Cosucra petitions FDA

14 Sep 2016

Cosucra, who manufacture chicory root fibre (inulin and oligofructose) says it has submitted a joint Citizen Petition to the FDA to try to insure that chiory root is among those granted dietary fibre status.

Cosucra petitions FDA

Cosucra notes that the FDA recently published two labelling regulations that will affect almost every product category in the food and supplement sectors. The rule includes a new definition for dietary fibre, which defines dietary fibre as either naturally occurring fibres that are intrinsic and intact in plants, or as isolated or synthetic fibres that have demonstrated a beneficial physiological effect. So far, FDA was able to assess certain fibres and grant dietary fibre status to a few fibres – but, notes Cosucra, chicory root inulin is still under review.

Cosucra, who manufacture chicory root fibre (inulin and oligofructose) says it has submitted a joint Citizen Petition to the FDA. Cosucra inulin and oligofructose are distributed in the US and Canada by Cargill under the brand Oliggo-Fiber chicory root fiber (inulin) .

The Citizen Petition requests the addition of chicory inulin, encompassing all chicory inulin-type fructans, to be added to the list of dietary fibre accepted in the US. The rationale for this submission, Cosucra said, is to display the totality of pertinent data that convincingly shows the beneficial physiological effects of chicory root inulin.

Given what the company says is the wealth of data on chicory root inulin’s beneficial physiological effects, Cosucra says that it and other inulin producers are confident that the additional information supplied through the citizen’s petition will aid in the review and approval of inulin as a dietary fibre.