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FDA Authorises Cholesterol Health Claim for Certain Fruits and Vegetables

The Food and Drug Administration has amended the regulations authorising a health claim on the relationship between dietary saturated fat and cholesterol and risk of coronary heart disease to permit raw fruits and vegetables that fail to comply with the “low fat” definition and/or the minimum nutrient content requirement to be eligible to bear the claim. The agency has taken this action in response to a petition submitted by the American Heart Association. In essence, the amendment expands the use of this health claim to certain fruits and vegetables that are currently ineligible for the claim.

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