FDA To Update Definition of ‘Healthy’ Claims
In the world of ever-evolving regulations, the latest major notation is the adjustment to the definition of “healthy” just proposed by FDA. The foundation of this concerns the application of “implied” Nutrient Content Claims. This opens the door to interpretation, and therein lies the challenge, as many of us have had or continue to have to deal with.
Notably, the term “healthy” would not apply to Dietary Supplements. The reasons for this lie in the structure of the requirements and the specifics that identify the types of products to which “healthy” may be applied. In 1990 with the passage of the Nutrition Labeling Education Act (NLEA), there was no recognition at the time of any benefit derived from Dietary Supplements, which set the stage for the debate that ultimately resulted in the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA).
This narrowed definition, in effect is essentially equivalent to the FDA stepping back in time to 1990 and regulating on the premise that Dietary Supplements have nothing to do with health, which couldn’t be further from the truth.
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