FDA Extends Deadline to Submit Comments on Safety of Using Raw Manure as Fertilizer

Public comments can now be submitted until July 5

FDA Extends Deadline to Submit Comments on Safety of Using Raw Manure as Fertilizer
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April 21, 2016

If you never got around to submitting comments to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) about the safety of using raw manure as fertilizer for produce, you now have until July to do so.

At the request of multiple stakeholders, the agency is extending the comment period until July 5. The FDA is looking for public input in planning a risk assessment evaluating the risk of human illness associated with eating food grown in fields on which raw manure is used as fertilizer.

The original comment period was scheduled to end in about two weeks.

Along with looking at the risk of illness, the risk assessment will look at the effect of various agricultural practices, environmental conditions, and prevention measures may have on the risk of illness. The use of raw manure as fertilizer is covered in the FDA's Food Safety Modernization Act. The risk assessment may inform a decision on the minimum time between applying the fertilizer and harvesting crops.