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FDA and Omega3 claims – chia is a high source of ALA

Posted on: November 7th, 2016 by wayne

In January of 2016 the FDA issued new guidance rules for what claims can be made for the omega3 nutrient content of foods.

Specifically claims for DHA and EPA are not allowed, with the FDA stating: “We are prohibiting the nutrient content claims for DHA and EPA set forth in the three notifications because they are not based on an authoritative statement that identifies a nutrient level to which the claims refer, as required by the FD&C Act.”

However they did allow nutrient content claims for ALA (the type of omega3 found in chia) with HIGH being allowed for ≥ 320 mg of ALA per RACC (≥ 20% of 1.6 g/day) and GOOD SOURCE for ≥ 160 mg of ALA per RACC (≥ 10% of 1.6 g/day) where RACC stands for: “reference amount customarily consumed”.

Thus one can easily say that according to FDA guidelines, chia has a HIGH content of omega3 per 15 gm serving, since it contains approximately 2900 gm of ALA which is almost 10 times the required amount.

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