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The Wall Street Journal reports on nonbinding guidelines issued by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) covering when products can be labled as being made from “whole grain.” According to the WSJ, “food companies can label bread or other products as ‘whole grain’ if they are in fact made of whole grains such as rye, oats, popcorn and wild rice, but not if they are made of substances such as soybeans, chickpeas and pearled barley. It also recommended that pizzas be labeled as ‘whole grain’ only if the crust is made entirely from whole-grain or whole-wheat flours.”

The nonbinding guidelines also discourage manufacturers from using the phrases “excellent source” and “good source” because they may imply a greater percentage of whole grain than actually exists.

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