In response to a request by United and other industry groups to extend the comment period for the FSMA proposed rules, FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg today announced that FDA intends to extend the comment period by another 120 days. The comment period was originally set to end May 16. Commissioner Hamburg’s remarks about the extension were made in response to a question from Senator Roy Blunt, who made the inquiry at the request of United Fresh, during a hearing of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee. United expresses its appreciation to Sen. Blunt for his support of the industry.
The extension comes only days after United Fresh and other industry organizations sent a joint letter to FDA.
From the April 11 letter to FDA:
“Based on our current analysis, it would be impossible for any interested party to meaningfully comment on these two proposed rules by the current deadline of May 16, 2013 given they propose such a substantial overhaul of the structure of food safety regulation; the sheer size of the regulations lengthens the time necessary for analysis.”
United Fresh appreciates FDA’s willingness to provide more time for review of the proposed FSMA rules and looks forward to working with industry stakeholders and FDA during the deliberative review process.
More information about the Food Safety Modernization Act can be found at UnitedFresh.org/FSMA.