If you've read through Michele Raymond's report on the upcoming battle over plastic containers and recycling in California (see p. 44), you recognize you're reading a piece that originates from someone with a pro-recycling bias.
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The National Food Processors Assn. and the Grocery Manufacturers of America are urging FDA to approve a pending health claim for labels that links soy protein with the prevention of coronary heart disease.
In written testimony to FDA on structure/function claims for dietary supplements, Grocery Manufacturers of America (GMA) says that while consumer safety is obviously FDA's top priority, real risks are few and far between.
Congress appears likely to provide at least part of the $6 million needed to get a new 120-day notification program off the ground by Oct. 1. But many manufacturers are concerned with how the FDA will administer the program.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has cleared a new health claim for labels of foods containing 51% or more of whole grain ingredients by weight. Labels of products meeting this standard may state: "Diets rich in whole grain foods and other plant foods and low in total fat, saturated fats and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease and certain cancers." This is the eleventh health claim approved by FDA for food labels and the first one to link a food's effect with two diseases.
The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) wants FDA to change its nutrition labeling requirements to include a line for "added sugars," charging that consumers should be able to tell when sugars are added in processing as opposed to occurring naturally in the food.