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Old 10-15-2005, 04:02 PM   #1
Nikki Young
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This was posted by Troy Archie last month;

I’m wondering if anyone has come across or know what the regulations are for a food to be called something, specifically:
How much fiber does an item need to have to be allowed to use the phrase, “High in Fiber”
When can a product use the term “Natural”
What constitutes something to be “Organic”

I was in the grocery store the other day and looked at the fiber content of All Bran bars. They had only 3g of fiber per bar yet they are considered “High in Fiber”.

I thought i would bring it back on the board seeing as i have an answer :proud:

Well, an answer in terms of the Australian regulations..

In Australia, we do not mandate a minimum amount of fiber for a label claim of "high fiber". It basically just has to mention the fiber amount and type on the label. And there has to be a presence of fibre, so a brand can't say "high fibre" if there is 0g fibre. But they could say it if the product had 1g fibre.
See page 22 for more info.

The use of the word "organic" doesnt have a legal definition. The AustralianQuarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) has a list of organisations that certify organic foods. So to be sure that a food labelled 'organic' is actually 'organic' you will have to look at the certification information on the label. Document

And there is no legal definition for the use of the word "natural". Im guess anyone can put in on there prouct as a selling/marketing tool.
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Old 10-15-2005, 05:50 PM   #2
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In America, for a food to state "high 'something'" , the food must have atleast 20% of the recomended daily intake per serving. For a food to state that its high in fibre, it must have a minimum of 5g per serving. Also, a product can use the term 'good source of fiber' if the food contains 2.5-4.9g fiber per serve.

To use the term "organic" in the US has standards set in place by the USDA - US Department of Agriculture.

The USDA also has standards for using the term 'natural' which can only be used on products which have no artificial ingredients, colouring or chemical preservatives. And the product and its ingredients are no more than minimally processed.

For 'high fiber' to be used in Canada, the product has to contain more than 4g fiber per serve. Using the term "very high" or "fiber rich" can be used on foods with more than 6g fiber. And using the terms "promotes regularity" or "promotes laxation" can be used on foods with more than 7g fiber.

In Canada to use the term "Natural" on products. It must not contain added vitamins, added mineral nutrients, artificial flavouring or food additives. And it doesn't have any constituent or fraction removed or significantly changed, except the removal of water.

It also might be interesting to know "that some food additives, vitamins and mineral nutrients may be derived from natural sources. Some of these additives may be regarded as natural ingredients, in which case the acceptable claim would be that this food contains 'natural ingredients'". ~ Canadian food inspection agency.

To be able to use the term "organic" on foods in Canada, the foods must contain at least 95% organic ingredients and encompasses every aspect of organic agriculture from the point of seeding to the point of sale, including: (This info taken from

converting to organic agriculture;
creating production plans and records;
producing crops and livestock;
addressing requirements for maple products, honey, greenhouse crops, mushrooms, sprouted plants, etc.;
producing and processing organic products;
packaging, labelling, storing and distributing organic food products; and
preventing co-mingling with conventional crops (i.e., non-organic crops).

The term "organic" is not synonymous with terms such as "pesticide free" or "no pesticides". In fact, a number of "natural" pesticides are permitted for use in "organic" production.

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Old 10-16-2005, 03:00 PM   #3
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Thanks for posting that Nikki but couldn't find it on wikipedia and got lazy from there.

What I find troubling is how lax the regulations are on what is designated as a serving.
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