FDA to Hold Public Meeting on Two Major FSMA Proposed Rules


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA): Proposed Rules for Produce Safety and for the Preventive Controls for Human Food Public Meeting. The first meeting in a series of three public meetings to be held on these FSMA proposals will be held on February 28, 2013, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. and March 1, 2013, 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m., at the Jefferson Auditorium, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 14th and Independence Avenue, SW, Wing 5 Entrance, Washington, D.C. Information on the other two public meetings including dates, locations, and registration information will be released shortly. The agenda format for all three meetings will be the same.

The purpose of the meeting on February 28 and March 1 is to discuss the proposed rules to establish standards for growing, harvesting, packing, and holding of produce for human consumption (the produce safety proposed rule) and for current good manufacturing practice and hazard analysis and risk-based preventive controls for human food (the preventive controls for human food proposed rule), which are the first of several proposed rules that would establish the foundation of, and central framework for, the modern food safety system envisioned by Congress in the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The meeting is also designed to solicit oral and public comments from stakeholders on the proposed rules, inform the public about the rulemaking process (including how to submit comments, data and other information to the rulemaking dockets), and respond to questions about the proposed rules.

Public meeting attendees are encouraged to register online or contact: Courtney Treece, Planning Professionals, Ltd., 1210 W. McDermott, Suite 111, Allen, TX 75013, telephone: 704-258-4983, fax: 469-854-6992, email: ctreece@planningprofessionals.com.

For general questions about the meeting or to request special accommodations due to a disability, contact: Juanita Yates, FDA, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, telephone: 240-402-1731, email: juanita.yates@fda.hhs.gov.

Additional Information and Registration:

Federal Register Notice for the Public Meeting

Register Online

Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)

Overview of the FSMA Proposed Rules on Produce Safety Standards and Preventive Controls for Human Food

Fact Sheet on the FSMA Proposed Rule for Produce: Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption

Fact Sheet on the FSMA Proposed Rule for Preventive Controls for Human Food: Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food

Please note the following important dates:

February 8, 2013: Closing date for requests to make oral comment
February 15, 2013: Closing date to request special accommodation due to a disability
February 20, 2013: Closing date for advance registration
May 16, 2013: Closing date to submit either electronic or written comments to FDA's Division of Dockets Management. For the proposed rule on Preventive Controls, see Docket No. FDA-2011-N-0920. For the proposed rule on Produce Safety Standards, see Docket No. FDA-2011-N-0921.