Fsanz mulls delaying new fibre claims implementation by a year

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Fsanz mulls delaying new fibre claims implementation by a year

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Food Standards Australia New Zealand has called for submissions on an application that has sought to delay the start date of new nutrition claims requirements concerning dietary fibre.

Fsanz chief executive Steve McCutcheon said the antipodean food regulator had assessed an application from the Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) seeking to extend the transition date for the requirements by one year to January 2017.

The requirements are part of a health claims standard that has a three-year transition period finishing on January 18, 2016.

The AFGC has been seeking an extension of the transition period to allow for implementation work deferred by manufacturers while the review was undertaken.   

All Fsanz decisions on standards are notified to ministers responsible for food regulation. The ministers can decide to adopt, amend or reject standards, or they can ask for a review.

The closing date for submissions is May 4, 2015.

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