...INTOUCH... Volume 5/Number 9 - September 3,
Monthly Updates on Government Action Affecting Food
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Dietary Guidelines Report is Released
On August 19, 2004, the 2005 Dietary Guidelines
committee submitted its recommendations to the
of the departments of Health and Human Services (HHS)
and Agriculture (USDA). The report will serve as the
for the sixth edition of Nutrition and Your Health:
Guidelines for Americans that HHS and USDA expect to
publish in January 2005.
The committee recommends that the Guidelines convey
nine major messages:
-- Consume a variety of foods within and among the
food groups while staying within energy needs.
-- Control calorie intake to manage body weight.
-- Be physically active every day.
-- Increase daily intake of fruits and vegetables,
grains, and non-fat or low-fat milk and milk
-- Choose fats wisely for good health.
-- Choose carbohydrates wisely for good health.
-- Choose and prepare foods with little salt.
-- If you drink alcoholic beverages, do so in
-- Keep food safe to eat.
Read the report at:
The U.S. Dietary Guidelines are the federal
stand on what constitutes a healthy diet for
The Guidelines form the foundation of federal food,
nutrition education, and nutrition information
including FDA's nutrition labeling regulations.
In the report, calorie control is the dietary approach
control body weight rather than a reduction in amounts
of a particular macronutrient (fat, carbohydrate, or
This is noteworthy since the public has been seeking
carbohydrate" foods and industry has pushed for FDA
allowance for "low carbohydrate" labeling claims.
CFSAN Reports Progress - Includes Food Labels
On August 12, 2004, the Center for Food Safety and
Nutrition (CFSAN) released a progress report on the
2004 priorities through June. The report includes
food labeling issues, as well as other issues under
The report has three categories:
-- Priorities Accomplished - Items 34 through 41
food labeling including trans fat claims and
serving size declarations, label statements and
and obesity management.
-- New Priorities - Item 9 relates to label statements
-- A-List Goals moved to B-List - Items 6 through 8
to food labeling including new dietary
claims, and "Calories Count" for obesity
Read the report at:
Of the twelve food labeling priorities listed in the
report, six involve the development and use of label
ments and claims. Health stakeholders seem to be
on increasing the use of such statements by industry,
FDA is responding.
FTC Comments to FDA on Nutrition Labels Claims
On July 27, 2004, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
submitted comments to FDA stating support for specific
regulation changes that enable and promote increased
of "unqualified" health claims and nutrient content
food labels. FTC staff believes that certain changes
regulations will help consumers make better-informed
purchasing decisions and encourage industry to develop
and market healthier foods.
The FTC comments were submitted in response to a May
2004, Federal Register notice by FDA that the agency
reopened the comment period for a 1995 Proposed Rule
(Food Labeling: Nutrient Content Claims, General
Health Claims, General Requirements and Other Specific
Requirements for Individual Health Claims) which would
amend regulations to provide greater flexibility in
the use of
claims. The Proposed Rule addresses issues that were
brought to FDA's attention in 2003 by the FDA task
the agency's "Consumer Health Information for Better
tion" initiative. The task force recommended that FDA
public comment on several "claims" topics.
Read FTC news release and access comments at:
Read the May 4, 2004, Federal Register notice at:
Read the December 21, 1995, Proposed Rule at:
For background on the "Consumer Health Information for
Better Nutrition" initiative, see September, 2003,
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