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An Appetite for Modernizing the Regulatory Framework for Protein Content Claims in Canada.

An Appetite for Modernizing the Regulatory Framework for Protein Content Claims in Canada.
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Marinangeli CPF, Foisy S, Shoveller AK, Porter C, Musa-Veloso K, Sievenpiper JL, Jenkins DJA,


Marinangeli CPF, Foisy S, Shoveller AK, Porter C, Musa-Veloso K, Sievenpiper JL, Jenkins DJA, (click to view)

Marinangeli CPF, Foisy S, Shoveller AK, Porter C, Musa-Veloso K, Sievenpiper JL, Jenkins DJA,

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Nutrients 2017 08 239(9) pii E921
Abstract

The need for protein-rich plant-based foods continues as dietary guidelines emphasize their contribution to healthy dietary patterns that prevent chronic disease and promote environmental sustainability. However, the Canadian Food and Drug Regulations provide a regulatory framework that can prevent Canadian consumers from identifying protein-rich plant-based foods. In Canada, protein nutrient content claims are based on the protein efficiency ratio (PER) and protein rating method, which is based on a rat growth bioassay. PERs are not additive, and the protein rating of a food is underpinned by its Reasonable Daily Intake. The restrictive nature of Canada’s requirements for supporting protein claims therefore presents challenges for Canadian consumers to adapt to a rapidly changing food environment. This commentary will present two options for modernizing the regulatory framework for protein content claims in Canada. The first and preferred option advocates that protein quality not be considered in the determination of the eligibility of a food for protein content claims. The second and less preferred option, an interim solution, is a framework for adopting the protein digestibility corrected amino acid score as the official method for supporting protein content and quality claims and harmonizes Canada’s regulatory framework with that of the USA.

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