FSMA rules comment period delayed

Proposed rules for Foreign Supplier Verification Programs and Accreditation of Third-Party Auditors/Certification Bodies extended until Jan. 27.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is extending the comment period on two proposed rules: “Foreign Supplier Verification Programs for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals” (FSVPs) and “Accreditation of Third-Party Auditors/Certification Bodies to Conduct Food Safety Audits and to Issue Certifications” (Third-Party) that appeared in the July 29, 2013 Federal Register

Comments on these two proposed rules as well as comments on the information collection provisions associated with these rules may be submitted until January 27, 2014. Comments were originally due by November 26, 2013.

FDA said it is taking this action in response to requests for an extension to allow interested persons an opportunity to consider the interrelationship between these two proposed rules and the proposed rule announced in October 2013, “Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Food for Animals.”

FDA also extended the comment period for the  “Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Rule: Standards for Growing, Harvesting, Packing and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption” until March 15, 2014.

The first of three Federal Drug Administration public meetings on the recently proposed performance standards rule for animal feed and pet food required by the Food Safety Modernization Act will be held Nov. 21 at the Harvey W. Riley Federal Building in College Park, Md.

The agency will take public comments and questions throughout the meeting. The meeting will be from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. More information is available at www.fda.gov/fsma.

Submit comments on the proposed rules electronically at http://www.regulations.gov, using the Agency name and docket number FDA-2011-N-0143 (FSVPs) or FDA-2011-N-0146 (Third-Party).

To submit comments on the proposed rules by mail, send to:
Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305)
Food and Drug Administration
5630 Fishers Lane, Rm 1061
Rockville, MD 20852
Comments should be identified with the docket number.

Submit comments electronically on the information collection to [email protected]. Comments should be identified with the title of the appropriate proposed rule. 

Written comments on the information collection may also be faxed to: Information and Regulatory Affairs, OMB, Attn: FDA Desk Officer, FAX: 202-395-7285

. Comments should be identified with the title of the appropriate proposed rule.

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