Carbohydrate Nutrient Content Claims: Proposals for FDA Action and Lessons for Regulatory Response to Emerging Consumer Trends

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Carbohydrate Nutrient Content Claims: Proposals for FDA Action and Lessons for Regulatory Response to Emerging Consumer Trends

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dc.contributor.advisor Hutt, Peter Barton en_US
dc.contributor.author Cooper, Andrew en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-07-06T20:31:04Z
dc.date.issued 2006 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Carbohydrate Nutrient Content Claims: Proposals for FDA Action and Lessons for Regulatory Response to Emerging Consumer Trends (2006 Third Year Paper) en
dc.identifier.uri http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:8965541
dc.description.abstract This paper considers the recent experience of the low-carbohydrate trend in nutrition. During the early years of this decade, thousands of new products claiming to be low in carbohydrates appeared on supermarket shelves in response to surging consumer demand. Despite the cooling of the fad, a substantial number of these products are still offered to consumers. While many of these foods make a variety of explicit and implicit claims on their labels about their carbohydrate content, the Food and Drug Administration (“FDAâ€) has not yet authorized definitions of nutrient content claims for carbohydrates. This paper argues that FDA must provide consumers and the food industry with a comprehensive regulatory framework for carbohydrate nutrient content claims in order to bring consistency to carbohydrate-related labeling and to ensure that claims are not false or misleading. This paper further argues that FDA should use the low-carbohydrate episode as an opportunity to evaluate how the agency and its food label regulations can most effectively respond to consumer needs in an era when changes in nutritional science are fast-paced, conventional diet wisdom is being challenged, and obesity in America has reached epidemic proportions. en
dc.language.iso en_US en
dash.license LAA en_US
dc.subject Food and Drug Law en
dc.subject carbohydrates en
dc.title Carbohydrate Nutrient Content Claims: Proposals for FDA Action and Lessons for Regulatory Response to Emerging Consumer Trends en
dc.type Paper (for course/seminar/workshop) en_US
dc.date.available 2012-07-06T20:31:04Z

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