WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration will allow the industry and public to comment on a second set of proposed Food Safety Modernization Art rules that deal with water quality, manure and compost standards and mixed-used facilities.
“We believe that this additional step to seek further input on revised sections of the proposed rules that need significant adjustment is critical to fulfilling our continuing commitment to getting these rules right,” said FDA Deputy Commissioner Michael Taylor in a media statement on Thursday.
The produce industry was seeking another opportunity to comment on the next set of rules after submitting detailed comments requesting substantial changes to the initial proposed rules.
"There was a letter sent by members of Congress to say we want to make sure these laws are right. This is a huge change of food safety law in this country and there’s a number of members of Congress that are interested in seeing … the FDA submit another set of proposed rules that the industry can comment on,” PMA Washington representative Tom O’Brien told SN before the FDA made its announcement.
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