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Deadline to Comply with Certain New Food Safety Requirements Extended

The Food and Drug Administration has extended the dates for compliance with certain provisions in regulations implementing the Food Safety Modernization Act with respect to foreign supplier verification programmes, preventive controls for human and animal food, and produce safety. These changes include providing more time for manufacturers to meet requirements related to certain assurances that their customers must provide, more time for importers of food contact substances, and other extensions to align compliance dates for various other food operations or provide time for the FDA to resolve specified issues.

The extensions summarised below were granted to address concerns about the practicality of compliance with certain provisions, consider changes to the regulatory test, and better align compliance dates across the rules.

  • the compliance dates for certain related provisions in all four rules concerning customer assurances when controls are applied downstream in the distribution chain are being extended for two years (original dates ranged from 19 September 2016 to 27 January 2020; new dates range from 19 September 2018 to 26 January 2022)
  • the compliance dates for 21 CFR parts 117 and 507 (current good manufacturing practices, hazard analysis and risk-based preventive controls for human and animal food, respectively) for facilities solely engaged in packing and/or holding activities conducted on raw agricultural commodities that are produce and/or nut hulls and shells, and for certain facilities that would qualify as secondary activities farms except for the ownership of the facility, are being extended by approximately 16 months (original dates ranged from 19 September 2016 to 17 September, 2019; new dates range from 26 January 2018 to 26 January 2021)
  • the compliance dates for 21 CFR part 117 for facilities that would qualify as farms if they did not colour raw agricultural commodities are being extended by approximately 16 months (original dates ranged from 18 September 2017 to 17 September 2019; new dates range from 28 January 2019 to 26 January 2021)
  • the compliance dates for 21 CFR part 507 for facilities solely engaged in the ginning of cotton are being extended by approximately 16 months (original dates ranged from 18 September 2017 to 17 September 2019; new dates range from 28 January 2019 to 26 January 2021)
  • the compliance date for importers to have FSVPs for imported food contact substances that meet the definition of food is being extended from 30 May 2017 to 28 May 2019.
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