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FDA Reviewing Info Collection on Processing and Importing of Fish and Fishery Products

Tuesday, August 06, 2013
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The Food and Drug Administration is inviting public comments through Oct. 7 on the proposed extension of the information collection provisions of its regulations requiring reporting and recordkeeping for processors and importers of fish and fishery products.

FDA regulations mandate the application of hazard analysis and critical control point principles to the processing of seafood. 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. The primary purpose of these records is to permit a processor to verify that products have been produced within carefully established processing parameters that ensure that hazards have been avoided. A review of these records during the conduct of periodic plant inspections also permits the FDA to determine whether the products have been consistently processed in conformance with appropriate HACCP food safety controls.

FDA regulations also require that importers of seafood products take affirmative steps and maintain records that verify that the fish and fishery products they offer for import into the U.S. were processed in accordance with HACCP and sanitation provisions. These records are also to be made available for review by the FDA.

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