Agency Response Letter GRAS Notice No. GRN 000426
CFSAN/Office of Food Additive Safety
June 5, 2012
8000 Maryland Avenue, Suite 460
St. Louis, MO 63105
Re: GRAS Notice No. GRN 000426
Dear Mr. Hammond:
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responding to the notice, dated February 6, 2012, that you submitted in accordance with the agency’s proposed regulation, proposed 21 CFR 170.36 (62 FR 18938; April 17, 1997; Substances Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS); the GRAS proposal). FDA received the notice on March 14, 2012, filed it on March 21, 2012, and designated it as GRAS Notice No. 000426.
The subject of the notice is rice hull fiber. The notice informs FDA of the view of RIBUS, Inc. that rice hull fiber is GRAS, through scientific procedures, for use as an anti-caking agent and flow aid in a variety of foods including meat, poultry, and egg products at levels consistent with current good manufacturing practices.
In an electronic mail message dated May 29, 2012, you asked that FDA cease to evaluate the notice. Given your request, we ceased to evaluate the GRAS notice, effective May 29, 2012, the date that we received your electronic mail message.
In accordance with proposed 21 CFR 170.36(f), a copy of the text of this letter responding to GRN 000426, as well as a copy of the information in this notice that conforms to the information in the GRAS exemption claim (proposed 21 CFR 170.36(c)(1)), is available for public review and copying via the FDA home page at http://www.fda.gov/grasnoticeinventory.
Antonia Mattia, Ph.D.
Division of Biotechnology and GRAS Notice Review
Office of Food Additive Safety
Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition