FDA Draft Guidance – Fruit and Vegetable Juice as Color Additives

Update:  The FDA has re-opened the public comment period. Comments are due by May 1st 217.  Source: FDA

Comment: We’ve recently seen multiple comment periods re-opened or extended. This appears consistent with the typical slowdown and adjustment as a new administration takes over. 

292_2708572The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or we) is announcing the availability of a draft guidance for industry entitled “Fruit Juice and Vegetable Juice as Color Additives in Food.” The draft guidance, when finalized, will help manufacturers determine whether a color additive derived from a plant material meets the specifications under certain FDA color additive regulations.  


The fact that plant material can be eaten does not necessarily mean that juice from such plant material meets the specifications of these regulations.

As you read through the full  PDF, keep in mind the FDA’s quote above…the FDA worries about food safety. Its up to the food industry to prove a color additive is safe.”


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