FDA Comment Period for Proposed Food Safety Regulations Extended until November 15

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For those of you who haven’t yet had the chance to comment on the new Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) that is currently being developed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), you now have a little more time! Today, the FDA extended the public comment period from September 16 to a final deadline of November 15.

The Food Safety Modernization Act is legislation passed in early 2011 in response to various food safety scares. It will affect both farming and processing operations in a variety of ways. For a detailed analysis of how the FSMA may apply to your business, please check out the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition’s (NSAC) website pages on the Produce Rule and the Preventive Controls Rule. Also helpful is the FDA’s overview of who is covered by the produce rule.

Your feedback on the proposed rules will be critical to making sure that the FDA takes into consideration the organic community’s needs when constructing this sweeping set of regulations. CCOF continues to work with OTA and other coalition partners in assessing the rule. Stay tuned for a September webinar that will provide a more detailed overview of the OTA draft comments, and issues the organic community may want to comment on.

You can comment on either the Produce Rule or the Preventive Controls Rule by clicking through these links and hitting the “Comment Now” button in the top right corner.