The FDA today issued new draft guidance that clarifies and extends compliance dates for certain parts of four of its seven foundational FSMA rules.

The new draft guidance does a few things so far:

  • Provides more time for meeting requirements related to certain assurances needed from customers
  • Extends deadlines for importers of food-contact substances
  • Provides extensions to align compliance dates for various other food operations
  • Allows more time for the FDA to resolve specified issues
  • Clarifies the timeframe for agricultural water testing.

Today’s published guidance is available for comment starting tomorrow, August 24. It’s the first five chapters of multi-chapter guidance designed to help food businesses reach full compliance. The FDA expects to continue releasing additional chapters of this guidance through early 2018.

Read more on the FDA website


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