The following is a media release from Food Standards Australia New Zealand and is included here with permission.
Call for comment on a new way to measure fibre content in food
Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is calling for comment on an application to permit a new method of analysis for total dietary fibre in food and food ingredients.
The Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code (the Code) currently allows three methods for analysing total dietary fibre.
FSANZ CEO Mark Booth said if approved, the new method – AOAC 2017.16 – would be permitted as an additional method of analysis for total dietary fibre.
“Our assessment indicates the new method is more comprehensive than older methods in the Code for measuring total dietary fibre.
“This method has been found to be a suitable regulatory method for manufacturers seeking to analyse foods, in particular those that contain multiple fibre types.
“Use of the new method by manufacturers would be voluntary,” Mr Booth said.
To have your say, see our call for comment page. Submissions close at 6pm (Canberra time) 22 June 2021.
What happens with my feedback?
Submissions will be published to our website as soon as possible after the end of the public comment period.
FSANZ will consider all feedback received through this submission process before making a decision on whether to approve the application.
FSANZ’s decision will be notified to ministers responsible for food regulation who can ask for a review or agree that the standard should become law.
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