The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as a follow up to its September 28, 2016 Federal Register Notice, plans to have a public meeting on March 9, 2017 to discuss labeling of human food products with the term “healthy”.
The public meeting announcement notes that there will be multiple opportunities for those attending to express their opinion on the term. However, the FDA seems particularly interested to have those in attendance discuss the term “healthy” as it relates to any nutrient content claims and food-component claims and if the term should be an umbrella term or a single definition. There is also time allotted during the public meeting for discussion on the consumer understanding of the term and whether labeling “healthy” on human food products may be false or misleading.
The public meeting is the latest step in the FDA’s effort to modernize the term with the current understanding of public health science after many issues with the term have recently risen; these issues include i) companies being involved in litigation over the term, ii) consensus science on what is considered “healthy”, and iii) critics of its use by the food industry.
Electronic or written public comment on the issue will be ongoing until April 26, 2017 and more information about the public meeting (including the Agenda) can be found here.
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