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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 - 2010

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TimeTargetPercentage
Oct 20097373
Nov 20097380
Dec 20097373
Jan 20107376
Feb 20107366
Mar 20107378
Apr 20107379
May 20107389
Jun 20107372
Jul 20107363
Aug 20107382
Sep 20107379

FY 2010 Overall: 70%

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

Fiscal Year - 2010
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TimeTargetNumber
Oct 2009N/A314
Nov 2009N/A357
Dec 2009N/A350
Jan 2010N/A325
Feb 2010N/A325
Mar 2010N/A518
Apr 2010N/A413
May 2010N/A474
Jun 2010N/A410
Jul 2010N/A341
Aug 2010N/A426
Sep 2010N/A377

FY 2010 Total: 4,289

Total number of batch certifications issued during the month

Fiscal Year - 2010
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TimeTargetNumber
Oct 2009N/A431
Nov 2009N/A444
Dec 2009N/A479
Jan 2010N/A427
Feb 2010N/A490
Mar 2010N/A668
Apr 2010N/A523
May 2010N/A535
Jun 2010N/A573
Jul 2010N/A539
Aug 2010N/A517
Sep 2010N/A478

FY 2010 Total: 6,104

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