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Churning out new, good news can help dilute past bad marks such as a warning letter, experts say

Bad news has acquired a long shelf life in the age of the Internet. Companies that are involved in regulatory actions, such as receiving FDA warning letters, need to develop...

Fly-by-night weight loss marketer pays $500,000 to settle FTC claim

The marketers of a purported weight loss supplement called Double Shot have agreed to pay $500,000 in fines to settle a complaint brought by the Federal Trade Commission.

Despite extensive cancer claims, Noni fruit purveyor receives only warning letter from FDA

Puna Noni, a Hawaiian company marketing juice of the tropical Noni fruit, has received a warning letter from the Food and Drug Administration citing numerous violations, including cancer treatment claims...

Special edition: Cognitive health

Cognitive health claims range from sublime to ridiculous, experts say

When it comes to what’s an allowable claim in the realm of cognitive health, ignorance and confusion abound, experts say.

Cactus drink marketer to pay $3.5 million to settle FTC false advertising claims

The marketers of a cactus drink have agreed to pay $3.5 million to settle false advertising charges brought by the Federal Trade Commission. Such charges could be levied against many...

Industry group welcomes House committee approval of DASCA, even with last minute ‘technical changes’

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce has given final approval to H.R. 4771, the Designer Anabolic Steroid Control Act (DASCA) after making number of technical changes last night to...

EFSA health claim opinion

Science still matters to Kemin and DSM as EFSA rejects lutein-eye benefits for fourth time

Two years ago lutein player Kemin said it was, “baffled and annoyed”  when EFSA rejected its eye health claim that was already approved in France. This week the EU’s food science agency...

Focused mitigation strategies under FSMA costlier, but not safer, AHPA asserts

As part of its ongoing effort to influence the implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act, the American Herbal Products Association has submitted 30 pages of comments on the way...

Particulars of GRAS process leave it open to criticism, expert says

The GRAS process as it stands in the United States is vulnerable to criticism based on possible conflicts of interest and low-quality safety work, said Claire Kruger, PhD, president of...

Video: In light of FDA's reticence, professional help critical in NDI submissions

The submissions of New Dietary Ingredient notifications seems as fraught as ever, and part of the issue is that regulators are not as communicative as they could be, according to...

Lift of German kava ban, detailed in ABC article, expected to boost botanical in US market

An article published this week by the American Botanical Council lays out the story underlying a German court’s recent decision to lift a ban on kava, including the ways in...

Facebook and Twitter: FDA continues to monitor tweets and ‘likes’

A new warning letter from the Food and Drug Administration shows that the agency is continuing to scrutinize activity on Facebook and Twitter just as carefully as it is looking...

NPA's Fabricant: Growth of online supplement sales means pie is getting bigger

Kroger’s purchase of online retailing giant Vitacost.com is part of ongoing retailing consolidation in the dietary supplements and natural foods business.  But rather than viewing this process with alarm, as...

China

New draft law is a step in the right direction for supps exporters

A recent draft reform of China’s Food Safety Law, which is now available for public comment, is a great improvement for supplements exporters who have been increasingly frustrated at the...

News in brief

Federal judge approves consent decree with Mira Health Products

A federal judge in New York has signed a consent decree for permanent injunction between the United States and Mira Health Products Ltd., a dietary supplement manufacturer located in Farmingdale,...

CRN joins with IADSA to broaden reach of supplement safety info

The Council for Responsible Nutrition has teamed with an international dietary supplement trade group to disseminate science-based information about the safety of supplements in an effort to help inform discussions...

EFSA panel endorses draft dietary refs for folate, niacin and selenium

EFSA has approved Dietary Reference Values (DRV) for folate, niacin and selenium, which set population reference intakes, adequate intakes or average requirements for the European population.

China

After much waiting, China establishes long-chain omega 3 guidelines

China has finally published official dietary reference intakes (DRIs) for EPA and DHA omega 3 fatty acids—a move that is expected to help thousands of its consumers who are at...

POM vs Coke and what it means for dietary supplements

Borrowed science, NDIs, and fairy dusting: UNPA advises members to check their labels

Fairy dusting with high value ingredients and borrowing someone else’s science to support your own claims are just two of the ways that the POM vs Coke case could impact...

CSPI calls for warning letters on energy drinks, but are the numbers accurate?

The Center for Science in the Public Interest is calling on the Food and Drug Administration to require warning labels on energy drink containers notifying consumers of the risk of...

Regulations overhaul proceeding rapidly in Japan, ASEAN

Efforts to reform the way dietary supplements are regulated in Japan and the ASEAN are proceeding with startling speed, attendees of an event in Salt Lake City were told yesterday....

Russian-led customs union offers big opportunity for made-in-US products, consultant says

Hidden within the current turmoil surrounding US-Russia relations, frayed over events in Ukraine, lies an opportunity for US dietary supplement firms: a large and thriving market with a thirst for...

Experts advise supplement companies to carefully review labels in wake of POM ruling

Dietary supplement manufacturers need to take a hard look at their labels and marketing messages in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision in the POM vs Coca-Cola case, experts...

Booming demand for sports certification points to need for overall quality assurance, NSF exec says

The growth of the sports nutrition sector has boosted the demand for NSF’s Certified for Sport certification, says Lisa Thomas, the program’s director.  But the reach of the program extends...

FTC settlement with DSM division sets precedent for future memory claims

DSM’s consumer products division i-Health has settled a claim with the Federal Trade Commission on the company’s use of an adult memory-enhancement claim for its algal DHA product. ...

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