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Vermont GMO labeling bill heads to governor's desk. But can it withstand a First Amendment challenge?

A bill requiring foods produced with genetic engineering be labeled in Vermont has passed the house and the senate, and now just needs Governor Peter Shumlin’s signature to be signed...

Special edition: Sports nutrition

Is DSHEA a public relations problem for the sports nutrition sphere?

The Dietary Supplements Health and Education Act has fostered an innovative and thriving industry. That’s the standard line, one that few would argue with. But has the bright light of...

Corporate restructuring called for to alleviate persistent practice of lab shopping

Dry labbing and lab shopping are problems that persist in the dietary supplements industry, according to Frank Jaksch, CEO of ChromaDex.  It is still all too easy for a company...

Long strange trip: The evolution of botanicals since the inception of DSHEA

The Dietary Supplements Health and Education Act has given rise to a thriving dietary supplements industry. Botanical ingredients have always been a part of that picture, but the concept of...

POM v Coca-Cola false advertising spat heads to Supreme Court, but what does this mean for your label?

It’s not quite as dramatic as the Oscar Pistorius trial, but in the world of food law, a false advertising case brought by POM Wonderful against rival Coca-Cola is being...

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Vermont GMO labeling bill passes state senate

A bill requiring foods produced with genetic engineering be labeled in Vermont has passed by 28 votes to two in the State Senate.

Driven Sports has no intentions to use any Dendrobium-related ingredient in the future: Lawyer

Pre-workout supplement marketer Driven Sports will not be launching any new products containing any Dendrobium-related ingredients in the future, says the company’s legal counsel in response to a warning letter...

Natural astaxanthin group’s questioning of synthetic astaxanthin quality met with strong DSM defense

The Natural Algae Astaxanthin Association (NAXA) has again questioned the quality and regulatory status of DSM’s synthetic astaxanthin ingredient, with new data reportedly showing ‘vastly inferior antioxidant potential’ compared with...

Dewmar’s FDA warning letter a ‘no-brainer’: food and drug attorney

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning letter to Dewmar International BMC Inc., alleging that despite labeling its Lean Slow Motion…Potion beverage as a dietary supplement, the...

Torch passed in Senate during NPA lobbying day

The Natural Products Association lobbying day began with an address from a new advocate for the industry and ended with remarks from one of the industry’s oldest champions.

Fabricant leaves FDA, replaces Shaw as head of NPA

The Natural Products Association (NPA) announced this morning that Daniel Fabricant, PhD, will succeed John Shaw as chief executive officer of the organization effective immediately.  Shaw had tendered his resignation several...

Oxford conference to broaden scope in recognition of 20th anniversary of DSHEA

The upcoming Oxford Conferenece on the Science of Botanicals will have broader scope this year as part of a retrospective on the 20th anniversary of the Dietary Supplement Health and...

Industry experts dispute dietary supplement critic Cohen's call for sweeping new regulations

A long time critic of the dietary supplement industry, Dr Pieter Cohen, MD, has called for a premarket approval regime and a modified adverse event reporting system for dietary supplements...

AHPA's new protein guidance addresses issue that has been percolating for years

The American Herbal Products Association has set a new policy for how member companies ought to calculate the amount of protein in their products to deal with a situation in...

ANVISA: Regulation must catch up to booming South American supplements market

Just ahead of the 2014 Vitafoods Conference in São Paulo, Brazil, a spokesperson for the Brazilian Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA) caught up with NutraIngredients-USA to discuss the exploding market for...

Consulting firm Ingredient Identity expands capabilities with new divisions

A key new hire has enabled consulting firm Ingredient Identity to signficantly ramp up its capabilities. In line with that development, the company has formed four new divisions to better...

Companies must walk fine line when bringing a supplement to market in US that is a drug elsewhere

A company known as PharmaRoth Labs had to absorb a setback recently when it announced that FDA had objected to a New Dietary Ingredient notification the company filed on its...

Special edition: Innovations in delivery systems

Keep a weather eye on regs when deciding on new delivery modes, experts say

Product developers are in constant search mode for ways to differentiate their products, and that search has always included delivery system innovation.  But without keeping a weather eye on US...

News in brief

Kratom distributor recalls all products in wake of FDA import alert

SNI National has voluntarily recalled all of its products that contain kratom, an ingredient whose legality has been questioned by the Food and Drug Administration.

US FDA upholds approval of Lallemand vitamin D2 baker’s yeast

The US Food and Drug Administration has upheld its authorization of Lallemand’s enriched yeast after investigating objections from AB Mauri.

Time has come to consider DRIs for bioactives, CRN official says

Evidence for the nutrtional benefits of bioactives is steadily accumulating, and the time has come engage regulators in a process of determining dietary reference intakes (DRIs) for the best-researched substances,...

Label changes open door for discussion of 'good' fats, GOED chief says

In the proposal by the Food and Drug Administration to update labels for foods and dietary supplements, the agency declined to set a value for omega-3 fatty acids.  This does...

Proposed changes to supplement labels could cause many products to be reformulated

The new levels of nutrients specified will be the prime impact of FDA’s proposed changes on the labels for foods and supplements for the dietary supplement industry, experts agree.

FDA’s proposed nutrition label changes emphasize calories, serving sizes

The Food and Drug Administration is proposing several changes to the nutrition labels on packaged foods and beverages. If approved, the new labels would place a bigger emphasis on total...

FDA agrees to new deadlines on FSMA final rules

The Food and Drug Administration has agreed to new deadlines for final rules detailing the implementaiton of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The agreement comes as part of a...

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