Dietary fibre refers to a specific group of carbohydrate polymers which are
neither digested nor absorbed in the human small intestine and consists of one
more of the following:
- Edible carbohydrate polymers naturally occurring in the food as consumed,
- carbohydrate polymers, which have been obtained from food raw material by
physical, enzymatic or chemical means,.
- synthetic carbohydrate polymers.
This is a definition agreed by international body Codex and also the European
Commission. FDF supports this definition as it includes not only non-starch
polysaccharide (plant cell wall) fibres, but synthetic carbohydrate polymers
extracted from raw food material by physical, enzymatic or chemical means.
FDF acts as secretariat for a group of industry fibre experts known as the Fibre
Consortium. The Consortium is chaired by Victoria Betteridge (Tate & Lyle
PLC). It contains over 20 companies and comprises both fibre manufacturers and
Last reviewed: 08 Apr 2016