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FOOD INDUSTRY COMMENTS ON FDA FOLIC ACID PROPOSAL

 WASHINGTON, Oct. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The food industry responded today to a proposal by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to authorize the use of a health claim on labels of food products and dietary supplements about the relationship between folic acid and the risk of neural tube birth defects.
 "Nutrients in foods -- both natural and those added through enrichment -- are the keys to good health and prevention of illness," said Timothy Willard, a spokesman for the National Food Processors Association (NFPA). "The food industry believes consumers should have access to both good nutrition and good nutrition information," Willard added.
 NFPA said it has long supported allowing responsible, scientifically based health claims on food labels. "This is helpful information that benefits consumers," said Willard.
 NFPA said the industry will need to study the FDA's proposed regulations in detail once they are published in the Oct. 14 Federal Register. "Once the proposals are issued, food companies will need to evaluate their impact on operations and products," Willard said.
 "NFPA is particularly gratified that FDA will propose to allow use of responsible health claims for both conventional foods and dietary supplements. The food industry believes that both food products and dietary supplements should be held to the same rigorous requirements for health claims. There is no scientific basis for considering dietary supplements as any different from conventional foods," Willard added.
 NFPA is the scientific voice of the food industry, focusing exclusively on food issues. The association's three laboratories serve NFPA's 500 member companies, manufacturers of the nation's processed- packaged fruits and vegetables, meat and poultry, seafood, juices and drinks and specialty products.
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 /CONTACT: Timothy Willard of the National Food Processors Association, 202-637-8060 or 703-824-9143/


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