Notice of Public Hearing; Request for Comments
March 30, 2011 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
March 31, 2011 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Harvey W. Wiley Federal Building
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
5100 Paint Branch Parkway
College Park, MD 20740-3835
Docket No. FDA-2011-N-0135
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) helf a Public Hearing on Ensuring the Safety of Imported Foods and Animal Feed: Comparability of Food Safety Systems and Import Practices of Foreign Countries. The purpose of the Hearing was to provide stakeholders the opportunity to discuss FDA’s use of international comparability assessments as a mechanism to enhance the safety of imported foods and animal feed and lessons learned through equivalence determinations. In addition, there was a separate discussion of FDA's efforts to gather information from regulators in other countries regarding the regulatory policies, practices and programs they currently use to ensure the safety of foods and animal feed imported into their countries. In a separate notice published elsewhere in the Federal Register, FDA announced a one-day Public Meeting to discuss the implementation of the imports provisions found in Title III of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).