FDA collecting its own data

FDA notified the Office of Management and Budget that it intends to conduct an experimental study of health claims on food packages.

One key issue for FDA is whether or not a health claim needs to refer to the substance, such as a nutrient, that is the basis of the claim, or may a food-specific claim be sufficient. For example, may a health claim on a yogurt package say “Yogurt may reduce the risk of osteoporosis” or must it say something like “Calcium-rich foods, such as yogurt, may reduce the risk of osteoporosis”?

FDA now requires that the substance upon which the claim is based be included in the claim. In that way, FDA reasons, consumers recognize they can construct healthy diets by choosing a variety of foods that contain the substance.

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