FDA Reopens Comment Period on General Principles for Food Standards Modernization
The public may submit either electronic or written comments by April 21, 2020.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is reopening the comment period on a 2005 proposed rule to establish a set of general principles for the agency to use when considering whether to establish, revise, or eliminate a food standard of identity.
The 2005 proposed rule included 13 general principles for food standards modernization. With the development of new types of food products and the most recent nutritional science, the FDA is taking a fresh look at existing standards of identity. FDA states, "The goals of food standards modernization are to protect consumers against economic adulteration; maintain the basic nature, essential characteristics and nutritional integrity of food; and promote industry innovation by giving manufacturers the flexibility to produce healthier foods."