An industry coalition of food additive manufacturers is reported to have backed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in an ongoing court dispute about the agency’s voluntary notification process for food additives. Discussed in an article published by regulatory news provider Chemical Watch on July 30, 2019, the Safe Food Ingredients Coalition filed a comment to the court supporting a judgement that the existing rule “continues to faithfully implement the pathway to market for Gras substances that Congress adopted in the FD&C Act so many years ago.” This is the latest update in an ongoing court case between the FDA and the non-governmental organizations the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and Center for Food Safety (CFS) over the criteria set to define a food additive as a substance Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) (FPF reported). Plaintiffs are due to respond in the court case by August 23, 2019.

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Kelly Franklin (July 30, 2019). “Industry coalition files brief supporting US FDA Gras rule.”