A 90-day public comment period for interested parties began on 12 November and will close on 10 February 2016 following publication in the Federal Register. This will attempt to canvas opinion on 16 specific questions – including whether it is appropriate to establish a binding definition at all.
The regulator notes it has been prompted to take this action after receiving three separate citizen petitions on the issue. The question of what constitutes a natural food or ingredient has now emerged in several US court cases; including whether it can be applied to products that contain high-fructose corn syrup, and genetically-modified organisms.
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