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FDA Proposed Rule on Preventing Food Adulteration Will be Subject of Two Meetings

Friday, January 31, 2014
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Food and Drug Administration has scheduled two more meetings on a proposed rule that would require the largest food businesses in the U.S. and abroad to take steps to prevent facilities from being the target of intentional attempts to contaminate the food supply.Under this proposal, a food facility would be required to have a written food defense plan that addresses significant vulnerabilities in its food production process. Facilities then would have to identify and implement strategies to address these vulnerabilities, establish monitoring procedures and corrective actions, verify that the system is working, ensure that personnel assigned to the vulnerable areas receive appropriate training and maintain certain records.

In addition to its previously scheduled meeting on Feb. 20 in College Park, Md., the FDA has now scheduled the following meetings to discuss this proposal, solicit comments and respond to questions.

- Feb. 27 in Chicago (requests to make oral comment due by Feb. 10, advance registration due by Feb. 18, electronic or written comments due by March 31)

- March 13 in Anaheim Calif. (requests to make oral comment are due by Feb. 18, advance registration due by March 4, electronic or written comments are due by March 31)

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