FDA issues food safety guidance, adjusts compliance dates

The Food and Administration has issued new draft guidance to help companies comply with provisions of the preventive controls for human food rule.

The draft guidance explains FDA's current thinking on how to comply with the requirements for hazard analysis and risk-based preventive controls and includes a discussion about establishing a food safety plan, according to a news release.

The guidance was accompanied by an extension and clarification of compliance dates, according to the release.

According to the FDA, human food companies other than small and very small businesses will need to come into compliance with the Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food rule by Sept. 19.

The FDA said compliance dates also were adjusted for certain provisions of the preventive controls rule, the foreign supplier verification program and the produce safety rule.