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FDA Reminds Industry on Proper Label
In October, FDA published a document defining three
categories of claims that can be used on food and
supplement labels: health claims, structure/function
nutrient content claims. The document is a reminder
manufacturer and FDA (and the Federal Trade
the case of advertising) are responsible for ensuring
of label claims. See document:
Author's Note: This excellent summary document will
to all manufacturers when writing label claims.
NIH Announces Availability of CARDS Database
The Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) at the
Institutes of Health (NIH) announced the availability
Computer Access to Research on Dietary Supplements
(CARDS). CARDS is a database of federally funded
pertaining to dietary supplements and currently
projects funded during 1999; it will expand to include
from subsequent years and other Federal agencies.
USDA Proposes to Expand Pizza Definition
Responding to a petition from the National Frozen
Institute (NFPI), USDA proposes to eliminate standards
identity for "pizza with meat'' and "pizza with
NFPI demonstrated that the standards are restricting
development of new products and that consumers'
tions of what is meant by "pizza'' are broader than
prescribed by current standards. Read proposal:
Submit comments by Jan. 2, 2002.
FYI TIP: The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has
it will not permit the use of the "5 a Day for Better
Health" logo on
imports of pre-packaged fresh fruits and vegetables
United States after August 31, 2002; the logo is at
odds with the
Canadian message "5-10 a Day." Read USDA Foreign
Agricultural Service announcement: