FDA Says 'Healthy'-Labeled Food Enforcement May Be Eased

Law360, New York (September 27, 2016, 5:29 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration may allow fattier foods to be described as "healthful" under new guidance released Tuesday.

The guidance on the use of the term "healthful" or its derivatives to label foods is an interim measure and is nonbinding. But the agency says it will use its "enforcement discretion" when it approaches violations of current regulations because science has evolved. The agency is simultaneously working on revamping its binding regulations.

One particular change that was called for by changes in dietary science was related to fat.

"Consensus science and public health recommendations for dietary fats … no longer...

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