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Soluble fiber QHC expanded

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

Executive Summary

More foods rich in soluble fiber can tout their role in reducing the risk of coronary heart disease, according to a May 1 Federal Register notice. FDA expanded the use of the qualified health claim to "any whole oat product that was previously ineligible for the claim" because fat from the whole oat source pushed the food's total fat content past the "low fat" requirement for the claim, the notice says. FDA expanded the claim in response to a petition from PepsiCo's Quaker Oats Co. (1"The Tan Sheet" Feb. 12, 2007, In Brief). The expansion will not cover foods, such as oatmeal cookies, that include other fat sources...

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