10/10/2016 07h58 - Updated 10/10/2016 07h58

Anvisa receives suggestions to the proposal requires information on lactose label

Lactose is a sugar found in milk and many people can not digest.
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The National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa) receive until 11 November suggestions to the proposal regulates the obligatory statement about the presence of lactose in food labels. The objective of the measure is to warn people who have diet that restricts the substance.

Lactose is a sugar found in milk and many people can not digest.

In July it was published the Law 13.305, requiring food manufacturers to indicate on the label the presence of lactose in the products. The suggestions should contribute to two different proposals for regulations of the law.

One proposal Anvisa provides for the compulsory declaration of lactose on food labels, including beverages and other ingredients. These products must bear the words "Contains lactose" immediately after or below the list of ingredients with legibly.

The other proposal, the regulator intends to establish that food classified "Exempt lactose" are those containing amount of equal to or less lactose 10 milligrams 100 grams or milliliters of the food ready for consumption. These must bear the statement "lactose-free", “zero lactose”, “0% lactose”, "Lactose-free" or "does not contain lactose", next to the food sales description.

Already classified as "low lactose content" are those with the content of reduced sugar to an amount equal to or less than one gram per 100 grams or milliliters of the food ready for consumption. These foods should bring "low lactose content" statement or "low lactose", next to the food sales description.

Contributions should be made by the Anvisa site.

Source: Agency Brazil

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