Comment Deadline is now November 22
FDA announced TODAY it has extended the Comment Period for the Proposed Rules
for Produce Safety and Preventive Controls for Human Food to November 22,
invites public comment on its proposed rule on preventive controls for human
food that focuses on preventing problems that can cause foodborne illness.
proposed rule, which is required by FDA FSMA, would apply to many domestic and
foreign firms that manufacture, process, pack or hold human food. These firms
would be required to have written plans that identify hazards, specify the
steps that will be put in place to minimize or prevent those hazards, identify
monitoring procedures and record monitoring results and specify what actions
will be taken to correct problems that arise. FDA would evaluate the plans and
continue to inspect facilities to make sure the plans are being implemented
proposed rule is aimed at reducing the public health burden of foodborne
illness. FDA estimates that 1 million cases of foodborne illnesses are
attributable each year to the pathogens this rule is designed to eliminate or
reduce. The economic cost of illnesses avoided is $2 billion a year.
proposed rule has a first-year cost to industry of $701 million and an
annualized cost of $472 million using a 7 percent discount rate according to
Office of Management and Budget guidelines. The proposed rule would cover an estimated
97,600 domestic and 109,200 foreign facilities.
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