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Comment Opportunity: FDA Produce Safety Proposed Rules

On January 16, 2013, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published in the Federal Register for public comment two proposed rules: 1) Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption & 2) Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food

On January 16, 2013, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published in the Federal Register for public comment two proposed rules:

Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption 

-- Submit Comments to FDA (deadline: 5/16/2013)

Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food 

-- Submit Comments to FDA (deadline: 5/16/2013)

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 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 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:     

FSMA@fda.hhs.gov or   

Food and Drug Administration
Attn: FSMA Outreach
5100 Paint Branch Pkwy.
Wiley Building, HFS-009
College Park, MD 20740

Thank you.

Fruit and Vegetable Program
USDA Agricultural Marketing Service

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