FSANZ has completed a systematic review of the evidence for a relationship between oats, barley and beta-glucan and blood cholesterol concentration.
The outcome of this systematic review was that a relationship between oats (and not barley) and blood cholesterol is substantiated.
The Food Standards Code currently permits a high level health claim (HLHC) to be based on a relationship between beta-glucan (from oats or barley) and blood cholesterol rather than a relationship between oats and blood cholesterol.
FSANZ issued a call for submissions in August 2017 to understand any stakeholder issues and implications for the Code that may arise from the outcomes of the systematic review. We are currently considering comments from submitters before determining the next steps on this health claim.