The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has extended until March 3, 2014, the period for submission of comments, scientific data and other infor- mation related to its draft document titled, “Draft Risk Profile on Pathogens and Filth in Spices.” Originally published in the November 4, 2013, Federal Register, the draft risk profile identifies the most commonly occurring micro- bial hazards and filth in spices and quantifies, where possible, the prevalence and levels of these adulterants at different points along the spice supply chain. It identifies potential sources of contamination throughout the farm-to- table spice supply chain and evaluates the efficacy of current mitigation and control options designed to reduce the public health risk posed by consump- tion of contaminated spices in the United States. It also describes potential future mitigation and control options and identifies critical data gaps and research needs. FDA invites comments that can help improve the (i) data and information used; (ii) analytical analyses employed; and (iii) clarity and the transparency of the draft risk profile. Additional details about FDA’s spice risk report appear in Issue 502 of this Update. See Federal Register, December 17, 2013.