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June 2, 1934

Committee on Foods

JAMA. 1934;102(22):1850-1851. doi:10.1001/jama.1934.02750220028011

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VITAMIN CLAIMS IN FOOD ADVERTISING  Indefinite or general vitamin claims are vague, noninformative and misleading and do not permit a distinction between foods as sources of the respective vitamins. Vitamin claims shall stipulate the specific vitamin or vitamins present. Vitamins present in a food in insufficient quantity to contribute in any significant manner to the respective vitamin values of the diet do not warrant mention. It is desirable that warranted vitamin claims be expressed in appropriate terms indicative of the relative potency of the food as a source of the vitamins in the dietary schedule. Foods may be considered relatively as fair, good and excellent or rich sources of vitamins. Statements of vitamin unitage in numerical quantities per gram (and per ounce if desired), where established, are to be encouraged on container labels and in advertising. The type of unit used should be specified. These statements shall be so expressed

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