FDA confirms dietary fiber status of inulin

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recognizes inulin-type fructans derived from chicory root as dietary fiber for the new nutrition facts label. The recognition consolidates the fiber status of chicory root fiber in the US and supports further opportunities for healthy food applications in the US.

The announcement follows a joint citizen petition requesting the addition of chicory root fiber to the list of dietary fibers accepted in the US as well as a comprehensive response to the FDAs scientific review of inulin-type-fructans and data request. In 2015, the FDA issued new Nutrition Facts labeling regulations for food and supplements to be implemented by January 1st, 2020. In the new regulation, dietary fibers are defined as naturally occurring fibers that are intrinsic and intact in plants, or as isolated or synthetic fibers that have demonstrated a beneficial physiological effect.

Carl Volz, President Sensus America, states: “inulin/oligofructose has been clearly shown to support physiological health benefits as assessed by the FDA’s strict criteria”. He adds: “The FDA’s inclusion of chicory root fiber as a dietary fiber in its new food labeling regulations allows our customers to continue marketing their products as sources of dietary fiber and to continue to use chicory root fiber as a tool to reduce calories and added sugar.”

CHIC project aims to develop chicory varieties that can be used to produce dietary fiber with enhanced prebiotic effects to promote gut health.

Source: http://www.inspiredbyinulin.com/news.html#249



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Food 2030 Conference: Research & Innovation for Food and Nutrition Security – Transforming our food systems.

CHIC project will be at Food 2030 Conference, June 14-15 in Plovdiv (Bulgaria).

During this event the European Commission will present an update of the FOOD 2030 process and vision towards shaping tomorrow’s food and nutrition systems. The event will aim at answering how the drivers of sustainability, resilience, responsibility, diversity, competitiveness and inclusiveness, can deliver on the FOOD 2030 priorities and Sustainable Development Goals.

Live streaming

The event will be streamed live: Conference Day 1 will begin at 09:00 and will end at 18:00 (local time, UTC +3) on 14 June 2018. Conference Day 2 will start at 08:30 and will end at 13:00 (local time, UTC +3) on 15 June 2018:


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3rd International Society of Plant Molecular Farming Conference (ISPMF)

The 3rd International Society of Plant Molecular Farming Conference (ISPMF) took place in Helsinki, Finland, from June 11-13, hosted by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland.

150 experts from 22 countries discussing new solutions for global challenges. Dirk Bosch from Wageningen University & Research, introduced CHIC project.

Main photo: Empiresali by Timo Kauppila.

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