FDA Moves to Revoke Soy Health Claim
Friday, January 19, 2018
The US Food and Drug Administration called into question Monday the authorized health claim that soy protein reduces heart disease risk.
"We are proposing a rule to revoke a health claim for soy protein and heart disease," said a statement from Susan Mayne, director of the FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. "For the first time, we have considered it necessary to propose a rule to revoke a health claim because numerous studies published since the claim was authorized in 1999 have presented inconsistent findings on the relationship between soy protein and heart disease."
"Bottom line: the FDA decision does not condemn soy protein as a harmful ingredient when consumed within a healthy eating pattern," she wrote. "It simply acknowledges the scientific evidence indicating no special benefit independently as an agent to reduce risk of CVD," or cardiovascular disease.
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