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Vitamin D Proposal.—
The Food and Drug Administration proposed to reduce the amount of vitamin D that may be added to food products. Purpose of the proposal is to prevent possible injury to infants.FDA Commissioner George P. Larrick said that Robert Cooke, MD, of Johns Hopkins University had expressed concern last November that the ingestion of excessive amounts of vitamin D was a possible cause of infantile hypercalcemia.On the basis of Dr. Cooke's views, the commissioner invited the Committee on Nutrition of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a joint committee of the Council on Foods and Nutrition and the Council on Drugs of the American Medical Association to look into this problem.Both committees recommended that, while there has been no positive demonstration of a cause-and-effect relationship of vitamin D to this disease, there should be restrictions on the marketing of foods containing added vitamin D.The
WASHINGTON NEWS. JAMA. 1965;193(11):21-23. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090110135064