2002N-0278 - Prior Notice of Imported Food Under the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002; Reopening of Comment Period
FDA Comment Number : EC418
Submitter : Ms. Deborah Davis Date & Time: 05/17/2004 06:05:46
Organization : Hoyt Shepston, Inc
Private Industry
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Issue Areas/Comments
The prior notice requirements of the Bioterrorism Act are not working on the FDA side nor the side of the filers nationwide. FDA is currently unable to notify filers when there aredata errors that will result in penalties once FDA begins implementation of Phase Four on August 14, 2004. The lack of information available to filers regarding the nature and scope of errors does not bode well for the flow of legitimate trade in the near future. According to FDA records, over 50% of current Prior Notice transmaisssions are inaccurate or inadequate.
Because the system is clearly not working, we request that phase four implementation scheduled for August 13, 2004, be moved back at least 6 months to enable both FDA and entry filers to receive proper training.
The Act was made into law to protect our food supply. As it stands now, it will not protectr our food supply but will surely result in the refusal of a large amount of legitimate importations and in the unfair assessment of penalties against law abiding importers and entry filers.
We request the Phase Four implementation of FDA Prior Notice requirement be postponed for six months.

Thank you,