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FDA: Rules to regulate safety of imported food

In accordance with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) the FDA published two new proposed rules that would set new standards for imported food.

The first proposed rule would adopt regulations on foreign supplier verification programs (FSVPs) for food importers. The proposed regulations would require importers to help ensure that food imported into the United States is produced in compliance with processes and procedures, including reasonably appropriate risk-based preventive controls, that provide the same level of public health protection as those required under the hazard analysis and risk-based preventive controls and standards for produce safety sections of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the FD&C; Act), is not adulterated, and is not misbranded with respect to food allergen labeling.

The second proposed rule would amend regulations to provide for accreditation of third-party auditors/certification bodies to conduct food safety audits of foreign food entities, including registered foreign food facilities, and to issue food and facility certifications.

Comments are due on each rule by November 26, 2013.

The comment deadlines for two other FSMA proposed rules concerning preventive controls for human food and fresh produce safety will be extended 60 days to coincide with the November 26 comment deadline for the newly proposed rules.

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