Make Our Food Safe

FDA Extends Public Comment Period For Proposed Food Safety Rules

U.S. Food and Drug Administration |

On April 24, FDA issued Federal Register notices to extend the comment periods on the proposed rules for Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food (the Preventive Controls proposed rule) and Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption (the Produce Safety proposed rule) until September 16, 2013.

Once finalized, the draft rules will establish produce safety standards to minimize contamination of fresh fruits and vegetables and develop prevention-based requirements for processed foods such as cookie dough and peanut butter.

Other provisions in the law sill under White House review include a new oversight system that will hold importers responsible for the safety of food they bring into the United States and establish third-party auditors who may be used to a limited degree for imported food. Another requirement will set safety standards for pet foods.