FDA seeks comments on food safety draft guidances

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8/04/2009-The Food and Drug Administration has published a Notice of Availability in the Federal Register seeking comment on its draft guidances to improve the safety of tomatoes, leafy greens, and melons.

These commodity-specific guidances (CSGs) developed for growers, packers, processors, transporters, retailers, and others throughout the supply chain set out instructions for identifying and implementing measures to minimize the risk of microbial contamination.

In developing the CSGs, FDA relied heavily on existing commodity-specific guidances, lessons learned from outbreaks and investigations, and other public and private programs. Publication of these guidances is consistent with the principles embraced by the White House Food Safety Working Group, announced recently by Vice President Joe Biden.

Comments on guidance may be submitted at any time; however, to ensure that comments are received in time for FDAs consideration in drafting final guidance, written or electronic comments should be submitted within 90 days of publication in the Federal Register. Submit written comments to the Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, Room 1061, Rockville, MD 20852. Submit electronic comments to http://www.regulations.gov. All comments should be identified with the docket number listed in the notice of availability as published in the Federal Register. The docket number is FDA-2009-D-0348.

For questions regarding this draft document, contact the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition at 301-436-1700.

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