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The Oregonian reports that the U.S. District Court in Oakland, California, has ruled that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) must submit final rules under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) by specific dates: "It now has to submit the final rules on processors and animal food by Aug. 30, 2015. Next up are the rules on imports, produce and auditors, due Oct. 31, 2015. The transport rule, considered less crucial to stemming illnesses, is due March 31, 2016, and the rule on intentional contamination has to be submitted by May 31, 2016."

The ruling comes as a result of the fact that the FDA "blew" the original deadline - July 2012 - for submitting rules that were established by the FSMA, which was designed to significantly upgrade the nation's food safety infrastructure. That resulted in a successful suit against the FDA, filed by the Center for Food Safety and the Center for Environmental Health.
KC's View:
New food safety rules aren't worth a damn if they haven't actually been created. Though somehow it isn't surprising that some rules that FDA was supposed to have ready in 2012 now won;t be done until 2016…