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FDA Grants Citizen Petition for Dietary Fiber

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

(North American Meat Institute)

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will propose adding "cross-linked phosphorylated RS4"-regardless of source - to the definition of dietary fiber.FDA took this action in response to a citizen petition from MGP Ingredients Inc. FDA determined that the scientific evidence suggests cross-linked phosphorylated RS4 can help reduce insulin levels following a meal containing a carbohydrate that raises blood glucose levels.

The FDA established a definition for dietary fiber in its Nutrition Facts label final rule, which was published in the Federal Register on May 27, 2016. Dietary fiber that can be declared on the Nutrition and Supplement Facts labels includes certain naturally occurring fibers that are "intrinsic and intact" in plants and added isolated or synthetic non-digestible soluble and insoluble carbohydrates that FDA has determined have beneficial physiological effects to human health.

Firms can submit citizen petitions to FDA requesting that additional fibers be added to the definition of dietary fiber. Those petitions will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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