The Food and Drug Administration has scheduled two meetings in October to gather public input on the proposed rules on foreign supplier verification and accreditation of third party auditors and certification bodies.

The meetings, described online , follow the Sept. 19-20 public meeting on food safety rules in Washington, D.C.

The FDA’s Oct. 10-11 meeting is set for the Hyatt Regency in Miami, running from all day on Oct. 10 and through the noon hour on Oct. 11.

The FDA’s Oct. 22-23 meeting is at the Hilton Long Beach and Executive Meeting Center in Long Beach, Calif., with a full day session the first day and an agenda that extends just past noon on Oct. 23.

The purpose of the public meetings, the FDA said in a news release, is to discuss the two proposed rules aimed at assuring that imported food meets the same safety standards as domestic food. The Foreign Supplier Verification Program proposal establishes requirements for importers to verify that their foreign suppliers are implementing prevention-oriented food safety practices mandated by the new food safety law, according to the release.

The proposed rule on the Accreditation of Third-Party Auditors/Certification Bodies aims to strengthen the quality, objectivity and transparency of foreign food safety audits, according to the release.

For questions about the meetings, to request an opportunity to make a presentation or to request special accommodations due to a disability, contact: Juanita Yates, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, Food and Drug Administration, 5100 Paint Branch Pkwy., College Park, MD 20740; telephone: 240-402-1731; e-mail: Registration is available online or by contacting Lauren Montgomery at