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HHS/FDA RIN: 0910-AC54 Publication ID: Spring 2004 
Title: Food Standards: General Principles and Food Standards Modernization 
Abstract: In 1995, the FDA and FSIS reviewed their regulatory procedures and requirements for food standards to determine whether any were still needed, and if so, which ones should be modified or streamlined. To request public comment to assist them in their review of the need for food standards, both agencies published advance notices of proposed rulemaking (ANPRMs) on food standards in December, 1995 (60 FR 47453 and 60 FR 67492). These ANPRMs discussed the agenciesÂ’ regulations and policy governing food standards, the history of food standards, and the possible need to revise the food standards. Several comments in response to the ANPRMs recommended that the agencies establish general principles or a fundamental philosophy for reviewing food standards and revising them. The agencies agreed with these comments and determined that it would be appropriate to develop general principles for reviewing and revising food standards regulations. The agencies also agreed with the comments that stated that the agencies should work in concert to develop consistent food standards regulations. FDA and FSIS are now proposing a set of general principles that define how modern food standards should be structured. If this proposed rule is adopted, FDA and FSIS will require that a citizen petition for establishing, revising, or eliminating a food standard in 21 CFR parts 130 to 169 and 7 CFR part 410 be submitted in accordance with the general principles. Conversely, the agencies may find deficient a petition to establish, revise, or eliminate a food standard that does not follow these general principles. 
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services(HHS)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: uncollected 
CFR Citation: 21 CFR 130.5   
Legal Authority: 21 USC 321    21 USC 336    21 USC 341    21 USC 343    21 USC 371   
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
ANPRM  12/29/1995  60 FR 67492   
ANPRM Comment Period End  04/29/1996    
NPRM  09/00/2004    
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes  Government Levels Affected: Undetermined 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: Undetermined 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
Agency Contact:
Ritu Nalubola
Department of Health and Human Services
Food and Drug Administration
HFS-820, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, Harvey Wiley Building, 5100 Paint Branch Parkway,
College Park, MD 20740
Phone:301 436-2371
Fax:301 436-2636
Email: ritu.nalubola@fda.hhs.gov