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The Food and Drug Administration has added eight more ﬁber
inulin-type fructans derived from chicory root as dietary ﬁber
sources to the dietary ﬁber regulatory list, allowing additional
for the new nutrition facts label. The recognition consolidates
approved options as bakers and other food manufacturers
the ﬁber status of chicory root ﬁber in the US and supports
move forward with Nutrition Facts Panel revisions to meet
further opportunities for healthy food applications in the US.
the Jan. 1, 2020 compliance deadline. The FDA has responded
to the American Bakers Association on its citizen petition re-
"Inulin/oligofructose has been clearly shown to support physi-
quest speciﬁc to the dietary ﬁber deﬁnition.
ological health beneﬁts as assessed by the FDA's strict criteria,"
says Carl Volz, president, Sensus America. "The FDA's inclusion
"ABA appreciates all of the efforts the agency has put forth to
of chicory root ﬁber as a dietary ﬁber in its new food labeling
ﬁnalize decisions on ﬁber sources under the new deﬁnition," says
regulations allows our customers to continue marketing their
Lee Sanders, ABA senior vice president, government relations and
products as sources of dietary ﬁber and to continue to use
public affairs. "Bakers and other food manufacturers can now be-
chicory root ﬁber as a tool to reduce calories and added sugar."
gin to move forward with labeling updates as part of the Nutrition
Facts Label (NFL) revisions ﬁnal rule compliance efforts."
Among the group of ﬁbers on the newly recognized list of
dietary ﬁber sources, oat ﬁber offers another opportunity to
The FDA responded to many of the citizen petitions requesting
formulate for clean labels. Grain Millers utilizes a proprietary,
that certain isolated and synthetic non-digestible carbohydrates
chemical-free technique for all of its oat ﬁber ingredients,
(NDCs) be added to the regulatory deﬁnition of "dietary ﬁber."
including the market's ﬁrst chemical-free and organically certiﬁed oat ﬁber.
Additionally, the agency issued a guidance (along with supporting scientiﬁc evidence review) to identify eight isolated
Through its proprietary process, Grain Millers offers oat ﬁber
or synthetic NDCs that FDA intends to add to the regulatory
with a variety of functional characteristics, suitable for applica-
deﬁnition of "dietary ﬁber" through rulemaking.
tions from beverages to bars, snacks, pasta, cereals, and meat
products, including gluten-free, non-GMO, and organic products.
it intends to add: mixed plant cell wall ﬁbers; arabinoxylan;
"In today's era of demand for transparency and traceability, our
alginate, inulin and inulin-type fructans; high amylose starch
oat ﬁber has always checked all the boxes for discerning con-
(resistant starch 2); galactooligosaccharide; polydextrose; and
sumers," says Chris Kongsore, executive vice president of Grain
Millers. "The recent change in FDA regulations further strengthens our position as a market leader in the supply of organic,
Further, the new guidance expresses FDA's intent to exercise
chemical-free, clean label dietary oat ﬁber."
enforcement discretion for the new eight recognized ﬁbers
when calculating dietary ﬁber on the Nutrition and Supplement
In food formulation, oat ﬁber's functional properties include
improved product texture and integrity, as well as enhanced
crumb softness in baked goods, according to Grain Millers. Oat
Sensus, manufacturer of Frutaﬁt and Frutalose chicory root
ﬁber is cost-effective, possesses a bland natural ﬂavor with no
ﬁbers, welcomes the announcement that the FDA recognizes
off-odors, and is available in bags, totes, and bulk shipments.
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Speciﬁcally, FDA named eight non-digestible carbohydrates