From the FDA announcing two draft guidance documents for nutrition labeling, to the announcement of a potential oral vaccine for Salmonella, below are this week’s interesting reads:
Nutrition Draft Guidance from FDA
As our readers are well aware, the FDA published two new rules on May 26, 2016 regarding the information consumers find on the back of most packaged foods. The first rule addresses nutrition labeling, and the second addresses Reference Amounts Customarily Consumed (RACC). You can download our Nutrition Facts Labeling Guide to read more about the changes.
To help industry understand these changes and how to implement them, the FDA has released two draft guidance documents related to the final rules.
The first draft guidance, Questions and Answers on the Nutrition and Supplement Facts Labels Related to the Compliance Date, Added Sugars, and Declaration of Quantitative Amounts of Vitamins and Minerals: Guidance for Industry (what a title), provides industry with questions and answers on topics related to compliance with the final rule entitled “Food Labeling: Revision of the Nutrition and Supplement Facts Labels.”
The comment period deadline for the first draft guidance is 60 days following the publication in the Federal Register of the notice announcing the availability of the draft guidance (March 6, 2017).
The second draft guidance, Reference Amounts Customarily Consumed: List of Products for Each Product Category: Guidance for Industry, provides examples of products that belong in each of the product categories included in the tables of RACCs per Eating Occasion established in 21 CFR 101.12(b).
As with the first draft guidance, the second is open for comments until March 6, 2017 as well.
Campbell Soup Sides with Potassium Salt Petition
Going along with the theme of Nutrition Facts labeling, a citizen’s petition started by Nu Tek Food Science has added one more signature to the books regarding its request of the FDA to allow companies to use potassium salt on labels as an alternate name for potassium chloride (FDA has included potassium as a labeling requirement within the final rule).
Along with a growing group of other manufacturers, Campbell Soup believes the alternate name will help increase the likelihood of consumers choosing products lower in sodium.
Additionally, many manufacturers feel the name potassium chloride will be off-putting to a growing base of consumers looking for clean labels. Potassium salt, alternatively, would “demystify” the ingredient and also help companies reduce sodium in products while also increasing potassium intake for consumers.
It will be interesting to see how this plays out over the next few months.
Oral Vaccine for Salmonella?
According to Food Safety News, researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston have developed an oral vaccine to help combat the foodborne pathogen responsible for the most hospitalizations and deaths in the United States—Salmonella.
While this is exciting news nonetheless, lead researcher Ashok Chopra, professor of microbiology and immunology at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, stated it will likely take roughly five years before the Salmonella vaccine is available to the public.
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