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Is it time for industry to swallow Schneiderman's bitter pill?

Should the dietary supplements industry look at the actions of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman as a wake-up call? There are many valid reasons to brush off his actions...

Strong interest in botanical ID workshop a positive sign for industry, expert says

The fact that an upcoming workshop on botanical identification methods has sold out quickly demonstrates the industry is increasingly getting serious about improving its performance on GMP compliance, one of...

FDA's decision on CBD likely to be overturned after more info comes in, exec says

An executive with one of the companies promoting cannabidiol for dietary supplements believes that FDA’s recent determination that the compound is not a legal dietary ingredient is premature and will...

‘Prioritize the aggressive pursuit those who sell drug products masquerading as supplements’: Sens Hatch and Heinrich tell US AG Lynch

Senators Orrin Hatch and Martin Heinrich are urging new US Attorney General Loretta Lynch to ‘aggressively’ tackle the issue of products marketed as supplements but tainted with steroids or pharmaceutical...

HBO report links Hatch to military deaths associated with DMAA via his sponsorship of DHSEA

An HBO Real Sports segment about dietary supplement use in the US military implied that Sen. Orrin Hatch was complicit in the deaths of several US soldiers who collapsed with...

Members of Congress get the good news on dietary supplement quality, expert says

Those members of Congress friendly to the dietary supplements industry and their staffs don’t seem overly concerned about the brouhaha stirred up by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. In...

Legislation by litigation? CSPI investigating Saw Palmetto claims

The Center for Science in the Public Interest is conducting a survey to assess “whether the advertising claims made about [a supplement] are legally and factually permissible”, with the initial focus...

Extending GMPs to ingredient suppliers would fix gap in original rule, stakeholders say

A recently filed citizen's petition asking FDA to extend GMP requirements to ingredient manufacturers met with a cautious but generally positive reception among industry stakeholders. Having ingredient suppliers stand outside...

FDA says no to CBD in supplements

In a recently updated communication on marijuana, the Food and Drug Administration has flatly stated that products based on cannabidiol (CBD), a non-narcotic fraction of Cannabis sativa, cannot be marketed as...

Organic & Natural file citizen petition to apply GMPs to ingredient suppliers

The Organic & Natural Health Association has filed a citizen petition with the US Food and Drug Administration to extend the FDA’s current cGMPs (code 21 CFR Part 111) to...

FTC seeks injunction against weight loss supplement marketer over false claims, fraudulent 'risk free' offer

The Federal Trade Commission, alleging false advertising, is seeking a permanent injunction to prevent Lunada Biomedical Inc. from claiming that its dietary supplement Amberen causes substantial weight loss.

Schneiderman agrees to open 'dialogue' with NPA via joint statement

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has agreed to enter into a “dialogue” with the Natural Products Association over his assault on herbal dietary supplements, the organization confirmed in a joint statement...

GMA et al file appeal vs Vermont GMO ruling, but they are running out of time, say attorneys

As widely predicted, the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) is appealing a federal court ruling denying its bid to halt implementation of Vermont’s GMO labeling law (Act 120) until a lawsuit...

News in brief

AHPA webinar to explore significance of recent Prop 65 developments

Proposals to amend the regulations, an unsuccessful lawsuit against Beech-Nut, and additions to the list of carcinogens are just a few of the topics to be discussed during an upcoming...

Attorney: This case could end up in the Supreme Court

What does the ruling in Vermont mean for GMO labeling?

While opponents of Vermont’s GMO labeling Act 120 suffered a major setback this week after a federal judge rejected many of their arguments, some attorneys predict the case could ultimately...

NEWS QUIZ: Are you up to speed with the top stories of April 2015?

Do you know how many companies received warning letters over BMPEA? What anniversary did Steve Mister celebrate this month? Or by how much has interest in adverse event reporting increased...

‘A bold, aggressive move’: FDA sends warning letters to 14 companies over DMBA

Fourteen companies have received warning letters from the FDA regarding products containing DMBA (1,3-Dimethylbutylamine), which the Agency states is not a legal dietary ingredient and products containing it are considered...

Dispatches from the International Yakult Symposium

No health claims but probiotics remain on medical agenda

Probiotics are yet to win a health claim in the European Union but they continue to receive backing by various bodies for gastrointestinal issues like diarrhoea.

FDA says BMPEA not a legal ingredient, sends warning letters to 5 companies listing stimulant on labels

The Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday that it has banned the use of the stimulant BMPEA in dietary supplements and foods. The agency also sent five warning letters to...

Guest article

Stopping unfair competition from unlawful ingredients and products at the border

Complying with FDA regulations can be a long and expensive process. Small wonder then that some companies choose not to, and instead deal in unapproved ingredients or products that contain...

Organic and non-gmo trends

Congress should strengthen FDA’s oversight of GMOs, CSPI leader says

Congress needs to strengthen FDA’s oversight of genetically modified organisms before foreign countries, with potentially lower safety standards, begin genetically engineering crops used in finished products that are imported to...

FDA’s list of food priorities include finalizing rules for GRAS & gluten-free labeling for fermented foods

FDA is considering adding pre- and post-market enforcement “enhancements” to the final rule for the process of determining food substances are GRAS – or generally recognized as safe, according to...

Harmonised Southeast Asia regulation complete by end of year

The Alliance for Southeast Asian Nations’ (ASEAN) harmonised health supplement framework will be up and running by the end of the year after over ten years in the making. ...

WADA exec: Bad actors in supplement sphere getting worse and only premarket approval will weed them out

Critics of the dietary supplement industry who were invited to speak at the scientific conference held this week at the University of Mississippi were pulling no punches. Olivier Rabin, PhD,...

Continuing confusion over herbal supplement contents points to need for premarket notification, expert asserts

The constituents of herbal dietary supplements continues to be a point of confusion and contention among those viewing the industry from the outside and was identified as a key point...