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December 20, 1941


JAMA. 1941;117(25):2170-2171. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820510058017

Mr. Paul V. McNutt, Administrator of the Federal Security Agency, has recently promulgated regulations1 governing the labeling of foods intended for special dietary purposes. The scope of these regulations is extraordinarily broad, apparently encompassing all foods and dietary supplements for which special claims are made or implied relating to health and disease. Included are vitamin and mineral preparations, staple foods fortified or supplemented with vitamins and other dietary elements, foods employed for infant feeding and foods offered as supplements in the management of obesity, malnutrition, food allergies, convalescence, pregnancy, anemias, lactation and disease. However, preparations administered in potent form solely as drugs for the treatment of disease are not subject to these regulations. For instance, addition of thiamine hydrochloride to a cereal will bring the cereal within the scope of the regulations, whereas a capsule containing 10 mg. of the same substance intended for use on a physician's prescription