FDA OKs potassium health claim

FDA has given the green light to a health claim on food labels that states “Diets containing foods that are good sources of potassium and low in sodium may reduce the risk of high blood pressure and stroke.”

Tropicana Products, Inc. had notified the agency of its intention to make such a claim. When the agency did not move to deny or modify the proposed claim, it was allowed as of Oct. 31, 2000. To qualify, foods must have at least 350 mg of potassium per reference amount customarily consumed (RACC), 140 mg or less of sodium per RACC, 3 g or less of total fat per RACC, 1 g or less of saturated fatty acids per RACC, not more than 15% of calories from saturated fatty acids and 20 mg or less of cholesterol per RACC.

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