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FDA ponders first food-specific health claim

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration is on the verge of allowing the first food-specific health claim to be made on packaging. In early January, FDA announced it was considering allowing use of the following model language: "Diets high in oatmeal or oat bran and low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease." Previously, only broad claims about general nutrients were allowed.
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Making calcium health claims?

The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) has asked the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to allow a health claim on dairy products stating that adequate calcium intake may reduce the risk of high blood pressure.
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FDA sweetens 'jelly bean rule'

Prompted by food manufacturers, FDA is proposing to exempt certain sugar-free candies from the agency's so-called "jelly bean rule" to allow a health claim on the label.
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Don't go changing, FTC urged

As the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reviews its environmental marketing guidelines for effectiveness, at least one trade group urged the regulatory agency to keep things the way they are.
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New fish inspection marks

Several inspection marks for fish package labeling were recently modified by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), part of the U.S. Department of Commerce.
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Pouches link looks, functionality

Pouches made of water-soluble film are giving Cincinnati-based Ciba-Geigy a competitive edge in the market for turf management products used by golf course groundskeepers.
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Mead disputes desire for EPA guidelines

In the wake of our report on the Environmental Protection Agency and recycled-content standards for government-purchased boxes (see PW, August '95, p.
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FDA getting touger on iron
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BST labeling law survives

Container size is not the only issue over which dairies must grapple between state and federal regulations. In the ongoing BST label law battle in Vermont, both a federal judge and the Court of Appeals rejected an industry motion for an injunction, pending appeal of the law.
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Regulatory reform still contentious

After several months of relative inactivity during the summer break, the struggle to get a regulatory reform bill through the Senate continues, although it's likely to take a back seat to appropriations and welfare reform.

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