Comment period for labeling rule extended to April 30

by Eric Schroeder
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WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration on Jan. 28 extended to April 30, 2008, the comment period for the advance notice of proposed rulemaking (A.N.P.R.M.) for nutrition labeling.

Titled "Food Labeling: Revision of Reference Values and Mandatory Nutrients," the A.N.P.R.M. was set to close on Jan. 31, but comments received by the F.D.A. in the past few months conveyed concern that the 90-day comment period did not "allow sufficient time to develop a meaningful or thoughtful response to the request for comments on the issues."

The 27-page notice seeks comments on what reference values the agency should use to calculate the per cent Daily Value (D.V.) in the Nutrition Facts and Supplement Facts labels. Also, comments are sought on whether certain nutrients should be added or eliminated from the Nutrition Facts and Supplemental Facts labels.

In the Jan. 28 Federal Register, the F.D.A. said extending the comment period until April 30 could be done "without significantly delaying the agency’s consideration of how F.D.A. should revise the Nutrition Facts and Supplement Facts labels."

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