New FDA Ruling Allows Oat Fiber for Dietary Fiber Label Claims
June 20, 2018
A new FDA ruling issued last Thursday confirms oat fiber on the list of ingredients now recognized as a “dietary fiber” (under 21 CFR 101.9(c)(6)(i)) within the “mixed plant cell wall fibers” category. Therefore, oat fiber from Grain Millers now qualifies as an official dietary fiber for Nutrition Facts and Supplement Facts labels. This allows manufacturers to use oat fiber as a dietary fiber source.
Among the group of fibers on the newly recognized list of dietary fiber sources, Grain Millers’ oat fiber offers the best opportunity to formulate for clean labels. Grain Millers utilizes a proprietary, chemical-free, environmentally sound processing technique for all of its oat fiber ingredients, including the market’s first chemical-free and organically certified oat fiber.
Through its proprietary process, Grain Millers offers oat fiber with a variety of functional characteristics, suitable for applications from beverages to bars, snacks, pasta, cereals, and meat products, including gluten-free, Non-GMO, and organic products.
“Nothing added and nothing taken away” remains the motto for Grain Millers’ oat fiber, with the company continually monitoring the supply chain from field selection to milling. “In today’s era of demand for transparency and traceability, our oat fiber has always checked all the boxes for discerning consumers,” says Chris Kongsore, Executive Vice President of Grain Millers. “The recent change in FDA regulations further strengthens our position as a market leader in the supply of organic, chemical-free, clean label dietary oat fiber.”
In food formulation, oat fiber’s functional properties include improved product texture and integrity as well as enhanced crumb softness in baked goods, among others. Oat fiber is cost-effective, possesses a bland natural flavor with no off-odors, and is available in bags, totes, and bulk shipments.
“The functional and physiological benefits of oat fiber and the chemical-free process we use to produce it, make our fiber the preferred dietary fiber for use among formulators for all sorts of applications,” said Roberto Serrano, VP of Product Development for Grain Millers.