June 10, 2014

ABA Leads Industry in Dialogue with OMB on PHO GRAS Tentative Determination

From: American Bakers Association

by kkotche

ABA led a coalition of food industry organizations in a meeting with OMB on May 30 to discuss the coalition’s support for FDA’s public health goals but expressed concerns with the suggested approach of a PHO Tentative GRAS Determination Notice (TD). The Coalition recommended withdrawal of the notice and proposed that OMB should direct FDA to instead go through formal rulemaking which would include the safeguards, assessments and data required for such a significant action.

The Coalition pointed out to the significant progress the industry has made over the past decade to reformulate their products, and the ones that remain are the hardest reformulations with no healthier profile options available currently.

The Coalition challenged the assumptions upon which the limited FDA cost benefit analysis memo (CBA) were based and indicated to OMB that little to no public health benefits may be derived from FDA’s action if a safety threshold could be established. The coalition also discussed that current exposures are at safe levels and that FDA’s assessment inaccurately portrayed the current consumption levels. The group noted that ILSI’s safety threshold research will be complete in July.

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