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FDA to Redefine 'Healthy' Claim for Food Labeling

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

(North American Meat Institute)

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it has started a public process to redefine the "healthy" nutrient content claim for food labeling. Redefining "healthy" is part of an overall plan to provide consumers with information and tools to enable them to easily and quickly make food choices consistent with public health recommendations and to encourage the development of healthier foods by the industry, according to FDA.

Food manufacturers can continue to use the term "healthy" on foods that meet the current regulatory definition while FDA considers how to redefine the term as a nutrient content claim. FDA also issued a guidance document stating that the agency does not intend to enforce the regulatory requirements for products that use the term if certain criteria described in the guidance document are met.

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