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ingredients and having severe intestinal problems [that] olestra was in
the ingredients,” she wrote on CSPI’s web- based complaint form. “My
reaction was severely unpleasant.”
In August 2003 the FDA dropped its requirement for a warning label on
packages of olestra - containing chips. The label had read, “This product
contains Olestra. Olestra may cause abdominal cramping and loose
stools. Olestra inhibits the absorption of some vitamins and other
nutrients. Vitamins A, D, E and K have been added.” In May of this year,
the FDA approved olestra for use in microwave popcorn, though no
popcorn makers have begun using it.
“I threw away all my WOW! products,” wrote one 42 - year - old woman
from Dearborn, MI. “The pain was extreme.” FDA Talk Paper
T03 - 59
August 1, 2003 Health Canada Rejects Olestra as a Food Additive Media Inquiries: 301 - 436 - 2335
Consumer Inquiries: 888 - INFO - FDA FDA Changes Labeling Requirement for Olestra
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced a change in the labeling requirement
for olestra - - the zero calorie fat substitute developed by Procter & Gamble Co. (P&G) for use in
certain snack foods - - because FDA has concluded the label statement is no longer warranted.
As a result of this decision, manufacturers will not be required to display the 1996 label statement
on products containing olestra. However, FDA will require manufacturers to continue adding
Vitamins A, D, E, and K to such products. Consumers will now see an asterisk after each of these
added fat - soluble vitamins listed in the ingredient statement of products containing olestra. The
asterisk will reference the statement, "Dietarily insignificant."
FDA approved olestra in 1996 for use in savory snacks like potato chips, cheese puffs, and
crackers. As part of that approval, FDA required manufacturers to add vitamins A, D, E, and K to
olestra - containing foods to compensate for olestra’s effects on these fat - soluble vitamins. For Immediate
June 22, 2000
(613)565 - 2140 Also, as part of that approval, FDA required manufacturers to place a label statement on all
products made with olestra informing consumers that olestra may cause abdominal cramping and
loose stools in some individuals, that it inhibits the body’s absorption of vitamins A, D, E, and K
and other nutrients, and that these vitamins have been added to compensate for olestra’s effects
on these nutrients. OTTWA, CANADA - Health Canada has rejected olestra, the
indigestible fat substitute made by Procter and Gamble, for
use as a food additive in Canada. According to a letter sent
June 8 by Marc Le Maguer, the Director General of the Food
Directorate, "Health Canada has completed its review of
Olestra and has decided not to recommend that Olestra be
permitted for use as a food additive in Canada."
"We're pleased that Health Canada has decided to protect
Canadians from olestra -containing products,"...
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