Definition of Nutrient Content Claims Free Synonyms for Free by Armaggedon

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									                                              Definition of Nutrient Content Claims

Free                               Low                               Reduced/Less                       Comments
Synonyms for "Free": "Zero",       Synonyms for "Low": "Little",     Synonyms for "Reduced/Less":       For "Free", "Very Low", or "Low",
"No", "Without", "Trivial          ("Few" for Calories), "Contains   "Lower" ("Fewer" for Calories)     must indicate if food meets a
Source of", "Negligible Source     a Small Amount of", "Low                                             definition without benefit of special
of", "Dietarily Insignificant      Source of"                        "Modified" may be used in          processing, alteration, formulation or
Source of"                                                           statement of identity              reformulation; e.g., "broccoli, a fat-
                                                                                                        free food" or "celery, a low calorie
Definitions for "Free" for meals                                     Definitions for meals and main     food"
and main dishes are the stated                                       dishes are same as for
values per labeled serving                                           individual foods on a per 100 g
                                                                     basis


Calories
Free                               Low                               Reduced/Less                       Comments
Less than 5 cal per reference      40 cal or less per reference      At least 25% fewer calories per    "Light" or "Lite": if 50% or more of
amount and per labeled serving     amount (and per 50 g if           reference amount than an           the calories are from fat, fat must be
                                   reference amount is small)        appropriate reference food         reduced by at least 50% per reference
Not defined for meals or main                                                                           amount. If less than 50% of calories
dishes                             Meals and main dishes: 120 cal    Reference food may not be          are from fat, fat must be reduced at
                                   or less per 100 g                 "Low Calorie"                      least 50% or calories reduced at least
                                                                                                        1/3 per reference amount
                                                                     Uses term "Fewer" rather than
                                                                     "Less"                             "Light" or "Lite" meal or main dish
                                                                                                        product meets definition for "Low
                                                                                                        Calorie" or "Low Fat" meal and is
                                                                                                        labeled to indicate which definition is
                                                                                                        met




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Total Fat
Free                             Low                             Reduced/Less                       Comments
Less than 0.5 g per reference    3 g or less per reference       At least 25% less fat per          "__% Fat Free": OK if meets the
amount and per labeled serving   amount (and per 50 g if         reference amount than an           requirements for "Low Fat"
(or for meals and main dishes,   reference amount is small)      appropriate reference food
less than 0.5 g per labeled                                                                         100% Fat Free: food must be "Fat
serving)                         Meals and main dishes: 3 g or   Reference food may not be          Free"
                                 less per 100 g and not more     "Low Fat"
No ingredient that is fat or     than 30% of calories from fat                                      "Light"--see above
understood to contain fat,
except noted below. (*)


Saturated Fat
Free                             Low                             Reduced/Less                       Comments
Less than 0.5 g per reference    3 g or less per reference       At least 25% less fat per          "__% Fat Free": OK if meets the
amount and per labeled serving   amount (and per 50 g if         reference amount than an           requirements for "Low Fat"
(or for meals and main dishes,   reference amount is small)      appropriate reference food
less than 0.5 g per labeled                                                                         100% Fat Free: food must be "Fat
serving)                         Meals and main dishes: 3 g or   Reference food may not be          Free"
                                 less per 100 g and not more     "Low Fat"
No ingredient that is fat or     than 30% of calories from fat                                      "Light"--see above
understood to contain fat,
except noted below. (*)




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Cholesterol
Free                              Low                                Reduced/Less                       Comments
Less than 2 mg per reference      20 mg or less per reference        At least 25% less cholesterol      Cholesterol claims only allowed when
amount and per labeled serving    amount (and per 50 g of food if    per reference amount than an       food contains 2 g or less saturated fat
(or for meals and main dishes,    reference amount is small)         appropriate reference food         per reference amount; or for meals
less than 2 mg per labeled                                                                              and main dish products--per labeled
serving)                          If qualifies by special            Reference food may not be          serving size for "Free" claims or per
                                  processing and total fat exceeds   "Low Cholesterol"                  100 g for "Low" and "Reduced/Less"
No ingredient that contains       13 g per reference and labeled                                        claims
cholesterol except as noted       serving, the amount of
below(*)                          cholesterol must be                                                   Must declare the amount of total fat
                                  "Substantially Less" (25%)                                            next to cholesterol claim when fat
If less than 2 mg per reference   than in a reference food with                                         exceeds 13 g per reference amount
amount by special processing      significant market share (5% of                                       and labeled serving (or per 50 g of
and total fat exceeds 13 g per    market)                                                               food if reference amount is small), or
reference amount and labeled                                                                            when the fat exceeds 19.5 g per
serving, the amount of            Meals and main dishes: 20 mg                                          labeled serving for main dishes or 26
cholesterol must be               or less per 100 g                                                     g for meal products
"Substantially Less" (25%)
than in a reference food.


Sodium
Free                              Low                                Reduced/Less                       Comments
Less than 5 mg per reference      140 mg or less per reference       At least 25% less sodium per       "Light" (for sodium reduced
amount and per labeled serving    amount (and per 50 g if            reference amount than an           products): if food is "Low Calorie"
(or for meals and main dishes,    reference amount is small)         appropriate reference food         and "Low Fat" and sodium is reduced
less than 5 mg per labeled                                                                              by at least 50%
serving                           Meals and main dishes: 140 mg      Reference food may not be
                                  or less per 100g                   "Low Sodium"                       "Light in Sodium": if sodium is
No ingredient that is sodium                                                                            reduced by at least 50% per reference
chloride or generally                                                                                   amount. Entire term "Light in
understood to contain sodium                                                                            Sodium" must be used in same type,
except as noted below(*)                                                                                size, color & prominence. Light in
                                                                                                        Sodium for meals = "Low in Sodium"
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Sugar
Free                                Low                                 Reduced/Less                         Comments
"Sugar Free": Less than 0.5 g       Not Defined. No basis for           At least 25% less sugars per         "No Added Sugars" and "Without
sugars per reference amount         recommended intake                  reference amount than an             Added Sugars" are allowed if no
and per labeled serving (or for                                         appropriate reference food           sugar or sugar containing ingredient is
meals and main dishes, less                                                                                  added during processing. State if food
than 0.5 g per labeled serving)                                         May not use this claim on            is not "Low" or "Reduced Calorie"
                                                                        dietary supplements of vitamins
No ingredient that is a sugar or                                        and minerals                    The terms "Unsweetened" and "No
generally understood to contain                                                                         Added Sweeteners" remain as factual
sugars except as noted below(*)                                                                         statements

Disclose calorie profile (e.g.,                                                                              Claims about reducing dental caries
"Low Calorie")                                                                                               are implied health claims

                                                                                                             Does not include sugar alcohols


Notes: * Except if the ingredient listed in the ingredient statement has an asterisk that refers to footnote (e.g., "* adds a trivial amount of fat").

    •   "Reference Amount" = reference amount customarily consumed.
    •   "Small Reference Amount" = reference amount of 30 g or less or 2 tablespoons or less (for dehydrated foods that are typically
        consumed when rehydrated with water or a diluent containing an insignificant amount, as defined in 21 CFR 101.9(f)(1), of all
        nutrients per reference amount, the per 50 g criterion refers to the prepared form of the food).




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                                                                                                                             Get the Facts: Nutrition Facts!
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