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Editor’s View: Down to the wire on FSMA final rules deadline

On Monday (Aug. 31), FDA sent two final rules to the Federal Register, on preventive controls for human and animal foods. The agency was complying with a court order to release both rules by that date – although it will take several days for the text to appear in the public record. These two rules contain the core preventive provisions of the landmark FSMA legislation, so they represent a major step toward the prevention-based system envisioned by the crafters of FSMA.  Now the agency will have to press for adequate funding to implement the two rules, which is by no means assured – and with the option of new user fees for industry unlikely to fly on Capitol Hill.

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