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FDA sends warning letters to five marketers of bulk powdered caffeine

The Food and Drug Administration has taken another step in its war on powdered caffeine. The controversial ingredient linked to a pair of deaths was the subject of a slew...

Chipotle: People who eat GM foods are not themselves genetically modified. The same applies to cows fed GM feed…

Chipotle vows to fight ‘meritless’ GMO lawsuit, but case highlights legal minefield over Non-GMO claims

Chipotle says it will vigorously defend a “meritless and unfair” lawsuit accusing it of falsely advertising its wares as non-GMO. But attorneys say the case shows that firms are vulnerable...

Lack of specifications a persistent problem in industry, consultant says

Her academic training in analytical chemistry, which required a lot of repetition, prepared Tara Crouch, PhD well for her new role at EAS Consulting Group.  Crouch said said she has...

Schiff hit with lawsuit over MegaRed cardiovascular claim wording

A potential class action lawsuit filed against Schiff Nutrition points out the potential liability firms can expose themselves to when they don’t follow claims guidelines exactly.

Trade associations call to elevate Division of Dietary Supplement Programs to an ‘Office’

Four of the five main trade associations for dietary supplements have written to the FDA to express their “interest in and support for” the elevation of the Division of Dietary...

Court shuts down energy drink network marketer Vemma over pyramid scheme allegation

Vemma Nutrition, a multilevel marketing company that based its business on a line of mangosteen juice drinks, has been shut down by an Arizona court acting on a Federal Trade...

NDI draft guidance continues to inform FDA's enforcement thinking, latest DMBA warning letter shows

The Food and Drug Administration is continuing enforcement actions based on the precepts laid out in the draft guidance on New Dietary Ingredients with a warning letter sent to a...

Remember to back up memory claims with precise substantiation, expert says

Losing one’s memory continues to be one of consumers’ number one health concerns. While that represents a healthy market opportunity, companies seeking to address that concern with a dietary supplement...

Guest article

What degree of evidence is required to make an EU health claim?

Eight years after the EU nutrition and health claims regulation (NHCR) came into force the question of how to win a health claim is still not satisfactorily answered in the eyes...

Even sans smoke, there's still fire in NYAG affair, expert says

The heat surrounding the  NYAG affair may have abated somewhat. But an expert in investigations conducted by the offices of state attorneys general said the episode is far from over....

Bai Brands under fire over 'antioxidant-packed' claims as judge allows false advertising lawsuit to proceed

Beverage industry superstar Bai Brands – which hit the headlines this week with the launch of antioxidant-infused Antiwater – has also attracted the attention of plaintiff’s attorneys in California, which...

AHPA urges USP to not ID tainted products as dietary supplements in official document

The American Herbal Products Association has urged the United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) to not the muddy the waters by using the term  “dietary supplements” in an official document to...

Industry opening up to idea of pre-market notification process for supplements

Is it time to consider new legislation to alter the landscape that DSHEA created for the dietary supplements industry? The issue was raised in a recent public industry forum and...

An unusual step? FDA files criminal case against supplement marketer who ignored civil contempt ruling

The Department of Justice at FDA’s behest has launched a criminal contempt action against a Montana dietary supplement marketer who continued selling misbranded supplements and unapproved drugs even after a...

News in brief

Senior FDA & FTC officials to share insights at CRN’s The Conference

FDA’s Ted Elkin and FTC’s Mary Engle will present key regulatory insights at The Conference, hosted by the Council for Responsible Nutrition, October 21–24 at The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage, in...

Herbalife files action against Twitter seeking ID of user who sent allegedly defamatory tweets

A court action filed by network marketing giant Herbalife against the online messaging firm Twitter points out the risks posed to brands by social media, said an expert on the...

GMA: 'HR 1599 protects the consumer from a costly and confusing 50 state patchwork of labeling laws'

House passes Pompeo bill that would prevent state-mandated GMO labeling

The US House of Representatives has passed the industry-backed voluntary GMO labeling bill - The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act 2015 - by 275 votes to 150, and rejected...

Is calling a product a 'dietary supplement' compliant with labeling regs? FDA seems divided on the issue

A glitch in FDA labeling regulations has silently been biding its time to sow confusion among dietary supplement companies. The issue is how to identify a product as a dietary...

Eight things to know about the Pompeo voluntary GMO labelling Act

There are two bills about GMO labeling floating around Congress, but the momentum appears behind the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015. Here are eight things to know...

Pompeo’s GMO labeling act gets House Agriculture Committee approval

Efforts to prevent state and local governments from mandating GMO labeling cleared an early hurdle with House Agriculture Committee’s approval this week of the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act....

McCaskill calls memory claims 'disgusting' in wake of FTC settlement with supplement marketer

A newly strident critic of the dietary supplement industry, Senator Claire McCaskill, D-MO, levied another attack on the way the business is regulated in the wake of a fine levied...

New developments in sports certification field as competition heats up

Competition is heating up in the sports certification field, as several companies offering verification schemes that test for banned substances announced developments recently.

‘Own label product distributors have to understand that ultimate responsibility lies with them’: Experts

Many own label product distributors remain ignorant about their responsibilities under good manufacturing practice (GMPs) when using contract manufacturers and Quality Agreements are still not widely enough used, say industry...

AHPA helps amend Louisiana laws that unfairly banned some herbal ingredients

The American Herbal Products Association has succeeded in helping to pass an amendment in Louisiana that restores to legal commerce certain herbs that have been legally marketed as dietary supplements...

CRN issues formulation guidelines on use of melatonin in sleep support products

The Council for Responsible Nutrition has issued new formulation and labeling guidelines for members who are marketing melatonin supplements targeting sleep support, the organization announced yesterday.