FDA Approves Increase in Amount of Vitamin D Allowed in Milk, Milk Alternatives

Manufacturers can start using the new measurements as of July 18
Manufacturers can start using the new measurements as of July 18

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved an increase in the amount of vitamin D allowed in milk, milk alternative beverages, and plant-based yogurt alternatives.

Manufacturers will be able to add up to 84 IU/100g of vitamin D3 to milk, 84 IU/100g of vitamin D2 to plant-based milk alternatives (such as soy, almond, and coconut based beverages), and 89 IU/100g of vitamin D2 to plant-based yogurt alternatives. 

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The new amounts were approved after the FDA evaluated projected human dietary exposure to vitamin D from foods and dietary supplements and safety data found these levels of vitamin D to be safe.

Deficiency of vitamin D can result in abnormalities in bone metabolism, while excess vitamin D intake can cause hypercalcemia. 

The new approval amends existing food additive regulations and as of July 18, manufacturers can start using the new amounts.

For more information visit FDA.gov.

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