GMA ASKS EXTENSION FOR BIOTERRORISM COMPLIANCE

WASHINGTON -- In comments submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration last week regarding FDA's implementation of the "prior notice of food import requirements" in the Bioterrorism Act of 2002, Grocery Manufacturers of America suggested that the FDA "extend the education phase and provide specific feedback to companies regarding incomplete prior notices," said Susan Stout, GMA's vice president

WASHINGTON -- In comments submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration last week regarding FDA's implementation of the "prior notice of food import requirements" in the Bioterrorism Act of 2002, Grocery Manufacturers of America suggested that the FDA "extend the education phase and provide specific feedback to companies regarding incomplete prior notices," said Susan Stout, GMA's vice president of federal affairs. Under the act, food and beverage companies are required to submit prior notice before importing foods for human consumption.

stem works while maintaining the free flow of trade," said Stout. "However, the educational portion of the system has been sadly lacking, and there is no basis to conclude that the prior notice system will work as intended once the educational phase ends and full enforcement begins."