Vega's response to an FSA consultation on labelling of fibre and added nutrients
Vega's response to an FSA consultation on labelling of fibre and added nutrients:
The definition of fibre appears to be reasonable and concise. Consistency with other countries and standards in the long term is preferable as varying definitions can result in large differences in quantification of fibre. As fibre is generally regarded as a beneficial constituent of food, it would be appropriate for the definition to include all fibre considered to be of benefit nutritionally. In the short-term, it would be helpful for consumers and consumer groups if the different definition and measurement systems in use were explained.
Several of the vitamins and minerals used in food fortification and in supplements can have harmful effects if consumed in excess – for instance, vitamin A, folic acid and fluoride. More does not necessarily mean better, so warnings may need be attached to labels for fortified food and supplements pointing out that the recommended serving / dose should not be exceeded without medical supervision.