Labeling comments

For nearly a decade, the Food and Drug Administration has been seeking comment on issues related to health claims and nutrient content claims in food labeling prior to issuing final rules.

In its latest comments, the National Food Processors Assn. urged flexibility in labeling claims and recommended that FDA:

• conduct a First Amendment analysis for the rulemaking, and apply First Amendment principles to the rule;

• remove minimum nutrient contribution requirements from health claims provisions;

• replace disqualifying nutrient levels for health claims with disclosures;

• consider removing the requirement for the word “may” from the expression of “significant scientific agreement” health claims;

• permit unlisted synonyms for nutrient content claims, and develop flexible provisions for “anchoring” unlisted synonyms; and

• permit abbreviated and implied health claims.

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