HTML _ 95-857 - Food Additive Regulations: A Chronology
13-Sep-1995; Donna U. Vogt; 19 p.

Abstract: The 104th Congress is actively debating proposals to reform several aspects of the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) process for regulating consumer products, including its approval process for food additives. In June 1995, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced at a House Government Reform and Oversight Subcommittee hearing several policy shifts in its food additive pre-market approval process which will soon be implemented. FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) has already reorganized its food center. In the next year, agency officials plan to increase the petition review staff; set timetables and goals to complete reviews for additives (depending on the degree of risk shown by the additive); and establish new approaches to petition review whereby they establish a notification procedure only for noncarcinogenic packaging substances and GRAS substances. CFSAN also intends to reduce its backlog of food additive petitions by awarding contracts to independent third-party review panels to review certain types of information contained in food additive petitions. The historical chronology, contained in this report, shows the development over time of food additive regulatory policies and how the statute, the agency, and the courts helped to define FDA's policy of ¨safety.¨ [read report]

Topics: Pesticides

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