Comment period extended for FSMA import rules

FDA has extended the comment period for the two Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) import rules by 60 days.

Comments were originally due by Nov. 6 and may now be submitted until Jan. 27, 2014.

The two proposed rules are “Foreign Supplier Verification Programs for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals” and “Accreditation of Third-Party Auditors/Certification Bodies to Conduct Food Safety Audits and to Issue Certifications.”

FDA said it was extending the comment period deadlines “in response to requests for an extension to allow interested persons an opportunity to consider the relationship between these two proposed rules and the proposed rule announced in October 2013 called “Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Food for Animals.”

Submit comments on the proposed rules electronically at, using the Agency name and docket number FDA-2011-N-0143 (FSVPs) or FDA-2011-N-0146 (Third-Party).

The comment periods for two other FSMA rules, those covering the growing of produce and preventive controls, are set to expire Friday, Nov. 22. 

Originally posted Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013

Tags: fda, food safety, fsma