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FDA extends FSMA comment period

The Food and Drug Administration announced today that it is extending the deadline for comment on the proposed rules for produce safety and preventive controls for human food under the Food Safety Modernization Act another week, citing technical difficulties with the website where comments can be submitted.

“We are very interested in your comments on the proposed rule on produce safety and preventive controls for human food and have made every effort to encourage input since they were first published in January 2013,” FDA said in an announcement posted online.

“That is why we are concerned about the intermittent technical difficulties that have occurred in November with the website www.regulations.gov which have prevented some people from submitting comments. We know that these difficulties are inconvenient and very frustrating."

The close of the comment period, which was scheduled for today, will now be November 22.