FDA DENIES WHOLE GRAINS PETITION
ug Administration denied General Mills' petition to define the descriptors "excellent source," "good source" and "made with" in describing foods' whole-grain content. The agency said in a recent letter that it needed to further consider differing positions on whether it should approve a qualified health claim for whole grains. At the same time, the FDA acknowledged the need to act on the issue and said it is looking at developing guidance on defining the term "whole grains." General Mills has been active in adding whole grains to its breakfast cereals.
SUPPLIERS MAY SEEK TRANS FATS EXTENSION
WASHINGTON -- The Food and Drug Administration issued guidance to manufacturers about how they may ask for extra time to comply with a new rule that requires food nutrition labels to include trans fat content beginning Jan. 1. The FDA said that in deciding whether to let suppliers use up old labels after Jan. 1, it would consider the amount of trans fat per serving the product in question has; the number of existing labels and their cost; and the time needed to use them up. FDA representatives said that the number of requests for extensions has picked up since Sept. 1, when only three requests had been made.