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From: Duncan Walker
Ag. Chief. Econ/Comm Section
Date: March 26, 2003
To: FOOD EXPORTERS TO THE USA
SUBJECT: PROPOSED REGULATIONS UNDER THE U.S. BIOTERRORISM ACT
The U.S. Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2001 (the Bioterrorism Act or the Act), was signed into law on June 12, 2002. The Act includes provisions to help ensure the safety of the U.S. food supply from bioterrorism. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as the food regulatory arm of the U.S. Health and Human Services, is responsible for developing and implementing these food safety measures, including four major regulations which will have significant impact on domestic and foreign companies that manufacture, process, pack or hold food for human and animal consumption in the U S.
Following is a packet of materials describing FDA’s proposals for the first two of three regulations, Registration of Food Facilities and Prior Notice of Imported Food Shipments.These proposed regulations appeared in the Federal Register of February 3, 2003, for public comment. The deadline for public comment ends April 4, 2003.
Written comments on proposed regulations and/or guidance documents can be sent to the Dockets Management Branch (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, Room 1061, Rockville, MD 20852. Comments can be sent electronically to www.fda.gov/dockets/ecomments. It is important to include the docket numbers when providing comments.