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

Thursday, April 25, 2013
By Shawn McCausland
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Food and Drug Administration has extended through Sept. 16 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 states that these are the first of five proposed rules that, once finalized, will establish the foundation of, and central framework for, the modern food safety system envisioned by Congress in the Food Safety Modernization Act. The other three proposed rules on preventive controls for animal food, the Foreign Supplier Verification Program and accreditation of third-party auditors are under review.

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