety Surveys with the 
exception of the inclusion of address based sampling (ABS) methods to 
explore the method as a possible alternative for new survey questions. 
ABS is sampling from address frames that are usually based, in part, on 
residential addresses in the U.S. Postal Service Computerized Delivery 
Sequence File. ABS is a cost effective method of sampling that provides 
much coverage of U.S. households for in-person, mail, telephone, and 
multimode surveys (including web-based surveys.) The Food Safety Survey 
will continue to include cell phones in addition to landlines for the 
telephone interviews. A nationally representative sample of 4,000 
adults will be selected at random to complete the survey. The survey 
will also include an oversample of Hispanics and Blacks to ensure a 
minimum of 400 each. Additionally, methods will be employed to test for 
the presence of response bias. Participation in the survey will be 
voluntary. Cognitive interviews and a pre-test will be conducted prior 
to fielding the survey.
    In the Federal Register of July 3, 2017 (82 FR 30871), FDA 
published a 60-day notice requesting public comment on the proposed 
collection of information. We received two comments. One commenter 
discussed the importance of food safety, for which FDA agrees, and one 
commenter provided a comment which was unrelated to the information 
collection. After evaluating these comments, FDA will not revise the 
information collection.
    FDA estimates the burden of this collection of information as 
follows:

                                                     Table 1--Estimated Annual Reporting Burden \1\
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                                                               Number of
                 Activity                      Number of     responses per   Total  annual          Average burden  per response            Total hours
                                              respondents     respondent       responses
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Cognitive interview screener..............              75               1              75  0.083 (5 minutes)...........................               6
Cognitive interview.......................               9               1               9  1...........................................               9
Pretest screener..........................              45               1              45  0.0167 (1 minute)...........................               1
Pretest...................................              18               1              18  0.33 (20 minutes)...........................               6
Survey screener...........................          10,000               1          10,000  0.0167 (1 minute)...........................             167
Survey....................................           4,000               1           4,000  0.33 (20 minutes)...........................           1,320
Non-response survey screener..............             125               1             125  0.0167 (1 minute)...........................               2
Non-response survey.......................              50               1              50  0.167 (10 minutes)..........................               8
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    Total.................................  ..............  ..............  ..............  ............................................           1,519
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\1\ There are no capital costs or operating and maintenance costs associated with this collection of information.

    FDA's burden estimate is based on the Agency's prior experience 
with the Food Safety Survey. FDA estimates that the burden hours for 
this information collection will remain the same since the last OMB 
approval.

    Dated: December 1, 2017.
Leslie Kux,
Associate Commissioner for Policy.
[FR Doc. 2017-26356 Filed 12-6-17; 8:45 am]
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