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Appendix B: FDA Regulatory Requirements for Nutrient Content Claims
Pages 101-104

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From page 101...
... • "__% Fat Free" may be used if food meets the requirements for "low fat" and the % declared is in same type size as "fat free." • 100% Fat Free: Food must be "fat free" and contain less than 0.5 g fat per 100 g. Saturated fat • Less than 0.5 g saturated fat and less than 0.5 g trans fatty acids per RACC and per labeled serving (or, for meals and main dishes, less than 0.5 g saturated fat and less than 0.5 g trans fatty acids per labeled serving)
From page 102...
... • Cholesterol claims only allowed when food contains 2 g or less saturated fat per RACC, or, for meals and main dishes, per 100 g. • Must declare the amount of total fat next to claim when fat exceeds 13 g per RACC and per labeled serving (or per 50 g if RACC is small)
From page 103...
... • Meals or main dishes must meet the definition for "low calorie" or "low fat" meal and be labeled to indicate which definition is met. • "Light in sodium": sodium is reduced by at least 50% per RACC and, except for meals and main dishes, the reference food may not meet the definition of "low in sodium." For meals and main dishes, "light in sodium" must meet definition for "low in sodium." • "Lightly salted": 50% less sodium than normally added to reference food and if food does not meet definition for "low sodium," it must state that on the information panel, i.e., "not a low sodium food." • The reference food must be representative of the type of food bearing the claim (e.g., average value of top three brands or representative value from valid data base)
From page 104...
... . The disclosure statement is required on meal products that exceed 26 g total fat, 8 g saturated fat, 120 mg cholesterol, or 960 mg sodium, and on main dish products that exceed 19.5 g total fat, 6 g saturated fat, 90 mg cholesterol, or 720 mg sodium per labeled serving.

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