Posted August 12, 2013

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has officially extended the comment period for the proposed rules, “Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food” and “Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption.”  The comment period has been extended 60 days, until Nov. 15, 2013.  The Federal Register notices are available here.

According to Food Safety News, the extension will “allow interested persons the opportunity to consider the interrelationships between these proposals” and two new proposals, published on July 29, 2013, “Foreign Supplier Verification Programs for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals and the Accreditation of Third-Party Auditors/Certification Bodies to Conduct Food Safety Audits and to Issue Certifications.”
These proposals are part of the foundation of the “modern food safety system envisioned by Congress in the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FMSA)”.  The Food Safety News article is available here.  For detailed information on the FMSA, please visit the Center website, here.