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Proposed Food Safety Rules for Foreign and Domestic Facilities Get Longer Comment Period

Friday, August 09, 2013
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Food and Drug Administration has extended for a second and final time, through Nov. 15, the period for public comments on two proposed rules issued in January under the Food Safety Modernization Act. The first rule would establish science-based minimum standards for the safe growing, harvesting, packing and holding of fruits and vegetables grown for human consumption. The second rule would apply to human food and require domestic and foreign facilities that are required to register under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act to have written plans that identify hazards, specify the steps that will be put in place to minimize or prevent those hazards, monitor results, and act to correct problems that arise.

The FDA is extending this comment period to give interested persons an opportunity to consider the interrelationships between these proposals and two other regulations on the Foreign Supplier Verification Program and the accreditation of third-party auditors. An ST&R white paper detailing the provisions of the FSVP and third-party auditor proposed rules is available here.

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