FDA extends comment periods on preventive controls, produce rule

fruit_vegetable_market_blogFollowing the release of two new proposed rules last month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has extended the comment period on two previously-released rules to give interested parties extra time to consider connections between them.

In its announcement of the foreign supplier verification and third party audit rules in July, the FDA noted that it intended to extend the comment periods on the preventive control rule and the produce rule to allow people to evaluate how the rules would interact. Today’s announcement made the extension official. This is the second comment period extension for the preventive control and produce rules, and the last, according to the FDA.

In April, the comment periods were extended an additional 120 days to September 16. With the new extension, those wishing to comment have until November 15, 2013.

The Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food (also known as the preventive controls rule) requires food producers, domestic or foreign, to have a plan in place for preventing their products from causing foodborne illness  and to have additional plans for corrective actions if issues do occur. Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption (also known as the produce rule), will create science and risk-based safety standards for produce.

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