F.D.A. requests comments on Nutrition Facts label

by Jeff Gelski
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WASHINGTON — The possibility of adding a daily reference value (DRV) for trans-fatty acids is just one issue where the Food and Drug Administration is requesting comments for proposed rulemaking for new reference values in the Nutrition Facts and Supplement Facts labels found on retail packaged foods and beverages.

The notice appears in the Federal Register of Nov. 2 (Vol. 72, No. 212). The F.D.A. will accept written or electronic comments until Jan. 31, 2008.

The F.D.A. seeks comments on whether food composition, menu modeling and data from dietary surveys should be used to establish a DRV for trans fat. A DRV does not exist for trans fat now.

The F.D.A. also seeks comments on whether saturated fat and trans fat should be listed on separate lines of the Nutrition Facts label while one numerical value would be given for the percent daily value of the two fats combined.

Besides fat, the F.D.A. seeks comments on such issues as carbohydrates, fiber, sodium, vitamins and minerals.

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