Under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been charged with creating a new produce safety regulation that reduces the risk of illnesses associated with fresh produce. In turn, FDA has announced its intention to “prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that will evaluate the potential environmental effects of the proposed rule.”
As part of preparing the Produce Safety Regulation EIS, FDA has initiated a “scoping process” which seeks public comments to help determine which issues will be included within the scope of the environmental analysis. FDA has established that the public comment period will open on August 19, 2013 and close on November 15, 2013.
For information relating to submitting comments, please see the following Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition Constituent Update.
For information relating to FSMA, please see FDA'S FSMA Website.
Written by M. Sean High – Research Fellow
The Penn State Law Agricultural Law Resource and Reference Center
August 20, 2013