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In Brief: Mead Johnson

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

Executive Summary

Mead Johnson: Submits citizen petition asking FDA to remove chloride from the list of nutrients with Reference Daily Intakes (RDIs) and instead establish a chloride Daily Reference Value (DRV). Maintaining an RDI for chloride "but DRVs for the other electrolytes (sodium and potassium) will create a label problem" for meal replacement products and medical foods that provide all three, the company argues. Mead Johnson used labeling from its Sustacal liquid nutrition for institutional use and Isocal liquid tube feeding formula to illustrate the point. FDA set an RDI of 3,400 mg for chloride in December ("The Tan Sheet" Jan. 1, p. 22)...

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