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Documents Show White House Edits to FSMA Rules

Food Chemical News is reporting that documents released on regulations.gov on Feb. 28 reveal cuts made by the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to the implementing regulatory package for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

Those apparent cuts include striking out requirements for food companies to test for microbial contamination of environments and finished food products, as well as rules for companies to maintain supplier verification programs and track consumer complaints.

Congress passed the FSMA in 2010 and it was signed into law by President Obama during the first week of 2011.   Implementing regulations drafted by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) went through an unusually lengthy review by OMB that consumed all of 2012.

Food Safety News has put out a number of requests for more comments from the FDA and various consumer groups and industry stakeholders. Expect more detailed coverage of the release in the coming week.

We encourage readers to review the documents here and comment on anything of interest in our comment section.

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