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FDA Calls for Comments on the Food Safety Modernization Act

Dear Produce Industry Member and other interested parties,

 

On January 16, 2013 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published in the Federal Register for public comment two proposed rules:  one on Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption (LINK TO FED REGISTER http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-01-16/html/2013-00123.htm); and the other on Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food (LINK TO FED REGISTER http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-01-16/html/2013-00125.htm).  These proposed rules are key components of the preventive approach to food safety established by the 2011 FDA Food Safety Modernization Act.

 

As a service to the produce industry we are distributing this link to FDA’s proposed rules for your information and review.   This invitation to comment is being sent to you as a service only, as the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has no formal role in the development or implementation of the proposed rules for the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act.

 

The produce industry, other stakeholders and the general public are being asked to participate in the rulemaking process by reviewing the proposed rules and submitting comments to FDA or at the regulations.gov portal (http://www.regulations.gov) by the due date of May 16, 2013.  Your substantive, specific comments with as much detail as you can provide as to what works for you and what doesn’t work (and why) will help guide our colleagues at FDA as they draft final rules on produce safety and preventive controls.  The Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption and for Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food will become effective only after the final rules are published in the Federal Register along with established compliance dates.

 

Should you have questions about FDA’s proposed rules on Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption or Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food, or any other FDA-related issue, please contact our FDA colleagues at [email protected] or Food and Drug Administration, 5100 Paint Branch Pkwy., Wiley Building, HFS-009, College Park, MD 20740, Attn: FSMA Outreach.

 

Thank you.

 

USDA AMS Fruit and Vegetable Program