With the New Year just around the corner, GI Ltd CEO Alan Barclay provides GI News readers with a peak at what’s in store for GI labelling in 2008.
Food Standards Australia New Zealand is aiming to release a final draft of its nutrition, health and related claim legislation for (hopeful) incorporation into the Food Standards Code in 2008. The draft legislation includes provisions for GI claims that reference the Australian Standard, Glycemic Index of Foods AS4694-2007. This means that Australia will become the first country to introduce comprehensive legislation for regulating GI claims. This has generated considerable interest from regulatory agencies around the world looking to develop similar provisions.
The role of low GI diets in preventing lifestyle diseases
Hot on the heels of the release of the Cochrane Review: ‘Low glycaemic index or low glycaemic load diets for overweight and obesity’ in 2007, a comprehensive systematic review and meta-analysis for the role of low GI diets in preventing lifestyle-related diseases is due for publication in one of the world’s most prestigious nutrition journals early in 2008. This will add to the already powerful evidence for the benefits of low GI diets for long-term health and wellbeing.
Expanding the GI Symbol Program
GI Ltd is investigating opportunities to establish bases in key international territories in 2008, to promote the availability of healthy low GI foods around the world. Email Alan for more information.