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Learning from others’ mistakes: NPA launches warning letter database

The Natural Products Association (NPA) has announced the launch of its warning letter database, giving access to data on GMP violations, technical adulteration, and labeling infringements.

AMA warns members about rise of nootropics

A new policy by the American Medical Association on nootropics once again highlights the blurred edges of what can legitimately be called a ‘dietary supplement.’

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FDA has no objections for GRAS status of Axiom Foods’ rice and pea proteins

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has no objections regarding the generally recognized as safe (GRAS) status of Axiom Foods’ Oryzatein, an organic brown rice protein ingredient, as well...


House approves federal GMO labeling bill that nullifies Vermont law

The US House of Representatives has voted to pass a federal GMO labeling bill (306:117 votes) that would pre-empt and nullify all state-led GMO labeling laws including the one that...

Evo Hemp to expand use of US-grown hemp: 'It's only a matter of time before the federal cultivation ban is lifted'

With 28 US states now allowing farmers to grow industrial hemp – a crop that stubbornly remains on the DEA’s controlled substances list although it has no psychoactive effects –...

Experts dispute notion that DSHEA hamstrung FDA

Despite the tenor of a recent meeting of ex FDA commissioners, DSHEA didn’t tie the hands of federal regulators, experts contacted by NutraIngredients-USA have said.

Vermont GMO-labeling law went into effect, what comes next?

When Vermont’s GMO-labeling law became effective last Friday on July 1, some companies were prepared, while others weren’t.

Consumer survey suggests Vermont GMO labels ‘strongly mislead consumers,’ claims CRA

An industry-backed survey of 1,665 online primary shoppers suggests that Vermont’s mandatory GMO labels “strongly mislead consumers,” claims the Corn Refiners Association (CRA).

Shelved Massachusetts bill part of rising tide of attempts to regulate supplements at state level

A moribund Massachusetts bill that would have restricted the sale of certain dietary supplements is part and parcel of a rising tide of state bills that affect the industry, according...

GNC raw material proposal in active revision, AHPA says

The botanical raw material GMP proposal put forward by GNC earlier this year is in active revision, according the American Herbal Products Association.

‘Impactful meaningful self-regulation’: CRN & NAD celebrate 10 years of advertising program

With over 250 completed advertising challenges, the Council for Responsible Nutrition Foundation (CRNF) and National Advertising Division (NAD) is celebrating a successful decade of self-regulatory program on advertising.

Ex FDA commissioners say their hands were tied while they were at agency

Dietary supplement regulations are insufficient to adequately regulate the industry, according to a report about what was said at a meeting of six former FDA commissioners.

NPA, CRN claim efforts helped derail move to pile on more regulations in Puerto Rico

A bill that would have set into stone onerous requirements on dietary supplements in Puerto Rico has been set aside, and two trade associations are taking credit for helping to...

Is your product a supplement, or a food? Don’t let FDA decide for you

A recent warning letter to a company making powdered protein products emphasizes once again the importance of being consistent in the concept of your product and the messaging that is...

Attention given to preventing adulteration on the rise, but has that curbed the problem?

Is the dietary supplement industry getting a handle on the adulteration issue?  The baseline data does not exist to be able to say one way or another. But sources agree...

Federal GMO labeling bill hailed as 'true compromise,' but critics say it's woefully inadequate

Attempts to reach a federal GMO labeling solution have failed miserably to date. However, a bipartisan deal requiring mandatory GMO labeling (via smartlabels, symbols or as yet undetermined wording) thrashed...

NPA says grass roots campaign helped head off Blumenthal amendment

The Natural Products Association credits a grass roots campaign it organized for helping to defeat an amendment that would have restricted soldiers’ access to dietary supplements.

FDA takes company to task over medical food for macular degeneration

A warning letter from FDA emphasizes again that medical foods must meet very specific requirements in order to qualify for that status.

PLT assembles dossier of memory claims for Synapsa ingredient

Memory claims are a potential pitfall for marketers of cognitive health products. One ingredient supplier has made navigating those troubled waters easier.

Sibutramine cited in FDA warning letter on weight loss products

It’s been said that the poor will ever be with us. So too, it seems, will undeclared pharmaceutical ingredients, as FDA has issued yet another warning letter to a marketer...

FTC cites another 'fake news' weight loss marketing scheme

The fake news site scam reared its head again in the weight loss sector again recently as the Federal Trade Commission charged  Florida-based supplement marketers of defrauding consumers.

White House announces $121 million National Microbiome Initiative

The Obama administration announced a multi-million investment to accelerate better understanding of microbiomes in all fields of the life sciences. 

Warning letter provides insight into labeling responsibilities

A warning letter to a company called Rocky Fork Formulas has particular insights for the labeling operations in the dietary supplement responsibility chain.

McCaskill's push for FDA review of herb/chemotherapy interactions called an intrusion into doctor/patient relationship

Industry stakeholders called Sen. Claire McCaskill’s recent call for FDA scrutiny of supplement interactions with chemotherapy treatments unnecessary and an intrusion on doctor/patient relationships.

Amendment to limit military access to dietary supplements withdrawn

An amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to impose restrictions on the sale of dietary supplements at military base commissaries has been withdrawn. 

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