We have submitted a joint citizen petition to urge the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to include chicory root fiber in its new ‘dietary fiber’ label in foods.
Click here for the Sensus FDA Regulatory update on Citizen’s Petition process
In 2016 the FDA published changes to the US Nutrition Facts labeling regulations that apply right across the food and supplement sectors. New rules, which will take effect as from July 2018, include a new definition for dietary fiber as naturally occurring fibers that are intrinsic and intact in plants, or as isolated or synthetic fibers that have demonstrated a beneficial physiological effect.
Until now, FDA has evaluated certain ingredients and awarded dietary fiber status to just a few, but chicory root fiber is still under review. The citizen’s petition submitted by Sensus requests the addition of chicory root fiber to the list of dietary fiber accepted in the US on the basis of a wealth of data showing the beneficial physiological effects of this naturally-sourced ingredient.
In Europe, scientific evidence jointly submitted to the EU’s European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) by Sensus and other chicory root fiber manufacturers prompted approval of an EU health claim for chicory root fiber in July 2016. The citizen petition to the FDA aims to support the authority in its mammoth task of assessing the dietary fiber status of a wider range of ingredients, speed the process of classification, and help manufacturers who use, or would like to use chicory root fiber in their food and beverage products.