Due to the recent government shutdown, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has extended the public comment period for several proposed rules related to the implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). FDA has extended the deadline for comments on (i) "Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Rule: Standards for Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption" until March 15, 2014; and (ii) "Foreign Supplier Verification Programs for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals" and "Accreditation of Third-Party Auditors/Certification Bodies to Conduct Food Safety Audits and to Issue Certifications" until January 27.