FDA Holds the Line on Green Tea Qualified Health ClaimsSeptember 17, 2008
FDA has denied a petition for administrative reconsideration of its June 2005 decision on qualified health claims for green tea and certain cancers. In that decision, FDA stated its intent to consider the exercise of enforcement discretion for two weakly worded qualified health claims for the relationship between consumption of green tea and a reduced risk of breast cancer and prostate cancer, but denied qualified health claims for the relationship between consumption of green tea and a reduced risk of various other cancers.
Under 21 C.F.R. § 10.33(e), a request for reconsideration must demonstrate that FDA did not consider or adequately consider relevant information or views contained in the administrative record, among other things. According to FDA, the request for reconsideration failed to meet this test. FDA’s denial further asserts that, even if the request for reconsideration were granted under 21 C.F.R. § 10.33(d) as being in the public interest and in the interest of justice, FDA would reach the same decision as it reached in 2005. FDA’s denial notes that the agency may revisit its decision as warranted by the emergence of new scientific evidence or changes in consumption patterns.