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Plant sterols down under

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An amendment adopted by the Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) expands the range of foods that can be fortified with plant sterols, according to a Nov. 10 announcement by the agency. FSANZ previously allowed for sterol inclusion only in margarines, but will now allow their use in breakfast cereals, low-fat milks and yogurts. The agency "carried out an extensive safety assessment" before adopting the amendment, which also requires that plant sterol products carry advisory statements. Labeling will advise that sterol-containing foods be consumed as part of healthy diet and are not suitable for children under the age of five or lactating women, a release states. FSANZ also announces that it will permit the manufacture of water-based beverages with added vitamins and minerals in Australia. Such products are already sold in Australia, but the agency previously required that they be made in New Zealand...

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