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November 21, 1977

Medical News

JAMA. 1977;238(21):2243-2254. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03280220011001

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FDA asks for warning labels on weight control liquid protein  The Food and Drug Administration wants manufacturers voluntarily to place cautionary labels on liquid predigested (and whole) protein products intended to be principal sources of nourishment in weight reduction or maintenance efforts.The warning would specify that the products not be used unless the person is under medical supervision. It would also advise against their use by infants, children, or pregnant or nursing women.Commissioner Donald Kennedy, PhD, says the FDA wants eventually to make the labeling mandatory. However, this step will require several months to allow all interested parties to be heard.In so acting, the commissioner is following the advice of an ad hoc advisory group on protein products for weight control.These products "have simply taken the United States and Canada by storm in the past year," says Allan L. Forbes, MD, acting associate director for