FDA to Allow Heart-Health Claim for Barley
Consumers can expect to see whole barley and dry milled barley products such as flakes, grits, flour, meal, and barley meal bearing the health claim. An example of the health claim that may be used is:
"Promoting health by helping people get better nutrition information about the foods they eat is among FDA's top priorities, because the choices that Americans make about their diet have a great impact on their well-being," said FDA Deputy Commissioner for Medical and Scientific Affairs Scott Gottlieb, MD. "The FDA review process for making health claims, when combined with our strong enforcement work, rewards companies that make healthier products while we enforce the law against companies that appeal to consumers through false and misleading health claims."
FDA is authorizing food manufacturers to immediately use the health claim for barley and the reduced risk of coronary heart disease through the issuance of an interim final rule. To qualify for the health claim, the barley-containing foods must provide at least 0.75 grams of soluble fiber per serving of the food.
FDA will accept public comments on the interim final rule, published in the Federal Register, for 75 days. Comments may be submitted to Docket No. 2004P-0512, by any of the following methods: