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Health Canada OKs Use Of Plant Sterols In Some Food Categories

June 16, 2010: 11:15 AM EST
Health Canada has given the green light for food manufacturers in Canada to add approved levels of Archer Daniels Midland Company’s CardioAid® plant sterols to a range of food and beverage products, including mayonnaise, spreads, dressings, yogurt and juices. Evidence indicates that plant sterols, or phytosterols, can help stop cholesterol being absorbed by the body. The Heart and Stroke Foundation estimates that some 40 percent of adults in Canada have high cholesterol. ADM launched CardioAid in the 1990s and it’s now available as a powder and in a water-dispersible form. Health Canada’s approval follows permission from China’s Ministry of Health to use CardioAid plant sterols there, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has indicated that it does not object to CardioAid being used in 19 food categories. Health Canada also provided guidance for health claims relating to the use of plant sterols to lower cholesterol.
ADM, "Health Canada Clears The Way For The Use Of Plant Sterols", ADM website, June 16, 2010, © ADM
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