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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued the Final Rule on Food Additive Regulations: Synthetic Flavoring Agents and Adjuvants under 83 FR 50490 on October 9, 2018.

This Rule amends the food additive regulations to no longer authorize the use of benzophenone, ethyl acrylate, eugenyl methyl ether, myrcene, pulegone and pyridine as synthetic flavoring substances for use in food.

This Rule is based from the petition submitted by the Breast Cancer Fund (now known as the Breast Cancer Prevention Partners), Center for Environmental Health, Center for Food Safety, Center for Science in the Public Interest, Consumers Union, Environmental Defense Fund, Environmental Working Group, Improving Kids’ Environment, Natural Resources Defense Council, WE ACT for Environmental Justice, and Mr. James Huff.

To accommodate the industry’s transition to replacement ingredients, the FDA does not intend to enforce the rule for the six synthetic flavorings until October 9, 2020.