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FDA Extends Comment Period for Multi-Year Nutrition Innovation Strategy

Friday, August 24, 2018

(North American Meat Institute)

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) extended the deadline to October 11, 2018, to receive public comments on its Nutrition Innovation Strategy . Comments were originally due August 27.

According to FDA, the Nutrition Innovation Strategy would promote public health through improved nutrition, encouraging industry innovation to create healthier products that consumers seek. FDA identified several areas where it believes there is opportunity to improve public health and encourage innovation: claims on labels, information about ingredients in food and standards of identity. Specifically, FDA intends to define what “healthy” means, and is considering creating an icon or symbol to display on products that meet the definition. The agency is also exploring adding claims to products that offer food groups – whole grains, low-fat dairy, fruits and vegetables and healthy oils – for which American diets typically fall short of recommendations.

As part of the strategy, FDA plans to advance the short-term voluntary sodium targets and will align its approach with the Dietary Reference Intake study being conducted by the National Academies. FDA also is taking final steps to provide consumers with the new Nutrition Facts label and is finishing its work on menu labeling. The Meat Institute will submit comments to FDA.

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