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FDA Proposes New Rules for Food Refused in U.S.

FDA Proposes New Rules for
Food Refused in U.S.
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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is issuing a proposed rule that would require owners or consignees to label imported food that is refused entry into the United States. The label would read, "UNITED STATES: REFUSED ENTRY." The proposal would describe the label's characteristics (such as its size) and processes for verifying that the label has been affixed properly.

According to the FDA, the agency is taking this action to prevent the reintroduction of refused food into the United States, to facilitate the examination of imported food, and to implement part of the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002.

The FDA is allowing the industry to voice its concerns about the move before enacting it. Here is the information on how comments can be made on these measures:

DATES: Submit written or electronic comments on the proposed rule by December 2, 2008. Submit comments on information collection issues under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 October 20, 2008, (see the "Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995" section of this document).

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by Docket No. FDA-2007-N-0465, by any of the following methods, except that comments on information collection issues under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 must be submitted to the Office of Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget (OMB) (see the "Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995" section of this document).

Electronic Submissions

Submit electronic comments in the following way:

* Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.

Written Submissions

Submit written submissions in the following ways:

* FAX: 301-827-6870.

* Mail/Hand delivery/Courier (for paper, disk, or CD-ROM submissions): Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852.

To ensure more timely processing of comments, FDA is no longer accepting comments submitted to the agency by e-mail. FDA encourages you to continue to submit electronic comments by using the Federal eRulemaking Portal or the agency Web site, as described previously, in the ADDRESSES portion of this document under Electronic Submissions.

Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name and docket number and Regulatory Information Number (RIN) for this rulemaking. All comments received may be posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided. For additional information on submitting comments, see the "Comments" heading of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document.

Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or comments received, go to http://www.regulations.gov and insert the docket number, found in brackets in the heading of this document, into the "Search" box and follow the prompts and/or go to the Division of Dockets Management, 5630 Fishers Lane, rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852.

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