Shutdown Affected Food Safety Deadline, FDA Tells 9th Circ.

Law360, New York (October 21, 2013, 5:43 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration told the Ninth Circuit on Friday that the government shutdown made it impossible for the agency to propose a food safety rule by a court-ordered Nov. 30 deadline, asking for a freeze on the order.

The agency maintained, however, that it wants far longer than an additional 16 days, the length of the shutdown, to propose the so-called intentional adulteration rule, which is designed to prevent terrorist attacks on the nation's food supply. It would like to solicit industry input before it issues a proposed rule, which would likely take until 2015, it said....

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