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FDA to Convene Public Hearing on Ensuring the Safety of Imported Foods and Animal Feed: Comparability of Food Safety Systems and Import Practices of Foreign Countries

Constituent Update

March 10, 2011

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced 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 Hearing will be held on March 30 – 31, 2011, at the Harvey W. Wiley Federal Building, 5100 Paint Branch Parkway, College Park, MD.

The purpose of the Hearing is 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 will be 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.

Public Hearing attendees are encouraged to register on-line or contact: Courtney Treece, Planning Professionals, Ltd., 1210 W. McDermott, Suite 111, Allen, TX 75013, telephone: 704-258-4983, fax: 469-854-6992, e-mail:

General information, including links to on-line Registration and the Federal Register Notice, is available.

For general questions about the Hearing, to request an opportunity to make Public Comments, to request on-site Parking, or to request special accommodations due to a Disability, contact: Juanita Yates, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, 301-436-1731, e-mail:

Please note the following important Dates:

  • March 14, 2011: Closing date for Request to Make Oral Presentation
  • March 21, 2011: Closing date for:
    • Advance Registration
    • Requesting special accommodations due to a Disability, and
    • Providing a brief description of an oral presentation and any written material for presentation
  • March 23, 2011: Closing date to Request on-site Parking
  • June 30, 2011: Closing date for submitting written comments, identifying your comments by Docket No.: FDA-2011-N-0135: Submit electronic comments to, or submit written comments to the Division of Dockets Management, Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, Room 1061, Rockville, MD 20852. Received comments may be seen in the Division of Dockets Management between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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