FDA extends comment period for FSMA proposalThe Food and Drug Administration is extending the comment period on the proposed rule on intentional adulteration of food through June 30.

The comment period on the proposed rule, published in December, had been set to end by late March. The rule is part of the Food Safety Modernization Act.

The 90-day extension on the “Focused Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration,” and the associated Draft Qualitative Risk Assessment was published March 24 in the Federal Register.

Under the proposed rule, a food facility would be required to have a written food defense plan that addresses significant vulnerabilities in its food production process, according to a news release from the FDA. Facilities then would need to identify and implement strategies to address these vulnerabilities, according to the release. Those strategies include establishing monitoring procedures and corrective actions, verify that the system is working, ensure that personnel assigned to the vulnerable areas receive appropriate training and maintaining records, according to the release.

The proposed rule does not apply to farms and food for animals, according to the release.