Date: Apr 18, 2013

FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg announced Thursday the FDA intends to extend the comment period on both FDA proposed rules for 120 days. This should extend the deadline for comments to sometime in early September, but official notice and dates are still forthcoming. Hamburg made the announcement Thursday morning during FDA’s budget hearing.

The announcement comes just days after industry partners, including Western Growers, requested a comment period extension. To read the joint request letter, please click here.

Written comments can be faxed to:
Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, OMB, Attn: FDA Desk Officer, 202-395-7285
Or e-mailed to

To file electronic comments on the produce rule go to

To file electronic comments on the prevention rule go to

For more information, please contact WG’s Hank Giclas or WG’s Sonia Salas.

WG Staff Contact

Hank Giclas
Sr. Vice President, Strategic Planning, Science & Technology

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