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CRN issues formulation guidelines on use of melatonin in sleep support products

The Council for Responsible Nutrition has issued new formulation and labeling guidelines for members who are marketing melatonin supplements targeting sleep support, the organization announced yesterday.

FDA cites 47 separate disease claims in warning letter to Wyoming firm

In another example of what can happen when the FDA steps through the doors, dietary supplement manufacturer Country Doctor Herbals has received a warning letter from the Food and Drug...

DGAC defends the scientific basis of its recommendation, fights back against limiting legislation

Members of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee uncharacteristically fight back against criticism of its recommendations and ask Congress to drop proposed legislation that would effectively block regulators from acting...

FDA outlines when firms do not need to label major food allergens

Manufacturers do not need to label major food allergens if they can prove to FDA prior to distribution that the production process eliminates allergenic proteins from the product or that...

Victory! Blumenthal/Durbin’s amendments to limit military access to supplements fail to make final bill

Amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act to limit military access to dietary supplements will not be included in the final bill after failing to make it to the floor vote, NutraIngredients-USA...

Dr Taylor Wallace: ‘DSHEA needs to be updated to better protect consumers, but premarket approval isn't the answer’

The laws governing dietary supplements must expand and evolve to protect consumers from potential harm and misleading communication, says Dr Taylor Wallace.

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe

US market is faster, but not lower quality or less ethical than Europe, consultant says

In the wake of the New York Attorney General affair, one question that has been raised is whether barriers to entry in the US market are too low, and give...

News in brief

ABC offers exhaustive look at history, implications of NYAG affair

The American Botanical Council has released an in-depth look at the history and implications of the New York Attorney General affair on the organization’s website.  The 9,500-word article, containing 71...

Industry opposes Durbin/Blumenthal amendments to limit military access to dietary supplements

The Natural Products Association and the Council for Responsible Nutrition are rallying support against amendments to the Department of Defense 2016 spending bill to limit military access to dietary supplements. The spending bill is...

NY and IN AG urge FDA to ‘overhaul’ supplement regulations

The Attorneys General for New York and Indiana have urged the US Food and Drug Administration to immediately enhance its oversight of dietary supplements by reforming current Good Manufacturing Practices...

Opinion

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...

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