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E.U. Bans Food Claim “Suitable For Diabetics”

July 20, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
New regulations from the European Union prohibit food manufacturers from labeling products as “diabetic” or “suitable for diabetics.” The U.K. is still under the jurisdiction of the E.U. until it leaves (due to the Brexit vote), at which time the country will need to decide which laws and regulations it will keep. Diabetes U.K. welcomed theban, noting that the labels incorrectly suggested a health benefit for diabetics, though many contain polyols and are not lower in fats or calories than standard products. The organization advises diabetics to check ingredient labels for polyol sweeteners such as sorbitol, maltitol, xylitol, isomalt and mannitol, even if the foods are no longer labeled “suitable for diabetics.” Such products are higher in calories, more expensive, and can act as laxatives.
"‘Suitable For Diabetics’ Labels Off The Shelves From Today", News release, Diabetes UK, July 20, 2016, © Diabetes UK
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