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NOW THE NEWS!
*** EXTENDED COMMENT PERIOD ON TRANS FATS ***
FDA reopened the comment period to January 19, 2001,
proposed regulations that will require the amount of
acids present in foods and dietary supplements be
within the amount and percent Daily Value declared
ated fatty acids on Nutrition Facts/Supplement Facts
The FDA proposal also discusses new and revised
for several nutrient content and health claims.
See reports at
; scroll down, choose Federal Reg-
ister (under Reference Room). Request docket #
*** USDA FINALLY DEFINES "Organic" ***
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released the
official definition of "organic". The rule is
effective 60 days
after its date of publication and will be fully
months after its effective date. The standards
organic products are free from genetic engineering,
radiation, and use of sewage sludge for
fertilization, as well as
meet production, handling and accreditation
its ruling, USDA emphasized that the "USDA Organic"
a marketing tool and does not imply that these foods
or more nutritious.
To read the rule, go to
, choose Federal Register
(under Reference Room). Browse by Date: December 21,
2000, then select Contents (TXT), See Agricultural
Services Rules, then view three documents under
*** NEW POTASSIUM HEALTH CLAIM ***
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced on
2000 that a new health claim stating "Diets
containing foods that
are good sources of potassium and low in sodium may
the risk of high blood pressure and stroke" will be
foods that contain at least 350mg potassium (10%
and 140mg or less of sodium. Qualifying foods must
than 3g fat, 1g or less saturated fat, and 20mg or
Read about the notification at
FYI TIP: The Food Consulting Company helps clients
rules for Nutrition Facts format and type based on
and nutrient content. For example, packages with
more than 40
square inches must include the long "Percent Daily
footnote, but smaller packages may use the shortened
and abbreviated nutrient names.