The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will host a public meeting and is soliciting public input on whether to expand the products included in its guidance, titled “Toxicological Principles for the Safety Assessment of Food Ingredients”—also known as the “Redbook.”
The agency is apparently considering this expansion “to include chemical safety assessments for all products over which FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) has statutory authority including regulatory contexts such as food additives, food contact substances, dietary supplement ingredients, food contaminants, and cosmetics.” According to FDA, “The Redbook would describe toxicological principles which apply across regulatory categories while still providing specific guidance for applying these principles within each particular context. The safety of foods containing microbial contaminants will continue to remain outside of the scope of the Redbook.”
The meeting will take place December 9, 2014, in College Park, Maryland, and those wishing to participate in person must register by December 2. Those wishing to make oral presentations must submit their requests by November 21, and written comments are requested by February 9, 2015. See Federal Register, October 30, 2014.