Monday, November 18, 2013 by Lee Mannering
If you were following the Twitter conversations on the #FSMA hashtag last week, you probably noticed quite a few Tweets about frustrations around the technical difficulties stakeholders were experiencing when trying to submit comments to the regulations.gov website.
In response to these concerns, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration FDA made two separate announcements last Friday that caused PMA members to contact us for clarification on what was due and when it was due. Below are the new deadline dates and a recap of each:
- November 22, 2013: This is the new due date for industry comments on the proposed rules on produce safety and preventive controls for human foods. Comments were originally due last Friday, November 15, but FDA pushed the deadline back by a week due to the aforementioned technical difficulties.
- March 15, 2014: This is the new due date for industry comments on the environmental impact statement (EIS) that is related to the produce safety proposed rule. Comments were originally due last Friday as well. Again, this March 15 deadline is for feedback on the EIS only.
Some PMA members have asked about the environmental impact statement (EIS) and what it is about. Our Vice President of Food Safety and Technology Dr. Jim Gorny notes that “the FDA call for comments about the agency’s preparation of an environmental impact statement for the proposed produce safety rule is a separate and distinct issue from the proposed provisions put forth in the proposed the produce safety rule. The EIS is intended to evaluate the potential environmental effects of the proposed produce safety rule.”
In addition, a few weeks ago FDA announced it was extending the comment period on the foreign supplier verification and third-party audit accreditation proposed rules by 60 days. The new deadline is January 27, 2014.
PMA members are encouraged to visit to visit our FSMA Resource Center to access the latest FDA and PMA information resources, as well as our FSMA Community on PMA Xchange to ask questions and engage in conversations on this important food safety issue.
Tomorrow I’ll be taking a look at our comments on the produce safety proposed rule, with comments on the preventive controls rule coming Wednesday.