November 1, 2016
Today, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a request for information (RFI) to invite comments, data and other information on the appropriate reference amount customarily consumed (RACC) and product category for flavored nut butter spreads (e.g., cocoa, cookie, and coffee flavored), as well as products that can be used to fill cupcakes and other desserts.
The FDA is taking this action in part because it recently issued a final rule updating certain RACCs, and the agency has also received a citizen petition asking that it either (1) issue guidance recognizing that “nut cocoa-based spreads” fall within the “Honey, jams, jellies, fruit butter, molasses” category for the purposes of RACC determination, or (2) amend the current regulation relating to RACCs to establish a new RACC category for “nut cocoa-based spreads” with a RACC of 1 tablespoon. The RFI represents the first step in our evaluation of the appropriate RACC and product category for “nut cocoa-based spreads.”
The FDA is also taking this action in response to a comment received on the 2014 proposed rule that proposed to update and modify certain RACCs for previously established product categories and establish RACCs for new products and product categories. The comment requested the FDA amend serving size regulations to establish a RACC and product category for cupcake fillings. In the final rule, we responded to the comment by saying that we recognized the need for a RACC for these products, but that because the 2014 proposed rule was silent about a RACC for cupcake fillings, we intend to establish a RACC for the product category in a future rulemaking. The RFI represents the first step in our evaluation of the appropriate RACC and product category for products used as a filling for cupcakes and other desserts.
The comment period will open on November 2, 2016.
To submit comments to the docket by mail, use the following address. Be sure to include docket number FDA-2016-N-2938 on each page of your written comments.
Division of Dockets Management
Food and Drug Administration
5630 Fishers Lane, Room 1061
Rockville, MD 20852
For More Information
- Federal Register Notice: Reference Amount Customarily Consumed for Flavored Nut Butter Spreads (e.g., cocoa, cookie, and coffee flavored), and Products that Can Be Used to Fill Cupcakes and Other Desserts, in the Labeling of Human Food Products; Request for Information and Comments
- Final Rule: Serving Sizes of Foods That Can Reasonably Be Consumed At One Eating Occasion; Dual-Column Labeling; Updating, Modifying, and Establishing Certain Reference Amounts Customarily Consumed; Serving Size for Breath Mints; and Technical Amendments
- Changes to the Nutrition Facts Label