FDA Issues Guidance on Fiber

FDA Recognizes Additional Fibers

FDA has published guidance, allowing food manufacturers to count eight new fibers when calculating the total amount of fiber per serving to declare on the Nutrition Facts and Supplement Facts labels.

Scott Gottlieb, M.D., commissioner of the FDA, said in a press release the new fibers include “mixed plant cell wall fibers (a broad category that includes fibers like sugar cane fiber and apple fiber, among many others); arabinoxylan; alginate; inulin and inulin-type fructans; high amylose starch (resistant starch 2); galactooligosaccharide; polydextrose; and resistant maltodextrin/dextrin.”

The guidance was published following FDA’s review of citizen petitions, which requested the agency identify additional isolated or synthetic non-digestible carbohydrates in the listing of dietary fibers. Gottlieb said FDA is evaluating other petitions, which request the recognition of additional fibers.

“We recognize the importance of providing timely responses so that food makers have certainty around their manufacturing decisions,” he said. “We also welcome the submission of additional petitions in the future as science emerges and as new ingredients are identified. Our expectation is that we will continue to evaluate additional dietary fibers on a rolling basis, and we expect that additional fibers may be recognized in the future.”

For more information on the topic, check out:

Guidance for Industry: The Declaration of Certain Isolated or Synthetic Non-Digestible Carbohydrates as Dietary Fiber on Nutrition and Supplement Facts Labels

Constituent Update: FDA Issues Guidance, Science Review, and Citizen Petition Responses on Dietary Fiber

Review of the Scientific Evidence on the Physiological Effects of Certain Non-Digestible Carbohydrates

Questions and Answers for Industry on Dietary Fiber

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