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Food and Drug Administration, HHS.
Final rule; confirmation of effective date.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or we) is confirming the effective date of July 10, 2018, for the final rule that appeared in the Federal Register of June 7, 2018, and that amended the color additive regulations to provide for the safe use of D&C Black No. 4 for coloring ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) non-absorbable sutures for use in general surgery.
Effective date of final rule published in the Federal Register of June 7, 2018 (83 FR 26356) confirmed: July 10, 2018.
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Joseph M. Thomas, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (HFS-265), Food and Drug Administration, 5001 Campus Dr., College Park, MD 20740-3835, 301-796-9465.
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In the Federal Register of June 7, 2018 (83 FR 26356), we amended the color additive regulations to add § 74.3054, “D&C Black No. 4,” (21 CFR 74.3054) to provide for the safe use of D&C Black No. 4 for coloring UHMWPE non-absorbable sutures for use in general surgery.
We gave interested persons until July 9, 2018, to file objections or requests for a hearing. We received no objections or requests for a hearing on the final rule. Therefore, we find that the effective date of the final rule that published in the Federal Register of June 7, 2018, should be confirmed.
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- Color additives
Therefore, under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C. 321, 341, 342, 343, 348, 351, 352, 355, 361, 362, 371, 379e) and under authority delegated to the Commissioner of Food and Drugs, we are giving notice that no objections or requests for a hearing were filed in response to the June 7, 2018, final rule. Accordingly, the amendments issued in the final rule became effective July 10, 2018.
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Dated: September 12, 2018.
Associate Commissioner for Policy.
[FR Doc. 2018-20288 Filed 9-17-18; 8:45 am]
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