FDA Seeks Comments – Preventive Controls for Fresh Produce – Docket Now Open

Submit your comments for this docket by May 24, 2010.

The Food and Drug Administration has announced that by the end of 2010, the Agency will issue a proposed rule to establish safety standards for the production and packing of fresh produce.  The ultimate purpose for such standards is a goal we all share:  to reduce the risk of illness associated with fresh produce.

The usual process is for FDA to issue a proposed rule and then take comments.  But this time, we want to go one step further – we want to actively engage our stakeholders while we’re still in the development phase of such a rule.

That’s why we have opened a docket (Federal Register notice location: http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/pdf/2010-3409.pdf ) to receive information before a proposed rule is written. Doing it this way will help us develop the scope of the rule to reflect the realities of production and packing in produce operations.

The discussion on this complex and diverse segment of our food supply needs to be fueled and informed by the expertise and on-the-ground knowledge of those who grow, harvest and pack fresh produce.

That’s why we need to hear from you. We urge you and your colleagues to think about and submit comments to us under this docket over the next 90 days.

In addition, we hope you will “spread the word” to groups throughout your area of the country and areas of expertise —  so that all sectors that may be affected by the rulemaking to come will know about this opportunity to get their views heard and will take advantage of it.

Below are some tips on how to submit comments through Regulations.gov. You can also submit comments by mail.

Electronically, at www.Regulations.gov

First, click on the “Submit a Comment” button towards the top of the page.

Then enter FDA-2010-N-0085 in the “Keyword or ID” field and click “Search”.

That will open up a page with the link to the document. Then click on “Submit a Comment”.
You will be able to view your comment and comments others have submitted.
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To submit written comments:

(NOTE: Be sure to include the docket number at the top of the pages in your written submissions. The docket number is FDA-2010-N-0085)

Mail comments to: Division of Dockets Management
HFA-305
Food and Drug Administration
5630 Fishers Lane, Room 1061
Rockville, Maryland 20852

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