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Oatrim health claim

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

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Soluble fiber/coronary heart disease health claim expanded to include oatrim as an eligible source of whole oat beta-glucan soluble fiber, FDA says in 1interim final rule published Oct. 2. Agency describes oatrim as "the soluble fraction of alpha-amylase hydrolyzed oat bran or whole oat flour with a beta-glucan soluble fiber content of up to 10% on a dry weight basis (dwb) and not less than that of the starting material (dwb)." Action comes in response to citizen petition by joint venture Quaker/Rhodia to expand health claim to include Betatrim, the brand name for a group of beta-glucan-containing food ingredients (2"The Tan Sheet" July 30, 2001, In Brief). However, agency declines to limit health claim to only Betatrim products; instead it will be available "to any substances that meet FDA's definition of oatrim"...

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