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Conversation with the FDA Commissioner

FoodFit founder and CEO Ellen Haas recently sat down with Food and Drug Administration Acting Commissioner Lester Crawford to talk about some of the hot issues that the agency is tackling, including carbohydrate standards and nutrition information in restaurants.

Dr. Crawford was one of FoodFit's original Advisory Board members and remains a fan. "FoodFit provides the most accessible, useable messages about food and health on the Internet," he says. "It integrates important information in the most coherent way."

FOODFIT:   Americans are obsessed with carbohydrates. What does the agency have in the pipeline to address this and help educate people?

LESTER
CRAWFORD:

 

We are working on definitions for "low carbohydrates," "reduced carbohydrates" and "carbohydrate-free" as well as providing guidance to consumers about the term "net" in relation to the carbohydrate content of food.

I would look for proposals for these new carbohydrates standards to be published perhaps this summer.
 

FOODFIT:   How are you working to get nutrition information into restaurants?

LESTER
CRAWFORD:

 

We are looking at voluntary information that is certified by a third party. Consultants who are skilled in reviewing the information provided by restaurants would report directly to us. The FDA would then bond, or vouch, for the certification on behalf of consumers. The final result might look something like the program Ruby Tuesday is currently using. We're working closely with the restaurant industry to make this happen.
 

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