Volume 11, Number 2 - February
Hello from Food
Here's to keeping you current and in the know. We hope your
2010 is off to a productive start with products aplenty. You
can always count on our support as your virtual food
Codex and Why We Care
The Codex Alimentarius
Commission (Codex) is an international body that establishes
food standards under the joint auspices of the United
Nations World Health Organization (WHO) and Food and
Agriculture Organization (FAO). Both the United States and
Canada participate with Codex
to promote international harmonization of food standards.
Codex has no direct impact on food labels for products sold in the United States
or Canada until the countries act on a Codex
We research reports from Codex
as one of the many sources to bring you insights about food
Codex Alimentarius website.
Keeping You Current
NYC spearheads a
National Salt Reduction Initiative (NSRI)
NSRI proposes sodium targets for
restaurant food categories
Institute of Medicine asked to review
FDA information collection for dietary supplement
Consulting Company receives questions regarding Codex. The
Codex standards would be an important aid to companies
that export food products. Food labelers labeling products
for sale in the U.S. or Canada are not obligated to comply with Codex
decisions unless they are included in the
U.S. Code of Federal Regulations
Canadian Food and Drug Regulations.
Implied Nutrient Content Claims:
Part 6 of 10
installment in our ten-part series describes the use
of implied nutrient content claims on food labels.
This 10-part instructional series is based on a 2009
publication titled "Silliker Nutrient and Health
Claims U.S. Regulatory Guide" that was cooperatively
developed by Food Consulting Company and Silliker,
Inc., a leading provider of laboratory nutrition
Part 6 of the
Did you know that
"only 3g carb per serving" is an implied nutrient content
claim? The word "only" implies a low level, and therefore
this claim is invalid and would trigger an FDA warning. See
the Guide for more on implied nutrient content claims.
If you missed
earlier parts of the series you can view and download them
Part 4 or
Part 5.) The pages from all parts
will add up to the complete booklet.
If lecithin is present, does soy need to be claimed as
Yes, for FDA regulated
foods, if lecithin is derived from soy then soy needs to
be listed in plain, common English within the ingredient
statement. In addition, soy would also be included if
you are using a separate "Contains" allergen statement.
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