July 24, 2006
Malaysia has become the latest in a growing number of nations to approve a health claim linking soy protein and cholesterol reduction. Manufacturers can now claim foods containing at least 5 g of soy protein per serving can help reduce cholesterol, but the label must also include a statement that the amount required to reduce blood cholesterol is 25 g per day.
Malaysian authorities approved the health claim following a petition from The Solae Company which submitted 46 studies for examination. Other countries to have approved a health claim for soy are Brazil, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, UK and the US.
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