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Proposed Rule

Focused Mitigation Strategies To Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration; Extension of Comment Period

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Proposed Rule; Extension Of Comment Period.

Summary

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or we) is extending the comment period for the notice of proposed rulemaking that appeared in the Federal Register of December 24, 2013 (78 FR 78014), entitled “Focused Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration” and its information collection provisions. We are taking this action in response to requests for an extension to allow interested persons an opportunity to fully review and analyze the approaches FDA has proposed for the rule and its potential impact as well as to consider the complexity and if the proposal has the flexibility to address the many types of food operations that will be affected.

We also are taking this action to keep the comment period for the information collection provisions associated with the rule consistent with the comment period for the proposed rule.

Unified Agenda

 

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DATES: Back to Top

FDA is extending the comment period on the proposed rule and its information collection provisions. Submit either electronic or written comments on the proposed rule and the information collection by June 30, 2014.

ADDRESSES: Back to Top

You may submit comments, identified by Docket No. FDA-2013-N-1425 and/or Regulatory Information Number (RIN) 0910-AG63, by any of the following methods, except that comments on information collection issues under the PRA must be submitted to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget (OMB) (see the “Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995” section of this document).

Electronic Submissions

Submit electronic comments in the following way:

Written Submissions

Submit written submissions in the following ways:

  • Mail/Hand delivery/Courier (for paper submissions): Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, Rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852.

Instructions: All submissions received must include the Agency name, Docket No. FDA-2013-N-1425, and RIN 0910-AG63 for this rulemaking. All comments received may be posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided. For additional information on submitting comments, see the “Request for Comments” heading of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document.

Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or comments received, go to http://www.regulations.gov, and insert the docket number, found in brackets in the heading of this document, into the “Search” box and follow the prompts and/or go to the Division of Dockets Management, 5630 Fishers Lane, Rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Back to Top

With regard to the proposed rule: Ryan Newkirk, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, Food and Drug Administration, 5100 Paint Branch Pkwy., College Park, MD 20740, 240-402-2428.

With regard to the information collection: Domini Bean, Office of Information Management, Food and Drug Administration, 1350 Piccard Dr., PI50-400T, Rockville, MD 20850, Domini.Bean@fda.hhs.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Back to Top

I. Background Back to Top

In the Federal Register of December 24, 2013, we published a proposed rule entitled “Focused Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration” with a 100-day comment period on the provisions of the proposed rule and on the information collection provisions that are subject to review by OMB under the PRA (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520).

FDA has received requests for an extension of the comment period on the proposed rule. The requests conveyed concern that the current 100-day comment period does not allow time to thoroughly analyze the proposed rule since this is unlike any other proposal and due to the inherent complexity and unique nature of food defense issues. The requests also stated an extended comment period would allow interested persons an opportunity to fully review and analyze the approaches FDA has proposed for the rule and its potential impact as well as consider the complexity and if the proposal has the flexibility to address the many types of food operations that will be affected. FDA has considered the requests and is granting an extension of the comment period to June 30, 2014, for the “Focused Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration” proposed rule to allow interested persons additional time to submit comments. We also are extending the comment period for the information collection provisions to June 30, 2014, to make the comment period for the information collection provisions the same as the comment period for the provisions of the proposed rule. To clarify, FDA is requesting comment on all issues raised by the proposed rule.

II. Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 Back to Top

Interested persons may either submit electronic comments regarding the information collection to oira_submission@omb.eop.gov or fax written comments to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, OMB, Attn: FDA Desk Officer, FAX: 202-395-7285. All comments should be identified with the title “Focused Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration.”

III. Request for Comments Back to Top

Interested persons may submit either electronic comments regarding the proposed rule to http://www.regulations.gov or written comments to the Division of Dockets Management (see ADDRESSES). It is only necessary to send one set of comments. Identify comments with the docket number found in brackets in the heading of this document. Received comments may be seen in the Division of Dockets Management between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, and will be posted to the docket at http://www.regulations.gov.

Dated: March 20, 2014.

Leslie Kux,

Assistant Commissioner for Policy.

[FR Doc. 2014-06468 Filed 3-24-14; 8:45 am]

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