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The rule could change the procedure for "self-affirmed" Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) status.
FDA is reopening the comment period for a 1997 proposed rule on Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) notification procedures, according to a news update in the Federal Registry.
The proposed rule would replace the current “self-affirmed GRAS” petition with a voluntary notification procedure. The full language can be read here.
The 1997 rule was not ultimately finalized although FDA did implement a procedure based on the proposed rule. It has been used for GRAS-affirmation of human foods.
All comments must be submitted for March 28, 2011. FDA will consider submitted comments in addition to comments from the previous feedback period, a 2010 Government Accountability Office report, and an FDA memorandum on up-to-date experience with the current GRAS notification procedure.