FDA Grants Extension for Proposed FSMA Rules Comment Period


In response to a request by United Fresh and other industry groups to extend the comment period for the FSMA proposed rules, FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg announced that the FDA intends to extend the comment period by another 120 days. The comment period was originally set to end May 16. Hamburg's remarks about the extension were made in response to a question from Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., who made the inquiry at the request of United Fresh during a hearing of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee. United expresses its appreciation to Blunt for his support of the industry.

The extension comes only days after United Fresh and other industry organizations sent a joint letter to the FDA.

From the April 11 letter to the 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 the 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.

Please contact United's Robert Guenther or Dr. David Gombas with questions at 202-303-3400.