The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced yesterday that it has started a public process to update the criteria for making a “healthy” nutrient content claim in food labeling. To initiate that process, FDA issued a request for information, with comments due January 26, 2017. FDA also announced that while the rulemaking process is ongoing, the agency will exercise enforcement discretion to allow healthy” claims on foods that:
(1) are not low in fat, but the amounts of mono- and poly-unsaturated fats constitute the majority of the fat content and the mono- and poly-unsaturated fat content is declared on the label; or
(2) do not contain at least 10 percent of the Daily Value (DV) per reference amount customarily consumed (RACC) of vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, calcium, protein, or dietary fiber, but do contain at least 10 percent of the DV per RACC of potassium or vitamin D, and whichever nutrient is being used as the basis for eligibility is declared in the label.
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