New regs for Tuesday: Comment time extended on food safety rules

A slew of regulations and draft rules will be published on Tuesday affecting the food sector, the Department of Commerce and greenhouse gas emissions.

Here’s what’s coming down the pike:

Food safety:

The Food and Drug Administration is pumping the brakes on two new draft food safety regulations that would set standards for producing food and growing produce

The regulations are part of the Food Safety Modernization Act, which was signed into law in 2011, and overhauls the country's food safety system. 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is also allowing fresh beans to be imported to the United States from Jordan.

The beans will need to be processed and washed in a particular manner before being let into the country, and importers will also need to prove that they do not contain any pests.

Agency names:

The Department of Commerce is formally changing the name of the Import Administration, which sits within the International Trade Administration. As of Oct. 1, the agency has been known as Enforcement and Compliance.


The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) wants to change its rules for reporting emissions of fluorinated gases, which scientists say contribute to climate change but are not released naturally.

“The proposed changes would reduce the level of detail in which emissions were reported, establish a new set of default global warming potentials, eliminate the mass-balance emission calculation method, and clarify the emission factor method,” the EPA said.

Additionally, the EPA is taking part of an Irvine, Calif., Superfund site off of its national list.


The Coast Guard is removing a reference to a worker identification card in its rules for the outer continental shelf.

The reference was “inconsistent” with current law, the Coast Guard said, and incorrect. 

Medical devices:

The Department of Health and Human Services is giving the public more time to weigh in on rules for some respirators


The Commerce Department is proposing to change the rules for anti-dumping reviews.

The draft change will clarify the time limits for when requests need to be filed for the review, and will help the department decide whether or not to look at a sample of exporters during the cases. 

Endangered species:

The National Marine Fisheries Service is taking action to protect a population of Atlantic sturgeon in the Gulf of Maine.

The agency said its notice that it is “necessary and advisable” to take the extra precautions to protection the population, which has been considered threatened since February 2012. 

Social security:

The Social Security Administration is trying to change the criteria for its list of blood disorders.

“The proposed revisions reflect advances in medical knowledge, our adjudicative experience, and information we received from medical experts and the public,” it said. 


The Department of Education is reopening the public comment period to gather more input about possible changes to academic achievement standards. 


The Commerce Department is temporarily realigning its allocation of cod in the Pacific and halibut and crab in the Bering Sea. 


The Defense Department’s National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) is updating its rules to specify when it can exempt from records from the Privacy Act.

“This will improve the efficiency and effectiveness of DOD’s program by ensuring the integrity of the security and counterintelligence records by the NGA and the Department of Defense,” it said.