Due to the recent shutdown of government offices, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has rescheduled the two-hour webinar with tribal officials to November 5, 2013, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time.

The webinar will discuss FDA’s proposed rule entitled “Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food” (the Preventive Controls for Human Food proposed rule) and its rule entitled “Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption” (the Produce Safety proposed rule) — including the intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) — and other regulations required by the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). 

FDA is convening this webinar in response to requests for consultation by several tribal officials. Tribes are invited to share perspectives and any specific questions or concerns about these regulations.
 
In addition, FDA will provide information and answer any questions about two other proposed rules required by FSMA that FDA published on July 26, 2013: “Foreign Supplier Verification Programs for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals” (the Foreign Supplier Verification Program proposed rule) and “Accreditation of Third-Party Auditors/Certification Bodies to Conduct Food Safety Audits and to Issue Certifications” (the Third-Party proposed rule).
 
After the presentation, there will be an opportunity for participants to provide feedback and ask questions. Information on all four FSMA proposed rules noted above is available at http://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/FSMA/default.htm.
 
Telephone numbers and web addresses are below:

  • To join via internet (preferred): https://collaboration.fda.gov/tribal/
  • Click the URL above (or cut and paste it into your internet browser).
  • Click "Enter as a Guest" button, fill in your name, and then click "Enter Room.”
  • You may listen to the webinar through your computer’s speakers or by dialing in using this telephone access information. Closed captioning will be available.Telephone Access: 1-800-779-5741 / Passcode: FDA