Monthly Archives: December 2011

Fun facts from the Food and Drug Regulations (you know you’re a regulatory geek when, right?)

Despite the fact that this post will probably land me in the category of ‘huge regulatory geek’, purchase I’m posting it anyway.  Below is a collection of interesting, ailment fun facts from the Regs (at least they’re interesting and fun to me – I know, geek, right!).  I hope you enjoy!

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Does Psyllium Fibre Reduce Cholesterol? Health Canada Says it Does!

Health Canada has concluded that scientific evidence exists to support the therapeutic claim linking the consumption of psyllium fibre to a reduction of blood cholesterol.  This means that the labels of certain foods (see below for details on which ones) will now be able to brag that they can lower cholesterol, stomach a risk factor for heart disease.   Health Canada’s recent decision follows a submission made in 1997.  Its review considered available evidence, story consumer research, rx preliminary feedback from industry, and decisions made in other jurisdictions. Continue reading

Energy Drinks – Now Foods, not NHPs in Canada

Health Canada is re-classifying energy drinks as foods, putting them on par with the FDA’s classification.  Previously, energy drinks were classified in Canada as natural health products (NHPs) which are not subject to the same labeling requirements, including the nutrition facts table requirements of the Food and Drug Regulations.  As a result of the change in classification, the cans of energy drinks will now contain the nutrition facts table and required allergen declarations, and the drinks will be limited to 180 mg of caffeine (about the amount in a medium-sized coffee). Continue reading

Food Bite: EFSA Publishes Draft Guidance on Health Claims

European Food and Safety Authority (EFSA), site in consultation with its Scientific Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies (NDA) has published a draft guidance on the scientific requirements for substantiation of health claims related to antioxidants, oxidative damage and cardiovascular health.  It focuses on two issues regarding the substantiation of health claims:  which claimed effects are considered to be beneficial psychological effects, and which studies / outcome measures are considered appropriate for the substantiation of health claims.  The guidance can be found at

Gluten-Avoiders rejoice!

Gluten-avoiders rejoice – yet another regulatory body has moved towards a uniform definition of the term “gluten-free”, price a move which helps those who avoid gluten make informed decisions about the foods they eat.

Gluten, more about like many other known allergens, has been getting a lot of attention in recent years as the number of gluten-free consumers increases and companies recognize the importance of providing choices for those consumers.  As the need and market for these products has increased, regulatory authorities have put into place rules to reinforce the importance of accurate labeling of known allergens, including gluten. Continue reading

Stevia Eh – Why are Canadians Missing out on the Latest in Low-Sugar Foods?

Stevia, health the controversial sugar substitute once again made headlines when it was recently approved for use as a sweetener in a range of foods and beverages in the EU.  The EU agency’s recent decision approving stevia means that, this as of December 2, viagra 2011, food and beverage manufacturers in the EU can use this zero calorie, sweetening powerhouse in foods and beverages.  This is something they’ve been able to do in the US since 2008 when FDA first determined that stevia was GRAS (“generally recognized as safe”) for use as a sweetener in foods and beverages. Continue reading