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The use in food laws of 'Dietary Intake', 'Recommended Dietary Intake', other Reference Values and the role of the NHMRC

Published: 9 Nov 2009

By Joe Lederman and Charles Fisher
FoodLegal Lawyers and Consultants
© Lawmedia Pty Ltd, November 2009

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The Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code and other food laws make various references to numerical benchmarks in relation to the making of nutritional claims, such as vitamin and mineral claims. These benchmarks include ‘Recommended Dietary Intake’, ‘Daily Intake’ and other nutrient reference values such as ‘Upper Level’ and ‘Estimated Safe and Adequate Daily Dietary Intake’.  This article explores the differences between these reference values in the Food Standards Code, government nutritional guidelines and the proposed Health Claims Standard.

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