Magazine article Nutrition Health Review

New Guidelines for Vitamin-Mineral Supplements Threaten Public Health

Magazine article Nutrition Health Review

New Guidelines for Vitamin-Mineral Supplements Threaten Public Health

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Over a year ago, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed to establish a new label reference standard for vitamins and minerals, to be called the RDI (Reference Daily Intake). Despite many comments opposing the RDI, FDA is expected to repropose this concept as part of its mandatory nutrition labeling regulations.

The RDI is lower than the U.S. RDA, for most nutrients. (The U.S. RDA is the current labeling standard for vitamins and minerals.) The accompanying chart depicts the amount of the decrease for 10 vitamins and four minerals.

In comments to FDA, Dr. Jean Mayer of Tufts University called the RDI concept "an extraordinarily bad idea." Numerous other nutrition and medical professionals also strongly opposed the RDI. Attached are excerpts of critics' comments to FDA.

"The shift to the RDI lacks sufficient scientific rationale and represents a detrimental step backward in nutrition education," according to J.B. Cordaro, President of the Council for Repsonsible Nutrition. …

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