FDA and Tomato Benefit Claims
January 1, 2006
Federal regulators cleared the way for food companies to cite certain cancer benefits by tomatoes in ads and on food labels. However, it excluded tomato-based dietary supplements. The FDA said the health claims for fresh, dried or canned tomatoes must be qualified because they are not completely proven, the Wall Street Journal reported. The qualified claims center on the role of lycopene, the antioxidant that gives tomatoes their red color. The agency allowed the qualified claims for only four types of cancer and required food companies to spell out the limits of the scientific evidence. —Prepared Foods' November 14, 2005 e-newsletter. Go to PreparedFoods.com's home page to register.