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Calcium, vitamin D health claim draft guidance

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

Executive Summary

Health claims that calcium and vitamin D may reduce the risk of osteoporosis must clarify that adequate intake is essential to reduce osteoporosis risk. However, claims may not imply adequate intake is the only risk factor for developing osteoporosis, FDA says in a May 14 draft small entity compliance 1guidance. Beginning Jan. 1, 2010, food marketers may make health claims that calcium and vitamin D reduce the risk of osteoporosis if they comply with a final rule published in November 2008 (2"The Tan Sheet" Oct. 6, 2008, p. 16)

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