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AHPA's data shows FDA ramping up enforcement on tainted weight loss, sex products

The presence of undeclared pharmaceutical ingredients in products purporting to be dietary supplements is garnering an increasing amount of attention and enforcement from the Food and Drug Administration, databases compiled...

FTC's fines on weight loss claims total more than all other categories combined, CRN database shows

The Council for Responsible Nutrition has launched a new tool for members that puts together in one place data on recent enforcement actions by the Federal Trade Commission regardling claims...

Reaction to FDA's proposed Nutrition Facts updates

AHPA to FDA: Clarify protein labeling

Although it generally supports the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) proposed Nutrition and Supplement Facts label changes, the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) urged the agency to adopt the Digestible...

CRN-I aims for new audience with supplement quality seminar set in Australia

The Council for Responsible Nutrition — International will reach a new audience with its annual supplement quality seminar with this year’s event set for Brisbane, Australia in October.

Research supports ever-wider role for vitamin D, CRN says

The outlook for vitamin D is getting ever brighter, as scientific results continue to pile up for the prohormone’s benefits.  The latest study on the relationship of vitamin D to...

Rock Creek suspends Anatabloc sales while it tries to resolve NDI issue

Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals, formerly doing business as Star Scientific, has suspended the sale of its Anatabloc antioxidant dietary supplement based on anatabine, a molecule found in cauliflower and other foods....

FDA removes another DMAA-containing supplement from market

Like a bad penny, DMAA keeps cropping up in the market.  In the most recent instance,  a company called Regenaca Worldwide has recalled diet capsules that contain the ingredient, which...

China's proposed food safety overhaul lacks clarity and detail, NPA says

China’s proposed changes in its food safety regulations, which also govern dietary supplements, are long on aspiration and short on specifics. That’s the opinion expressed by the Natural Products Association...

NYU professor questions supplements; vitamin D expert supports efficacy of oral forms

Does vitamin D belong on the Nutrition Facts panel?

FDA proposals to list "added sugars" on the Nutrition Facts panel have already generated heated debate, so it's unsurprising that its plan to include vitamin D is proving equally controversial,...

CRN, NPA submit comments on FDA's proposed changes to food, supplement labels

Both the Council for Responsible Nutrition and the Natural Products Association have submitted a comments on FDA’s proposed revisions for food and dietary supplement labels. 

Churning out new, good news can help dilute past bad marks such as a warning letter, experts say

Bad news has acquired a long shelf life in the age of the Internet. Companies that are involved in regulatory actions, such as receiving FDA warning letters, need to develop...

Fly-by-night weight loss marketer pays $500,000 to settle FTC claim

The marketers of a purported weight loss supplement called Double Shot have agreed to pay $500,000 in fines to settle a complaint brought by the Federal Trade Commission.

Despite extensive cancer claims, Noni fruit purveyor receives only warning letter from FDA

Puna Noni, a Hawaiian company marketing juice of the tropical Noni fruit, has received a warning letter from the Food and Drug Administration citing numerous violations, including cancer treatment claims...

Special edition: Cognitive health

Cognitive health claims range from sublime to ridiculous, experts say

When it comes to what’s an allowable claim in the realm of cognitive health, ignorance and confusion abound, experts say.

Cactus drink marketer to pay $3.5 million to settle FTC false advertising claims

The marketers of a cactus drink have agreed to pay $3.5 million to settle false advertising charges brought by the Federal Trade Commission. Such charges could be levied against many...

Industry group welcomes House committee approval of DASCA, even with last minute ‘technical changes’

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce has given final approval to H.R. 4771, the Designer Anabolic Steroid Control Act (DASCA) after making number of technical changes last night to...

EFSA health claim opinion

Science still matters to Kemin and DSM as EFSA rejects lutein-eye benefits for fourth time

Two years ago lutein player Kemin said it was, “baffled and annoyed”  when EFSA rejected its eye health claim that was already approved in France. This week the EU’s food science agency...

Focused mitigation strategies under FSMA costlier, but not safer, AHPA asserts

As part of its ongoing effort to influence the implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act, the American Herbal Products Association has submitted 30 pages of comments on the way...

Particulars of GRAS process leave it open to criticism, expert says

The GRAS process as it stands in the United States is vulnerable to criticism based on possible conflicts of interest and low-quality safety work, said Claire Kruger, PhD, president of...

Video: In light of FDA's reticence, professional help critical in NDI submissions

The submissions of New Dietary Ingredient notifications seems as fraught as ever, and part of the issue is that regulators are not as communicative as they could be, according to...

Lift of German kava ban, detailed in ABC article, expected to boost botanical in US market

An article published this week by the American Botanical Council lays out the story underlying a German court’s recent decision to lift a ban on kava, including the ways in...

Facebook and Twitter: FDA continues to monitor tweets and ‘likes’

A new warning letter from the Food and Drug Administration shows that the agency is continuing to scrutinize activity on Facebook and Twitter just as carefully as it is looking...

NPA's Fabricant: Growth of online supplement sales means pie is getting bigger

Kroger’s purchase of online retailing giant Vitacost.com is part of ongoing retailing consolidation in the dietary supplements and natural foods business.  But rather than viewing this process with alarm, as...

China

New draft law is a step in the right direction for supps exporters

A recent draft reform of China’s Food Safety Law, which is now available for public comment, is a great improvement for supplements exporters who have been increasingly frustrated at the...

News in brief

Federal judge approves consent decree with Mira Health Products

A federal judge in New York has signed a consent decree for permanent injunction between the United States and Mira Health Products Ltd., a dietary supplement manufacturer located in Farmingdale,...