“Health & Product Development Implications of Dietary Fiber Labeling Changes”

Mary Ellen Camire, Ph.D., CFS

President Elect & Fellow – IFT

Professor of Food Science & Human Nutrition

School of Food & Agriculture - University of Maine

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Kraft Foods – Tarrytown, NY

ExCom Meeting                  3:30 – 5:00 pm
    (Members Welcome)

Networking Dinner              5:00 – 6:30 pm

Speaker                       6:30 – 7:30 pm

Dessert, Coffee, Tea          7:30 pm

Dietary fiber is a term applied to a diverse collection of carbohydrates that impact human health. Most Americans do not consume the recommended amounts of fiber on a daily basis. A recent estimate concluded that if adults ate 3 grams more fiber each day, millions of dollars could be saved on constipation drugs. Adding dietary fiber to processed foods would appear to be one approach to increasing fiber in the diet. Purified, isolated fibers from both food and non-food sources are now available with a variety of viscosities, colors and other physical aspects, and agricultural by-products are being studied as sources of both dietary fiber and phytochemicals. Recent proposed changes to the nutrition facts panel by the Food & Drug Administration, however, could make selection of fiber-rich materials challenging for food product development. Dietary fiber definitions around the world also vary. Approved health claims for dietary fiber and the proposed labeling changes will be discussed with examples of how public health, food formulation and marketing might be affected.


Mary Ellen Camire, Ph.D., CFS, is the 75th President of IFT.  She has been a Professor of Food Science and Human Nutrition at the University of Maine (UM) for the past 25 years. Dr. Camire directs the Sensory Evaluation Center at UM and conducts research that bridges nutrition and food science. Dr. Camire has volunteered for IFT in many roles, is an IFT Fellow and the recipient of the Babcock-Hart Award. She is a long-time member of the AACC International Carbohydrate Committee, served on the AACCI Dietary Fiber Definition Committee and was AACCI President 2008-2009.