New health claims
for fiber, folic acid, not approved
On October 11, FDA announced that a health
claim stating that increased dietary fiber cuts the risk of developing
colorectal cancer will not be permitted because "evidence against
the claim outweigh[s] the evidence for it." The agency also determined
that higher levels of folic acid like those found in supplements
are not more effective at reducing the risk of neural tube defects
than the lower levels typically obtained from food. At press time,
FDA had yet to issue decisions on the remaining two health claims
mentioned in Pearson vs. Shalala concerning antioxidants
and cancer, and omega-3 fatty acids and coronary heart disease.
FDA Talk Paper, Oct. 11, 2000.
by Herb Research Foundation, Boulder, CO, USA.