Food and Drug Administration, HHS.
Notice; extension of comment period.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or the Agency) is extending the comment period for the notice of public meeting and request for comments that appeared in the Federal Register of September 18, 2019. The notice announced a public meeting entitled “A New Era of Smarter Food Safety” that was held on October 21, 2019. In the notice of public meeting and request for comments, FDA requested comments on a modern approach the Agency is taking to strengthen its protection of the food supply to help shape an FDA blueprint for a new era of smarter food safety. The Agency is taking this action in response to requests for an extension to allow interested persons additional time to submit comments.
FDA is extending the comment period on the notice published September 18, 2019 (84 FR 49111). Submit either electronic or written comments by December 5, 2019.
You may submit comments as follows. Please note that late, untimely filed comments will not be considered. Electronic comments must be submitted on or before December 5, 2019. The https://www.regulations.gov electronic filing system will accept comments until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time at the end of December 5, 2019. Comments received by mail/hand delivery/courier (for written/paper submissions) will be considered timely if they are postmarked or the delivery service acceptance receipt is on or before that date.
Submit electronic comments in the following way:
Federal eRulemaking Portal: https://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. Comments submitted electronically, including attachments, to https://www.regulations.gov will be posted to the docket unchanged. Because your comment will be made public, you are solely responsible for ensuring that your comment does not include any confidential information that you or a third party may not wish to be posted, such as medical information, your or anyone else's Social Security number, or confidential business information, such as a manufacturing process. Please note that if you include your name, contact information, or other information that identifies you in the body of your comments, that information will be posted on https://www.regulations.gov.
- If you want to submit a comment with confidential information that you do not wish to be made available to the public, submit the comment as a written/paper submission and in the manner detailed (see “Written/Paper Submissions” and “Instructions”).
Submit written/paper submissions as follows:
Mail/Hand Delivery/Courier (for written/paper submissions): Dockets Management Staff (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, Rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852.
- For written/paper comments submitted to the Dockets Management Staff, FDA will post your comment, as well as any attachments, except for information submitted, marked and identified, as confidential, if submitted as detailed in “Instructions.”
Instructions: All submissions received must include the Docket No. FDA-2019-N-4187 for “A New Era of Smarter Food Safety.” Received comments, those filed in a timely manner (see ADDRESSES), will be placed in the docket and, except for those submitted as “Confidential Submissions,” publicly viewable at https://www.regulations.gov or at the Dockets Management Staff between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
- Confidential Submissions—To submit a comment with confidential information that you do not wish to be made publicly available, submit your comments only as a written/paper submission. You should submit two copies total. One copy will include the information you claim to be confidential with a heading or cover note that states “THIS DOCUMENT CONTAINS CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION.” The Agency will review this copy, including the claimed confidential information, in its consideration of comments. The second copy, which will have the claimed confidential information redacted/blacked out, will be available for public viewing and posted on https://www.regulations.gov. Submit both copies to the Dockets Management Staff. If you do not wish your name and contact information to be made publicly available, you can provide this Start Printed Page 64090information on the cover sheet and not in the body of your comments and you must identify this information as “confidential.” Any information marked as “confidential” will not be disclosed except in accordance with 21 CFR 10.20 and other applicable disclosure law. For more information about FDA's posting of comments to public dockets, see 80 FR 56469, September 18, 2015, or access the information at: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-09-18/pdf/2015-23389.pdf.
Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or the electronic and written/paper comments received, go to https://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 Dockets Management Staff, 5630 Fishers Lane, Rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852.
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Susan Kelly, Office of Food Policy and Response, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring, MD, 301-796-1259.
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In the Federal Register of September 18, 2019, FDA published a notice of public meeting and request for comments with a 30-day comment period after the October 21, 2019, public meeting to request comments on the new era of smarter food safety. Comments on the new era of smarter food safety will shape an FDA blueprint for a new era of smarter food safety.
The Agency has received requests for an extension of the comment period for “A New Era of Smarter Food Safety; Public Meeting, Request for Comments.” Each request conveyed concern that the current 30-day comment period following the October 21, 2019, public meeting does not allow sufficient time to develop a meaningful or thoughtful response to the September 18, 2019, notice.
FDA has considered the requests and is extending the comment period for “A New Era of Smarter Food Safety; Public Meeting, Request for Comments” for 15 days, until December 5, 2019. The Agency believes that a 15-day extension allows adequate time for interested persons to submit comments without significantly delaying action on these important issues.
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Dated: November 14, 2019.
Lowell J. Schiller,
Principal Associate Commissioner for Policy.
[FR Doc. 2019-25123 Filed 11-19-19; 8:45 am]
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