During the same time period, FDA released a final guidance document describing a process for evaluating and ranking the scientific evidence for a qualified health claim. The new system will categorize the quality and strength of evidence through an A, B, C, D grading system. The highest grade means that there is significant scientific agreement about the health claim. According to FDA, a current example of a “Grade A” is the claim relating calcium to reduced risk of osteoporosis.
At the beginning of July, the Harvard School of Public Health teamed up with an organization called TIAX to talk about the American diet. With FDA Commissioner McClellan as its keynote speaker, the forum’s challenge was to figure out how to make healthier diets more appealing to the American public. Over 100 industry representatives (including McDonald’s, Heinz, Campbell Soup Co., and Dole Food Co.), academia and government came to the following conclusions:
Also last month, Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky introduced a bill to protect the food industry from liability claims that food products are responsible for causing weight gain or obesity in consumers.
And they say July is a slow month? Not so for the food industry. All of these actions are a step in the right direction to keeping the food industry, as well as our nation, healthy.