FDA Releases Guidance on Fiber and Several Other Key Issues

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released several guidance documents related to the Nutrition Facts label final rule, including a final guidance explaining how the FDA evaluates the scientific evidence supporting citizen petitions to add certain isolated or synthetic non-digestible carbohydrates to the regulatory definition of dietary fiber.

The FDA published the Nutrition and Supplement Facts Label Final Rule on May 27, 2016. In the rule, we established a definition for the term “dietary fiber” to ensure that only fibers with a beneficial physiological effect on human health could be declared as dietary fiber on the food label. That definition includes naturally occurring fibers like those found in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and seven isolated (i.e., extracted from plant sources) or synthetic non-digestible carbohydrates (NDCs), each having a physiological health benefit.

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