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Senior FDA & FTC officials to share insights at CRN’s The Conference

FDA’s Ted Elkin and FTC’s Mary Engle will present key regulatory insights at The Conference, hosted by the Council for Responsible Nutrition, October 21–24 at The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage, in...

Herbalife files action against Twitter seeking ID of user who sent allegedly defamatory tweets

A court action filed by network marketing giant Herbalife against the online messaging firm Twitter points out the risks posed to brands by social media, said an expert on the...

GMA: 'HR 1599 protects the consumer from a costly and confusing 50 state patchwork of labeling laws'

House passes Pompeo bill that would prevent state-mandated GMO labeling

The US House of Representatives has passed the industry-backed voluntary GMO labeling bill - The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act 2015 - by 275 votes to 150, and rejected...

Is calling a product a 'dietary supplement' compliant with labeling regs? FDA seems divided on the issue

A glitch in FDA labeling regulations has silently been biding its time to sow confusion among dietary supplement companies. The issue is how to identify a product as a dietary...

Eight things to know about the Pompeo voluntary GMO labelling Act

There are two bills about GMO labeling floating around Congress, but the momentum appears behind the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015. Here are eight things to know...

Pompeo’s GMO labeling act gets House Agriculture Committee approval

Efforts to prevent state and local governments from mandating GMO labeling cleared an early hurdle with House Agriculture Committee’s approval this week of the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act....

McCaskill calls memory claims 'disgusting' in wake of FTC settlement with supplement marketer

A newly strident critic of the dietary supplement industry, Senator Claire McCaskill, D-MO, levied another attack on the way the business is regulated in the wake of a fine levied...

New developments in sports certification field as competition heats up

Competition is heating up in the sports certification field, as several companies offering verification schemes that test for banned substances announced developments recently.

‘Own label product distributors have to understand that ultimate responsibility lies with them’: Experts

Many own label product distributors remain ignorant about their responsibilities under good manufacturing practice (GMPs) when using contract manufacturers and Quality Agreements are still not widely enough used, say industry...

AHPA helps amend Louisiana laws that unfairly banned some herbal ingredients

The American Herbal Products Association has succeeded in helping to pass an amendment in Louisiana that restores to legal commerce certain herbs that have been legally marketed as dietary supplements...

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...

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