Now that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will no longer be held to deadlines for FSMA rule comment periods, industry groups are asking for more time to give their input on certain regulations. The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA), the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA), the Pet Food Institute (PFI) and the National Renderers Association requested that FDA extend the comment deadlines by 90 days for its proposed rule on preventive controls for pet food and animal feed and draft methodological approach to identifying high-risk foods. Under this proposal, the animal food rules comment period would end June 30 and the high-risk food guidance on July 7. Some of the signatories also requested that FDA re-propose the animal food rule and offer a second comment period. The NGFA, AFIA, PFI and the National Oilseed Processors Association (NOPA) also requested that FDA extend the comment period for the proposed intentional adulteration rule to June 30. FDA’s current deadlines for open comment periods are March 15 for the environmental impact statement for the produce rule, March 31 for the animal food and intentional adulteration rules, April 7 for the draft methodological approach to identifying high-risk foods, and May 31 for the sanitary transportation rule.

  • Disgusted with journalist

    How is getting a 2 month extension the equivalent of not being held to a deadline? The link that supposedly proves no deadline actually shows quite clearly that there is indeed still a deadline. Talk about a lack of attention to facts.