HHS documents reveal OMB edits of FSMA preventive controls proposal
Thursday March 21 2013
The preventive controls proposal that FDA sent to the White House Office of Management and Budget, way back in November 2011, would have required food companies to conduct environmental and finished product testing, maintain supplier verification programs, and track consumer complaints. But the OMB struck the requirements, reveals a stunning set of documents recently made available by the Department of Health and Human Services, FDA's parent agency.
It has been speculated widely among FDA watchers that the agency was forced to remove the supplier verification and testing requirements from the rule at the behest of OMB and package them in an appendix for additional comment, but the eight documents quietly made available by HHS recently (www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=FDA-2011-N-0920-0014) are proof.
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