The Food and Drug Administration and the Center for Food Safety have until June 10 to agree on the timing for release of pending food safety rules related to the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act.
The Center for Food Safety sued the FDA, claiming it unlawfully delayed food safety regulations, and the consumer group won the argument. Most of the food safety regulations related to the Food Safety Modernization Act were supposed to be issued in 2012. The FDA was ordered by the U.S. District Court in Oakland to consult with the center to agree by May 20 on a schedule when it would release rules on foreign supplier verification, third party certification standards and other regulations.
Judge Phyllis Hamilton of the Oakland U.S. District Court issued a ruling May 21 that extended the deadline for the agreement to June 10 after the two parties were unable to come to terms on a date by May 20.
Ray Gilmer of United Fresh Produce Association said earlier in May that the FDA shouldn’t be rushed by the courts, considering the complexity and technical nature of the food safety issues involved.