FDA extends comment period on "natural" food labeling



December 29, 2015

FDA/Food, Beverage & Agriculture Alert

Author(s): Tracey B. Scarpello, Vivian M. Quinn

The FDA recently announced that comments are now being accepted until May 2016.

We previously reported on the FDA’s request for public comment on use of the term “natural” for use on food labels (click here to read our alert). Specifically, in response to various citizen petitions requesting that the agency define the term, the FDA requested input on whether and how it should define the term “natural” and how the agency should determine the appropriate use of that term on food labels. The initial deadline to submit comments was February 10, 2016. To date, the FDA has received over 3,000 comments.

In direct response to requests from the public, on December 24, 2015, the FDA announced that comments are now being accepted until May 10, 2016. In the notice, the FDA referenced the “complexity of the issue” in extending the comment period.

Comments can be submitted electronically at http://www.regulations.gov and typing docket number FDA-2014-N-1207 in the search box. Stay tuned for further developments on this issue.

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