FDA excludes allulose from sugars and added sugars listing

Tate & Lyle has announced that its rare sugar, Dolcia Prima allulose, should not be included in the “Sugars” and “Added Sugars” lines of the Nutrition Facts panel.

The FDA’s draft guidance is the result of a comprehensive nutrition-based review in response to Tate & Lyle’s citizen’s petition. Previously, allulose was required to be included in the ‘Sugars’ and ‘Added Sugars’ lines of the Nutrition Facts Panel, even though Tate & Lyle says it is virtually calorie free.

From now on it will continue to be included in the carbohydrate line of the Nutrition Facts Panel and labelled as Allulose in the ingredients list.

According to Tate & Lyle, allulose is a low-calorie sweetening ingredient, one of many rare sugars that exist in nature in very small quantities. Originally identified in wheat, it has since been found in certain fruits including figs and raisins.

The FDA’s decision will clear the way for food and beverage manufacturers in the US to incorporate allulose in consumer end-products. Tate & Lyle adds the ingredient can also be positioned as offering a potential health benefit if labelled in a clear and appropriate way.

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