|The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is amending the color additive regulations to provide for the safe use of soy leghemoglobin as a color additive in ground beef analogue products (e.g. veggie burgers). The FDA is taking this action in response to a color additive petition (CAP) submitted by Impossible Foods, Inc.
Based on the data and information in the petition and other available relevant information, FDA concluded that the petitioned use of soy leghemoglobin as a color additive in ground beef analogue products is safe, provided the amount of soy leghemoglobin protein does not exceed 0.8 percent by weight of the uncooked product.
Therefore, FDA is amending the color additive regulations in part 73 to provide for the safe use of this color additive as an exempt from certification color as set forth in the Federal Register notice.
This rule is effective September 4, 2019, pending any objections filed in the next 30 days.