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FDA Extends FSMA Rules Comment Period

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration has extended the comment period on information collection provisions by three months for two proposed Food Safety Modernization Act rules.

The deadline for those comments was moved from Feb. 15 to May 16 for the rules released in January related to safety protocol at farms and processing facilities.

The United Fresh Produce Association had previously petitioned the FDA to extend the comment period for certain provisions of the rules.

"United Fresh has consistently supported mandatory, enforceable, commodity-specific food safety practices based on the best available science, applicable to both domestic and foreign produce," Tom Stenzel, United Fresh president and chief executive officer, said in a statement. "That support continues through this rulemaking process. We ask that the comment period for those provisions be extended so that United Fresh and other interested parties can have a reasonable opportunity to provide FDA with meaningful input on these important initiatives."

*This article was updated on Feb. 20 to specify which comment period was extended. 

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