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With FDA poised to propose rules on how carbohydrates are listed on the Nutrition Facts panel on food packages, National Starch, a New Jersey-based starch supplier, filed a petition with the agency asking that fiber be broken out of the Total Carbohydrate Content listing.

Doing so would help consumers seeking to increase their fiber intake and would provide consistency with global food labels, said a company spokesperson. Separating dietary fiber from the total carb count would also help consumer differentiate between carbs that are digested and those that are not.

The Grocery Manufacturers of America has not yet taken a position on such a fiber listing but is concentrating on urging FDA to accept its definition of “carbohydrate-free,” “low carbohydrate,” “reduced carbohydrates,” “good source of carbohydrates,” and “excellent source of carbohydrates.”

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