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Percentage of Requests for Certification of a Batch of Color Additives for which certification is issued within 5 business days during the month

Dictionary: The law requires that certain color additives be tested and certified by FDA before they can be used in foods, drugs, cosmetics, medical devices, and pet foods. The Color Certification Program tests each and every batch of these color additives, which come from more than 31 domestic and foreign manufacturers. It is estimated that there is only a two week supply of color between FDA certification laboratories and manufacturers of finished products for purchase by U.S. consumers. FDA continues to strive for accurate and timely testing to ensure that this flow of safe certified color additives is not interrupted.

Information is current as of December 31, 2012.

Fiscal Year - 2013

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TimeTargetPercentage
Oct 20127594
Nov 20127597
Dec 20127586
Jan 201375TBD
Feb 201375TBD
Mar 201375TBD
Apr 201375TBD
May 201375TBD
Jun 201375TBD
Jul 201375TBD
Aug 201375TBD
Sep 201375TBD

FY 2013 YTD: 92%

Total number of batch certifications issued within 5 business days during the month

Fiscal Year - 2013
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TimeTargetNumber
Oct 2012N/A557
Nov 2012N/A586
Dec 2012N/A460
Jan 2013N/ATBD
Feb 2013N/ATBD
Mar 2013N/ATBD
Apr 2013N/ATBD
May 2013N/ATBD
Jun 2013N/ATBD
Jul 2013N/ATBD
Aug 2013N/ATBD
Sep 2013N/ATBD

FY 2013 YTD: 1,603

Total number of batch certifications issued during the month

Fiscal Year - 2013
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TimeTargetNumber
Oct 2012N/A593
Nov 2012N/A606
Dec 2012N/A535
Jan 2013N/ATBD
Feb 2013N/ATBD
Mar 2013N/ATBD
Apr 2013N/ATBD
May 2013N/ATBD
Jun 2013N/ATBD
Jul 2013N/ATBD
Aug 2013N/ATBD
Sep 2013N/ATBD

FY 2013 YTD: 1,734

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