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Trade groups claim victory on Puerto Rican product registration, fee plan

An onerous administrative order in Puerto Rico has been pushed further onto the back burner, according to press reports and industry trade association communications.

SupplySide West 2016: The top picks from the education sessions

With the world’s largest natural products supply show less than two weeks away, NutraIngredients-USA trawls through the education program and gives you our top picks for Las Vegas.

Special edition: botanicals

NDI guidance will dampen innovation in botanicals, experts say

The NDI draft guidance as written will squelch innovation in botanical ingredients, experts have said.

NPA to develop ‘safe harbor’ list for dietary ingredients

In response to the recently re-released NDI draft guidance, the Natural Products Association (NPA) has said it is in the later stages of developing a comprehensive safe harbor list of...

Warning letter provides lesson in what not to do when citing science

A recent FDA warning letter to a company selling noni products provides a quick précis for what not to do when trying to support your product with science, said an...

FDA hints at how conventional foods can make structure/function claims

For the first time, FDA weighs in on what marketers must have on hand to support claims about conventional foods’ direct impact on consumers’ bodies. 

More NDI training needed: A pulse on the dietary supplements industry

More than half (56%) of dietary supplement professionals said they haven’t read the Aug. 11 NDI guidance—and 6% said they haven’t read it, but told their boss that they did.

From nanotechnology to master files, 5 things to think about from FDA's new NDI draft guidance

From ingredient combinations to supercritical CO2 extraction to nanotechnology, here are some things to note from the new NDI draft guidance FDA released Aug. 11.

Guest article

NDIs: When to file, what FDA wants to see, and how companies can protect themselves

Over the last few years, the FDA has zeroed in on the dietary supplement industry.  It has taken numerous actions against dietary supplements where it believes the ingredients pose health...

Australian nutrition industry cheers landmark changes to regulation

Australia’s natural nutrition and complementary health industry has received a “once in a lifetime” boost after the government gave the green light to a raft of changes to how businesses...

Walmart to eliminate ‘independent verification’ statement from Spring Valley Supplements

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will remove the “Verified by an independent, certified laboratory” statement from its store-brand Spring Valley dietary supplement labels, following an agreement with Iowa’s Attorney General.

FDA rules vinpocetine not a legal dietary ingredient despite successful NDI filings

In what has been called an ‘unprecedented’ move, the Food and Drug Administration has initiated a proceeding to take vinpocetine off the market despite a number of successful NDI notifications...

News in brief

Health Canada approves health claim for Sabinsa’s probiotic LactoSpore

Despite 20 years on the market, there continues to be emerging clinical evidence on the probiotic strain.

News in brief

DEA puts kratom on schedule 1 drugs list

The Drug Enforcement Administration has put mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine, the active constituents of kratom, on its list of schedule 1 banned drugs, a list that includes heroin and LSD.

Focus in NDI draft on supercritical CO2's 'newness' ignores its safety, quality, proponents say

Advocates of supercritical CO2 extraction are dismayed that FDA singled this process out in its updated draft guidance on New Dietary Ingredients. This results from an overzealous adherence to the...

FDA investigating supplements with unsafe lead levels

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is investigating a dietary supplement found to contain dangerous lead levels.

FTC seeks injunction against prolific publisher of 'predatory' journals

The Federal Trade Commission has taken action against the publisher of a large number of what it calls ‘predatory’ scientific journals. The complaint alleges the publisher lies about the journals’...

NPA asks for NDI comment period extension

The Natural Products Association is asking FDA to add 30 days to the comment period on the updated New Dietary Ingredients draft guidance.

Guest article

Embracing the future: The dietary supplement industry comes of age

Duffy MacKay of CRN argues that there is much in FDA's newly released New Dietary Ingredients draft guidance that represents a step forward for the industry.

Literature from trade show booth puts company in hot water with FDA

A recent FDA warning letter emphasizes the importance of maintaining consistent messaging about a product to avoid crossing the disease claims line.

Twinlab CEO bolsters connection to 'ecosystem' by inviting Utah AG for a visit

There is a thread of rhetoric in the supplement industry about being an ‘above board’ company.  Twinlab CEO Naomi Whittel decided to take that notion to the next level by...

New name would 'improve consumer understanding and promote clear food labeling' says Unilever

Unilever, CSPI support NuTek potassium salt petition, but the Salt Institute urges FDA to reject it ‘in the strongest terms’

Unilever and The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) have both voiced their support for a citizen’s petition asking the FDA to permit ‘potassium salt’ as an alternate...

UNPA on the NDI draft guidance: ‘The economic cost to industry could be billions of dollars’

In addition to the areas that require clarification, the dietary supplement industry should look carefully and cautiously at the revised draft guidance for new dietary ingredient notifications, specifically at the...

Self-affirmed GRAS omitted from new NDI draft guidance

The devil is in the detail, and one detail easily missed in the new draft guidance for new dietary ingredient notifications is that self-affirmed GRAS is no longer mentioned as...

Comment

NDIs: The biggest changes may be on the industry side

The new NDI draft guidance is very similar to the previous version, and yet the howls of outrage heard in 2011 are silent. What’s changed? Well, a lot…

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