According to the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, FDA (Food and Drug Administration) needs to hear input from the farmers, processors and others affected by the new rules. Such comments will directly shape the final rules and are critical to ensuring that the final rules work for small and mid-sized farmers, sustainable and organic growers, value-added businesses, and conservation systems.
Everyone has a role to play keeping our food safe from field to fork!
The best way to comment on the proposed rules is through the government website: www.regulations.gov, which hosts the proposed rules for viewing and a form the public can use to submit comments for consideration. Click on the appropriate commenting page – either the Produce Rule (FDA-2011-N-0921) or the Preventive Controls Rule (FDA-2011-N-0920). Before doing that, you may want to check out FSMA Overview for guidance on what to say and some great tips to work your way through the challenge of the comment submission process!
Make a mistake? You can make changes by submitting another comment referring to your previous comment, correcting any errors and/or re-stating your position or opinion. If you are having trouble, check out the official Regulations.gov help page or contact them by phone at 1-877-378-5457.
To Comment by Mail:
Type or hand-write your comments and mail them to this address:
Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305) Food and Drug Administration 5630 Fishers Lane, Room 1061 Rockville, MD 20852
All submissions received must include the following:
Your Name and Organization (if any)
The appropriate docket number:
For the Preventive Controls Rule: FDA-2011-N-0920 and RIN 0910-AG36
For the Produce Rule: FDA-2011-N-0921 and RIN 0910-AG35
If you want to comment on both rules, the letter can be mailed together, but be sure to label your
comments with the appropriate docket numbers.