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U.S. moves to revoke claim that soy protein protects the heart

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(Reuters) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday proposed a rule revoking the right of companies to claim soy protein protects the heart, while potentially allowing a more circumspect health claim.

FILE PHOTO: A farmer shows her soy beans to a trader at a bean buying agent in Tri Thuy village, outside Hanoi December 26, 2012. REUTERS/Kham

The agency said studies published since the FDA authorized the claim in 1999 have shown inconsistent results. This is the first time the FDA has revoked a health claim.

“Our review of that evidence has led us to conclude that the relationship between soy protein and heart disease does not meet the rigorous standard for an FDA-authorized health claim,” the agency said in a statement.

The FDA said that if its proposed rule is finalized the agency would consider allowing the use of a qualified health claim, which requires a lower scientific standard of evidence than an authorized health claim.

Reporting by Toni Clarke in Washington; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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