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Warning letters to CBD companies hinge on disease claims, sidestep issue of ingredient's legality

Four companies marketing dietary supplement products containing cannabidiol (CBD), a non-narcotic fraction of Cannabis sativa, received warning letters recently from the Food and Drug Administration.  But the letters said nothing about...

Border block: Germany stops product with debated aegeline ingredient

The German authorities have blocked a shipment of products containing the unauthorised novel food ingredient aegeline and American firm USP Labs is making inquiries into whether this relates to its recalled OxyElite product. ...

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AHPA online resource aims to help industry rebut criticisms arising from NYAG affair

The American Herbal Products Association has unveiled an online resource center for information regarding the actions of New York State Attorney General Eric Schniederman.  Schneiderman’s action against the dietary supplements...

Updated: NBTY appreciates AG's efforts & will comply. "We are confident that our products meet our label claims"

NBTY, Pharmavite, Nature's Way and Nutraceutical Corp. pulled into NY AG’s probe

NY AG Eric Schneiderman has extended his investigation into herbal supplements by sending letters to four leading manufacturers demanding detailed ingredient and quality control information on every herbal supplement they...

FTC seeking to extend 2 RCT standard to structure/function claims, CRN asserts in brief

The Federal Trade Commission’s position on the requirement for 2 RCTs in its contempt case against Bayer's Philips Colon Health brand steps far beyond what Congress intended when it passed...

Warning letter slams coconut oil marketer over disease claims

The Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning letter to a coconut oil manufacturer for violations that included making drug claims on specific chemical constituents of the oil.

Yakult at Probiota 2015: “We want to be clear that before we invest we need to have some dialogue with EFSA...”

6 years of hurt: Probiotic heavyweights debate the EU’s health claim blockade

Yakult and leading academics expressed frustration at what they see as unfair and opaque scientific requirements around probiotic health claims in the European Union – but how much is industry...

Education gap on supplements means myths can persist among pharmacists, MDs

The New York AG affair has revealed a gulf: While the majority of Americans say they use dietary supplements, few of them understand much about how they’re made, or regulated....

Opinion

8 key takeaways from the NY AG’s investigation so far

We are two weeks out from Attorney General Schneiderman’s sending of cease and desist letters to four major retailers, so what do we really know?

Court reins in FTC on two trials standard but otherwise supports agency in decision on POM’s claims

The Federal Trade Commission has received confirmation of its basic positions in its struggle with POM Wonderful over the substantiation on the claims the company has made for its juice...

Experts panel offering ready access could fend off future public relations debacles like AG affair, observers say

Citing shortcomings in the way the New York Attorney General’s office relied on DNA barcoding in its recent action is all well and good, but having a more proactive method...

NY AG shifts focus & subpoenas retailers on structure-function label claims

A new twist has developed in the NY AG’s investigation into herbal products as subpoenas have been issued to GNC, Walgreens, Target and Walmart to demand evidence to support the...

Cooperman: AG used wrong test, but that doesn't mean there isn't a quality problem in supplement industry

The dietary supplement industry might eventually come out ahead in the public relations battle over the fallout caused by the actions of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. But that...

‘Death by a thousand cuts’? Class actions follow NY AG’s herbal supplements ‘sting’

It was only a matter of time… Class actions against some of the retailers involved in the recent investigation by the New York Attorney General have been started across the...

CRN sends formal request to NY AG to release the report, rolls out website info center

The Council for Responsible Nutrition has sent a formal letter to Attorney General Schneiderman requesting transparency in his investigation of four retailers of herbal supplements.

Increased demand for testing means overall quality of dietary supplement industry is improving, Alkemist Labs CEO says

Despite the prominent black eye suffered by the dietary supplement industry in the recent New York Attorney General affair, increased demand for testing services is a sign the industry is...

Supplement manufacturer slapped with permanent injunction after series of warning letters

An Oregon-based marketer of dietary supplements has been slapped with a permanent injuction for distributing prodcts that the Food and Drug Administration alleged were adulterated and were unapproved new drugs.

Retailer responds to NY AG’s investigation

GNC: Tests and re-tests show that ‘products contain the ingredients stated on the labels at the levels indicated on the labels’

GNC Holdings has responded to the NY Attorney General’s actions with full and robust responses to every question raised in the cease and desist letter, including original test results and...

High NDI failure rate putting more emphasis on GRAS status for new ingredients

The high rate of failure in New Dietary Ingredient notifications has led some companies to seek workarounds. Anecdotal evidence gathered by NutraIngredients-USA shows that companies are increasingly leaning on GRAS...

FDA budget request outlines priorities in FSMA implementation, increased inspections

The budget request from the White House for the Food and Drug Administration is part of President Obama’s overall budget that will not see the light of day.  Nevertheless, the...

Sports nutrition companies differentiating based on quality, transparency

The issue of “protein spiking” has led companies in the sports nutrition sphere to start to differentiate their products based on the quality and transparency of their ingredients and to...

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FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg to step down

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has confirmed media rumours that Dr Margaret Hamburg is stepping down from her role as Commissioner at the end of March, with Stephen...

NY Office of the Attorney General: ‘We will not be publishing the data for peer review. This is part of an ongoing investigation'

The Office of the Attorney General of New York has defended its testing and choice of researcher to conduct its tests, but will not be releasing its data for peer-review,...

Failure to refer to established national standards calls AG investigation into question, experts say

The New York state attorney general’s investigation into allegedly substandard herbal dietary supplements was flawed from the start by an inexplicable failure to refer to national standards established for the...

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FDA extends Redbook update comment period

The US Food and Drug Administration has extended the comment period for updates to the Redbook until May 11, 2015 in response to requests.

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