The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will hold public meetings Feb. 28–March 1 to discuss the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) proposed rules to establish standards for growing, harvesting, packing, and holding of produce for human consumption (the produce safety proposed rule) and for current good manufacturing practice and hazard analysis and risk-based preventive controls for human food (the preventive controls proposed rule). These are the first of several proposed rules that would establish the foundation of, and central framework for, the modern food safety system envisioned by Congress in the FDA FSMA.
The meeting is also designed to solicit oral and public comments from stakeholders on the proposed rules, inform the public about the rulemaking process (including how to submit comments, data, and other information to the rulemaking dockets), and respond to questions about the proposed rules. The meeting will take place in the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture’s Jefferson Auditorium in Washington, D.C.