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March 17th, 2010

Food safety: GAO report concludes that FDA should strengthen its oversight of food ingredients determined to be generally recognized as safe (GRAS)

Abstract:
In response to the sixth recommendation, FDA stated that "it will soon issue draft guidance that will help developers of food applications of nanotechnology determine the applicability" of the GRAS concept. FDA also indicated that it would consider establishing a definition of foods nanotechnology.

In the short term, the impact on Industry of the GAO's report and FDA's response is likely negligible. FDA's commitment that it will finalize the 1997 proposed rule will simply result in FDA finalizing the current voluntary GRAS notification program, and FDA's regulation of the finalized voluntary GRAS notification program will remain largely the same as it is presently under the proposed rule. Similarly, FDA's commitment to issue draft guidance on the applicability of the GRAS concept to food applications of nanotechnology is in line with FDA's current approach to nanotechnology and will not change the voluntary nature of submitting GRAS determinations to FDA.

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