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The issue of "complex carbohydrates" clearly has not been settled. Many in aca- 'S

demia, professional societies, and the food industry continue to express interest g in including "complex carbohydrate" on the food label. In November 1994 the is

International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) sponsored a workshop to evaluate the t?

scientific issues associated with complex carbohydrates and, in light of these ^

issues, address the rationale for adding complex carbohydrates to the nutrition label. (14) This workshop concluded that "it is clear that this is not a simple task. Classifications cannot be made simply for chemical or analytical expediency if they do not express physiological significance." As a follow-up to the ILSI Conference the AOAC (Association of Official Analytical Chemists) International sponsored a Workshop in September 1995 with a goal of reaching a consensus on the definition of complex carbohydrates to support food labeling and dietary guidelines, to discuss state-of-the-art techniques in analytical methods, and to set

Scarbrough the direction for future improvement in analytical methods. (15) Growing out of this workshop, the AOAC International has launched a collaborative study of a promising analytical methodology and in which the FDA is participating as a collaborator.

Building on the firm scientific basis that will be provided by these above efforts, the FDA will then be able to move to a regulatory position that will allow complex carbohydrate content to be declared on the nutrition label, thus bringing about greater correspondence between the nutrition label and dietary guidance.

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