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GanedenBC30 gets Health Canada ‘no objections letter,’ expanding formulation, claims flexibility for manufacturers

A new Health Canada ‘no objections letter’ expands manufacturers’ flexibility to formulate and market products with Ganeden’s branded Bacillus cogulans GBI-30, 6086 (or GanedenBC30 for short) in Canada. This includes...

Proper calibration, personnel training key to successful use of in-house testing equipment

A lack of identity testing is a frequent failure cited in warning letters issued by the Food and Drug Administration. But even when tests are being done, they need to...

ORAC values might be passé, but antioxidant activity still demands research, experts say

Quoting ORAC values as a marketing tool has gone the way of the dinosaurs. But the measure of antioxidant activity still points to potentially important beneficial properties of ingredients, experts...

Food trade associations press OMB on GMO labeling timetable in a bid to avoid 'extended regulatory uncertainty'

Trade associations including the Food Marketing Institute and the Grocery Manufacturers Association have warned the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) that failing to implement federal GMO labeling legislation in...

Rep. Mia Love joins changing leadership ranks of Dietary Supplement Caucus

The Dietary Supplement Caucus, an ever-fluid assembly of lawmakers who support the industry, has a new leader in the form Rep. Mia Love, R-UT, who will take over the co-chair...

CRN official finds common ground with author of series of articles attacking industry

When looking at a potentially damaging series of journal articles about supplements being penned by a professor at Clemson University, an official at CRN prefers to look at the common...

NPA supports bill to allow WIC benefits to be used for multivitamins

Proposed legislation that would allow federal WIC benefits to be used to buy multivitamins could lead to better health outcomes for these embattled families, the Natural Products Association said last...

FTC, FDA ask consumers directly for help on policing claims, reporting adverse events

In a communication earlier this week two regulatory agencies sought input directly from consumers about outlandish claims and adverse events relating to dietary supplements. 

Warning letters take note of herbal nomenclature, expert says

Making a mistake on an ingredient name can result in a specific call out on a warning letter, an expert cautions.

Special edition: Cognitive Health

Strict adherence to science backing only way to avoid memory claim pitfalls, experts say

Helping consumers maintain healthy memory function is one of the peaks many dietary supplement formulators seek to climb.  And it is one of the most likely targets for regulatory enforcement...

CRN to extend medical foods membership in effort to help define category

What can properly be called a medical food?  The Council for Responsible Nutrition wants to help frame the answer to that question.

Red yeast rice product analysis misstates GMP issue, consultant asserts

A recent article on the variability of red yeast rice supplements provides valuable information but comes to a false conclusion, according to an expert on herbal supplements.

News in brief

One week to go: UNPA hosts PCQI training for dietary supplement companies

The United Natural Products Alliance (UNPA) is launching a new training course, “Preventive Controls Workshop for Dietary Supplements: PCQI Training for Dietary Supplement Companies”, but spaces are limited.

FDA continuing to drill down to provenance of ingredients

Recent warning letters show the Food and Drug Administration continues to hone in on the provenance of ingredients, and demonstrate that the tempo of enforcement remains unchanged despite the moves...

Glyphosate joins Prop 65 list, but what does this mean for packaged food manufacturers?

Glyphosate (the active ingredient in Monsanto’s herbicide RoundUp) will be added to California's Prop 65 list on July 7, 2017, meaning warning labels will be required from July 2018. But what,...

Sports nutrition brands have lower SAE rates, expert says

Despite the perception that sports nutrition products tend to include ‘edgy’ ingredients, data suggest that these are among the safest of supplements, already a very safe category, an expert says,

Soccer star makes case for supplements on Capitol Hill

The recent briefing for members of the Dietary Supplement Caucus featured an appearance by a world-class athlete speaking in favor of supplementation.

Navigating disease claim currents especially tricky for probiotics, expert says

Regulatory hurdles must be kept in mind when designing studies to support products. This is especially true in research on probiotics, an expert says.

Fruit d' Or gets Health Canada approval for cranberry powder during period of regulatory uncertainty

Fruit d’ Or has obtained a Health Canada designation for its cranberry juice powder which comes with it the ability to make health claims on urinary tract infections. The approval...

Guest article

Which Took Longer: Harry Potter or GMPs?

Ten years ago, in July 2007, I found myself at a midnight book party in Las Vegas for the release of Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows. Even though I was...

Special edition: Botanicals

Synthetic botanicals standoff likely to continue despite Georgia ruling

Experts expect the existing standoff on synthetic botanicals as voiced by FDA in the most recent draft NDI guidance will continue, despite the consensus from industry being  the agency’s position...

NPA petitions FDA to shelve new nutrition, supplement facts labeling rule

Citing the Trump Administration’s policy to severely cut new and pending regulations, the National Products Association (NPA) petitioned the FDA to shelve the Obama-era proposed Nutrition and Supplement Facts labeling,...

GAO’s memory supplement review

‘Agencies need to do more around the most egregious memory claims’: CRN’s Mister

The majority of dietary supplements making memory claims adhere to the federal requirements but some still go too far with their claims, according to a new review from the US...

Breaking news

FDA extends compliance deadline for Nutrition Facts panel changes

As widely expected, the FDA is to extend the compliance dates for the Nutrition Facts label final rules to give manufacturers more time to prepare, although it has not yet...

Stakeholder group seeks consensus on dietary supplement quality practices

A collaborative group that includes stakeholders from across the industry is moving forward in an effort to define what is meant by ‘quality’ when referring to a dietary supplement.