FDA to Prepare Environmental Impact Statement on
Proposed Produce Rule
is also announcing the beginning of a “scoping process,” designed to determine
relevant issues that will influence the scope of the environmental analysis.
are due by November 15, 2013, to coincide with the closing of the recently
extended comment period for the proposed produce safety rule.
is conducting the EIS in response to comments and its own analysis that an
environmental analysis is needed. The agency is already assessing issues that
may give rise to significant impacts from the standpoint of the environment and
the practicality of the rules and alternative ways to achieve the food safety
is paralleling its own assessment of the issues with the EIS process, thus the
Agency doesn’t anticipate that the EIS will delay final rule deliberations, but
rather will generate additional data and analysis and provide the opportunity
for stakeholder engagement.
will carry out the EIS through a public process and actively engage various
stakeholders, including other Federal agencies, State agencies and Tribal
submit comments by mail, send to FDA at:
Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305)
Food and Drug Administration
5630 Fishers Lane, Rm. 1061
Rockville, MD 20852
submissions must include the agency name and docket number, FDA-2011-N-0921.
Labels: docket FDA-2011-N-0921, EIS, Environment Impact, FDA, Food and Drug Administration, Food Safety, FSMA, scoping process