Technical problems force one-week FSMA comment deadline extension

The comment period deadline for the produce safety and preventive controls portions of the Food Safety Modernization Act have been extended by one week by FDA. The deadline was to have been Nov. 15, but has been moved back after a series of technical problems with the website the federal government uses to receive comments.

“We are very interested in your comments on the proposed rule on produce safety and preventive controls for human food and have made every effort to encourage input since they were first published in January 2013.  Our efforts include extending the comment period twice, holding three public meetings, and visiting farms across the country. 

“That is why we are concerned about the intermittent technical difficulties that have occurred in November with the website, which have prevented some people from submitting comments.  We know that these difficulties are inconvenient and very frustrating,” FDA said in a press release.

FDA has also extended the comment period for a related document, the Environmental Impact Statement for FSMA’s produce rule. Comments on this document may now be submitted to FDA until March 15, 2004.

Originally posted Friday, Nov. 15, 2013

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