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FDA to Hold a Public Meeting on the FSMA Proposed Rule on Focused Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration

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Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition - Food and Drug Administration

December 20, 2013

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that the Agency will hold a public meeting on the Focused Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration Proposed Rule. The meeting will be held February 20, 2014, 8:30 am – 3:00 pm, at the Harvey W. Wiley Federal Building, FDA, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, Wiley Auditorium, 5100 Paint Branch Parkway, College Park, MD 20740.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the proposed rule to require domestic and foreign food facilities that are required to register under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the FD&C Act) to address hazards that may be intentionally introduced by acts of terrorism. FDA is proposing these requirements as part of the implementation of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The meeting is also designed to solicit oral stakeholder and other public comments on the proposed rule, inform the public about the rulemaking process (including how to submit comments, data and other information to the rulemaking docket), and respond to questions about the proposed rule. Along with this meeting, FDA is considering additional public meetings on this subject or other public engagement opportunities. Any further public meetings on this subject would be announced at a later time in the Federal Register.

Public Meeting attendees are encouraged to register on-line or contact: Nick Cane, Nakamoto Group, Inc., 11820 Parklawn Drive, Suite 240, Rockville, MD 20852, telephone: 240-357-1176, FAX: 301-468-6536, e-mail: nick.cane@nakamotogroup.com. Early registration is recommended because seating is limited. In addition, the meeting will also be webcasted.

For general questions about the meeting, to request an opportunity to make an oral presentation, and/or to request special accommodations due to a disability, contact: Juanita Yates, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, Food and Drug Administration, 5100 Paint Branch Parkway, College Park, MD 20740, telephone: 240-402-1731, e-mail: juanita.yates@fda.hhs.gov.

Registration and Additional Information

Please note the following important dates:

  • January 17, 2014: Closing date for request to make oral comment
  • January 17, 2014: Closing date to request special accommodation due to a disability
  • February 7, 2014: Closing date for advance registration
  • March 31, 2014: Closing date to submit either electronic or written comments to FDA’s Division of Dockets Management. See Docket No. FDA-2013-N-1425 on http://www.regulations.gov.