FDA could extend produce rule comment period

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is expected to extend the comment period deadline on one of the rules stemming from the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

Food Safety News reports FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said the extension could be for another 120 days. The end of the first 120 day comment period is coming up in mid-May.

The agency is expected to publish a notice in the Federal Register sometime next week.

The produce rule aims to create safety standards for produce that are science and risk-based. Large farms would have to be in compliance 26 months after the final rule is published with small operations being given extra time. It was published January 4 along with another FSMA rule on preventative controls.

In March, more than 250 groups wrote a letter to FDA asking for an extension on the comment period given the large amount of material to review.

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