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NPA tells DEA that Kratom poses threat to public health

Adding kratom to the US food supply could lead to serious unintended consequences as the US struggles with opioid addiction, says the Natural Products Association in comments submitted to the...

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Prop 65 warnings for aloe vera, non-decolorized whole leaf extract & goldenseal root powder effective Dec 4, 2016

A “clear and reasonable warning” must be used from December 4, 2016 on products being sold in California containing “Aloe vera, non-decolorized whole leaf extract” and “goldenseal root powder” compliant...

Despite generally good reputation, Peruvian anchovy fishery still not MSC certified

The vast majority of the world’s supply of omega-3 fatty acids comes from the Peruvian anchovy fishery.  As the fishery recovers from depressed stocks caused by an El Niño event,...

Bodybuilding.com urges FDA to reinstate GRAS self affirmation exemption in NDI guidance

Dietary supplement retailer bodybuilding.com  has asked the FDA to reaffirm the exemption that self-affirmed GRAS ingredients have from the NDI notification provision. The company has also suggested changes to the NDI master...

IPA petitions FDA on requiring CFUs for probiotic labeling

The International Probiotics Association has submitted a citizen petition to the FDA to require the labeling of probiotic ingredients in dietary supplements as colony forming units (CFUs) instead of by...

Special edition: Pre & Probiotics

Effort underway to better fit probiotics into regulatory structure

Regulatory definitions remain hazy for probiotics and prebiotics, but efforts are underway to further nail down where these ingredients fit within the overall structure that governs dietary supplements.

Novel fungi antioxidant l-ergothioneine is safe: EFSA

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has said l-ergothioneine is safe for use in food and supplements in a novel food evaluation that settles EU member state fears it may...

So some states legalized recreational marijuana. What’s in it for hemp?

Hemp and marijuana come from the same plant species, but in terms of psychoactive constituents, the two are very different. Will the recent legalization of recreational marijuana in some states...

Linnea requests FDA to withdrawal vinpocetine notice

Ingredient supplier Linnea has added its voice to the vinpocetine issue, submitting comments requesting the FDA to withdraw the tentative conclusion that vinpocetine cannot be used as a dietary ingredient....

Despite GOP legislative control, active industry engagement still critical, trade groups say

Donald Trump’s stunning upset victory has dumbfounded pundits both at home and abroad. But it is of less importance for the dietary supplement industry than the result of the down...

‘Pro business’ is best guess when looking at character of Trump administration

Donald Trump’s historic victory leaves dietary supplement industry observers wrestling with the question of what will be the character of his administration, when the candidate himself has taken so many...

Despite sluggish enforcement, FDA still prone to cite noncompliant delivery modes, expert says

FDA has not moved vigorously to police delivery formats that fall into gray areas, but that doesn’t mean that dietary supplement companies using these modes can assume they’re flying completely...

Trade groups urge FDA to reconsider stance on vinpocetine

Trade organizations representing the dietary supplement industry urged the Food and Drug Administration to reverse its tentative conclusion that vinpocetine, despite several successful NDI filings, is no longer a legal...

Ten things to change about DSHEA

If you could change one thing about the Dietary Supplements Health & Education Act, what would it be? Ten industry lawyers weighed in…

Senator Hatch urges withdrawal of vinpocetine notice

Dietary supplement champion Sen Orrin Hatch (R-UT) is calling for the withdrawal of a Federal Register Notice that questioned the regulatory status of vinpocetine as a new dietary ingredient.

Krill fishery unaffected (for now)

Fishing banned in world’s largest Marine Protected Area in Antarctica

Fishing will be banned in a newly protected area of the Southern Ocean in Antarctica the size of the UK and France combined following an agreement at a Commission for the Conservation...

Comments in FDA docket reveals consumers’ shifting perceptions of ‘healthy’

If the FDA’s decision to wade into the ‘natural’ debate seemed like an act of sadomasochism, its decision to re-examine the criteria underpinning ‘healthy’ claims on food labels looks set...

CRN to Health Canada: Don't try to fix NHP system if it ain't broke

The Council for Responsible Nutrition has submitted comments to a Health Canada that urges the agency not to scrap the existing product registration system but rather to further refine it...

Prop 65 private enforcers are just getting warmed up, attorney warns

The pace of Prop 65 suits in California continues to be brisk and settlement demands have been increasing, said a lawyer who represents dietary supplements in these actions.

NDI innovation 'pause' looks more like a freeze, UNPA chief says

According to UNPA president Loren Israelsen there has been plenty of recent innovation within the dietary supplement despite complaints to the contrary. But the NDI draft guidance could bring that...

DuPont: We want to see CFUs included for probiotic labeling

The Food and Drug Administration should include colony forming units or CFUs for probiotic labeling, says Amy Smith from DuPont, with a citizen’s petition a possible avenue for the change....

FDA's Welch: Industry continuing to fail on basic GMP compliance

The dietary supplement industry has not shown steady improvement on GMP compliance.  The same fundamental issues seem to crop up over and over, FDA official Cara Welch PhD said.

DEA ends emergency kratom listing, begins more protracted proceeding

Under the combined pressure of industry and lawmakers, the federal Drug Enforcement Administration has backed off its emergency listing of kratom to the schedule 1 list of controlled substances.

‘Several points in the NDI draft guidance should not apply to probiotics’: Expert

The NDI draft guidance contains several points that are potentially issues for probiotics, and there appears to be a disconnect with the GRAS (generally recognized as safe) process, says a...

ChromaDex CEO says new NDI guidance could be tool to clean up marketplace

The NDI draft guidance offers a workable road map for companies willing to provide the safety information already called for by law, according to one ingredient supplier.

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