In response to petition on behalf of Ocean Spray Cranberries

FDA announces 'qualified health claim' for some cranberry products

The US Food and Drug Administration has responded to a petition submitted on behalf of Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc. which requested authorisation of a health claim regarding the relationship between the consumption of cranberry products and the reduced risk of recurrent UTI in healthy women.

A health claim characterises the relationship between a substance and a disease or health-related condition.   

After reviewing the petition and other evidence related to the proposed health claim, the FDA determined that the scientific evidence supporting the claim did not meet the “significant scientific agreement” standard required for an authorised health claim, and the petitioner agreed to have the petition evaluated as a qualified health claim petition.    

For the specifics of the decision, please click here.


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