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Functional food comment extension

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

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FDA announces in a Federal Register notice slated for publication Jan. 8 it will extend the comment period on conventional foods marketed as functional foods to March 5. The agency says each request it received "conveyed concern" the current 72-day comment period - closing 30 days after the Dec. 5 public hearing - does not allow sufficient time to "develop a meaningful or thoughtful response to the request for comments on the issues and questions" presented in an Oct. 25 notice on the topic. FDA announced in October 2006 it would hold a meeting to discuss the regulatory framework for products marketed as functional foods (1"The Tan Sheet" Oct. 30, 2006, p. 3). At its Dec. 5 meeting FDA heard comments from trade associations such as the Natural Products Association and the Council for Responsible Nutrition (2"The Tan Sheet" Dec. 11, 2006, p. 3)...

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