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Guidance for Industry: Considerations Regarding Substances Added to Foods, Including Beverages and Dietary Supplements; Availability

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or we) is announcing the availability of a guidance for industry entitled “Guidance for Industry: Considerations Regarding Substances Added to Foods, Including Beverages and Dietary Supplements.” This guidance is intended to remind manufacturers and distributors of conventional foods about the requirements of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the FD&C Act) regarding substances added to conventional foods, including beverages. This guidance also is intended to remind dietary supplement manufacturers and distributors that the same requirements apply to certain substances that are added to dietary supplements; namely, those that are not dietary ingredients as defined in the FD&C Act.

 

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Submit either electronic or written comments on Agency guidances at any time.

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Submit written requests for single copies of the guidance to the Office of Food Additive Safety, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (HFS-200), Food and Drug Administration, 5100 Paint Branch Pkwy., College Park, MD 20740. Send two self-addressed adhesive labels to assist that office in processing your request. See the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for electronic access to the guidance.

Submit electronic comments on the guidance to http://www.regulations.gov. Submit written comments to the Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, Rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852.

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Negash Belay, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (HFS-255), Food and Drug Administration, 5100 Paint Branch Pkwy., College Park, MD 20740, 240-402-1200.

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We are announcing the availability of a guidance entitled “Guidance for Industry: Considerations Regarding Substances Added to Foods, Including Beverages and Dietary Supplements.” This guidance is being issued consistent with our good guidance practices regulation (21 CFR 10.115). The guidance represents our current thinking on this topic. It does not create or confer any rights for or on any person and does not operate to bind FDA or the public. An alternate approach may be used if such approach satisfies the requirements of the applicable statutes and regulations.

In the Federal Register of December 4, 2009 (74 FR 63759), we made available a draft guidance entitled “Draft Guidance for Industry: Factors That Distinguish Liquid Dietary Supplements From Beverages, Considerations Regarding Novel Ingredients, and Labeling for Beverages and Other Conventional Foods” (draft guidance) and gave interested parties an opportunity to submit comments by February 2, 2010, for us to consider before beginning work on the final version of the guidance. Elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register, we announce the availability of the final guidance, now entitled “Guidance for Industry: Distinguishing Liquid Dietary Supplements From Beverages.”

The draft guidance included a section entitled “Ingredients in Beverages and Other Conventional Foods are Subject to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act's Requirements for Substances Added to Food” (ingredients section). The ingredients section of the draft guidance described the general requirements of the FD&C Act regarding substances added to beverages and other conventional foods. We received several comments on the draft guidance and have modified the final guidance entitled “Guidance for Industry: Distinguishing Liquid Dietary Supplements From Beverages” where appropriate. The modifications to the final guidance entitled “Guidance for Industry: Distinguishing Liquid Dietary Supplements From Beverages” include a modified version of the ingredients section, which refers to the separate guidance that is the subject of this document.

The guidance that is the subject of this document derives from the ingredients section of the draft guidance. It is intended to remind manufacturers and distributors of conventional foods about the requirements of the FD Act regarding substances added to conventional foods, including beverages. This guidance also is intended to remind dietary supplement manufacturers and distributors that the same requirements apply to certain substances that are added to dietary supplements; namely, those that are not dietary ingredients as defined in section 201(ff)(1) of the FD Act (21 U.S.C. 321(ff)(1)). We are issuing this separate guidance, in addition to referring to it within the guidance entitled “Guidance for Industry: Distinguishing Liquid Dietary Supplements From Beverages,” to make it more prominent and improve its accessibility to manufacturers and distributors who look for guidance on the requirements of the FD Act regarding substances added to conventional foods, including beverages. Although we met the procedural requirements for issuing Level 1 final guidance by making the draft guidance available for comment, we are issuing this final guidance as Level 2 guidance under 21 CFR 10.115(g)(4) because it merely summarizes long-established requirements in the FD Act and regulations without setting forth any new interpretations of those requirements (see 21 CFR 10.115(c)(1) to (c)(2)).

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Interested persons may submit either electronic comments regarding the guidance to http://www.regulations.gov or written comments to the Division of Dockets Management (see ADDRESSES). It is only necessary to send one set of comments. Identify comments with the docket number found in brackets in the heading of this document. Received comments may be seen in the Division of Dockets Management between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, and will be posted to the docket at http://www.regulations.gov.

III. Electronic Access Back to Top

Persons with access to the Internet may obtain the guidance at either http://www.fda.gov/FoodGuidances or http://www.regulations.gov. Use the FDA Web site listed in the previous sentence to find the most current version of the guidance.

Dated: January 8, 2014.

Leslie Kux,

Assistant Commissioner for Policy.

[FR Doc. 2014-00500 Filed 1-13-14; 8:45 am]

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