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FDA schedules March hearing on Food Safety Modernization Act implementation

The US Food and Drug Administration will hold a meeting on March 29, allowing petfood companies to provide input on how the agency implements the Food Safety Modernization Act's import safety provisions.

FDA's notice said the agency seeks information on importer verification, the Voluntary Qualified Importer Program, import certifications for food, and third-party accreditation.

The meeting will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT in Silver Spring, Maryland, USA, and will be available on that day as a live webcast. FDA also scheduled a public hearing on March 30 and 31 in College Park, Maryland, USA, to discuss its use of international comparability assessments to enhance the safety of imported foods and animal feed.

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