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FDA Requests Comments to Update Food Ingredient Safety Assessment

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

(North American Meat Institute)

FDA is requesting input from the public to update its current guidance on food ingredient safety assessment, commonly referred to as the Redbook. FDA is interested in developing a framework that incorporates the assessment of ingredients present in various products regulated by the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), including food additives, food contact substances, new plant varieties, dietary supplements and unavoidable chemical contaminants, among others. FDA is particularly interested in comments addressing the parts of the Redbook that should be updated and how FDA should prioritize those updates; the scope of the revised guidance; new assays, test methods and endpoints that could be useful for safety assessment; key studies and considerations for study interpretation for each of the regulatory categories of food and cosmetic ingredients and chemical contaminants overseen by CFSAN; and ways to improve the usefulness and clarity of the guidance. Public comments are invited through May 9, 2015, and may be submitted online or by mail to Division of Dockets Management, HFA-305, Food and Drug Administration, 560 Fishers Lane, Room 1061, Rockville, MD 20852.

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