[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 101 (Tuesday, May 27, 2014)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Page 30056]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-12095]


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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Food and Drug Administration

21 CFR Part 101

[Docket No. FDA-2004-N-0258 (Formerly Docket No. 2004N-0456)]
RIN 0910-AF23


Food Labeling: 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; 
Extension of Comment Period

AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

ACTION: Proposed rule; extension of comment period.

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SUMMARY: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA, the Agency, or we) is 
extending the comment period for the proposed rule that appeared in the 
Federal Register of March 3, 2014. In the proposed rule, FDA requested 
comments on FDA's regulations for serving sizes for the Nutrition Facts 
Label. We are taking this action in response to requests for an 
extension to allow interested persons additional time to submit 
comments.

DATES: FDA is extending the comment period on the proposed rule 
published on March 3, 2014 (79 FR 11990). Submit either electronic or 
written comments by August 1, 2014.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods:

Electronic Submissions

    Submit electronic comments in the following way:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the instructions for submitting comments.

Written Submissions

    Submit written submissions in the following ways:
     Mail/Hand delivery/Courier (for paper submissions): 
Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 
5630 Fishers Lane, rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852.
    Instructions: All submissions received must include the Agency 
name, Docket No. FDA-2004-N-0258, and RIN 0910-AF23 for this 
rulemaking. All comments received may be posted without change to 
http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information 
provided. For additional information on submitting comments, see the 
``Request for Comments'' heading of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION 
section of this document.
    Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or 
comments received, go to http://www.regulations.gov and insert the 
docket number, found in brackets in the heading of this document, into 
the ``Search'' box and follow the prompts and/or go to the Division of 
Dockets Management, 5630 Fishers Lane, rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cherisa Henderson, Center for Food 
Safety and Applied Nutrition (HFS-830), Food and Drug Administration, 
5100 Paint Branch Pkwy., College Park, MD 20740, 240-402-5429, email: 
NutritionProgramStaff@fda.hhs.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

    In the Federal Register of March 3, 2014 (79 FR 11990), we 
published a proposed rule entitled ``Food Labeling: 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'' with a 90-day comment period to request 
comments on amending the definition of a single-serving container; 
requiring dual-column labeling for certain containers; updating and 
modifying several reference amounts customarily consumed; adding 
several food products and food product categories to the reference 
amounts customarily consumed per eating occasion for the general food 
supply; amending the label serving size for breath mints; and making 
technical amendments to various aspects of the serving size 
regulations. Comments on the proposed rule will inform FDA's rulemaking 
to amend the regulations for serving sizes for the Nutrition Facts 
Label.
    We received multiple requests for a 90-day extension of the comment 
period for the proposed rule. Each request conveyed concern that the 
original 90-day comment period does not allow sufficient time to 
develop a meaningful or thoughtful response to the proposed rule.
    We have considered the requests and are extending the comment 
period for the proposed rule for 60 days, until August 1, 2014. We 
believe that a 60-day extension allows adequate time for interested 
persons to submit comments without significantly delaying rulemaking on 
these important issues.

II. Request for Comments

    Interested persons may submit either electronic comments regarding 
this document to http://www.regulations.gov or written comments to the 
Division of Dockets Management (see ADDRESSES). It is only necessary to 
send one set of comments. Received comments may be seen in the Division 
of Dockets Management between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, 
and will be posted to the docket at http://www.regulations.gov.

    Dated: May 21, 2014.
Leslie Kux,
Assistant Commissioner for Policy.
[FR Doc. 2014-12095 Filed 5-23-14; 8:45 am]
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