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Ex FDA commissioners say their hands were tied while they were at agency

Dietary supplement regulations are insufficient to adequately regulate the industry, according to a report about what was said at a meeting of six former FDA commissioners.

NPA, CRN claim efforts helped derail move to pile on more regulations in Puerto Rico

A bill that would have set into stone onerous requirements on dietary supplements in Puerto Rico has been set aside, and two trade associations are taking credit for helping to...

‘Impactful meaningful self-regulation’: CRN & NAD celebrate 10 years of advertising program

With over 250 completed advertising challenges, the Council for Responsible Nutrition Foundation (CRNF) and National Advertising Division (NAD) is celebrating a successful decade of self-regulatory program on advertising.

Is your product a supplement, or a food? Don’t let FDA decide for you

A recent warning letter to a company making powdered protein products emphasizes once again the importance of being consistent in the concept of your product and the messaging that is...

Attention given to preventing adulteration on the rise, but has that curbed the problem?

Is the dietary supplement industry getting a handle on the adulteration issue?  The baseline data does not exist to be able to say one way or another. But sources agree...

Federal GMO labeling bill hailed as 'true compromise,' but critics say it's woefully inadequate

Attempts to reach a federal GMO labeling solution have failed miserably to date. However, a bipartisan deal requiring mandatory GMO labeling (via smartlabels, symbols or as yet undetermined wording) thrashed...

NPA says grass roots campaign helped head off Blumenthal amendment

The Natural Products Association credits a grass roots campaign it organized for helping to defeat an amendment that would have restricted soldiers’ access to dietary supplements.

FDA takes company to task over medical food for macular degeneration

A warning letter from FDA emphasizes again that medical foods must meet very specific requirements in order to qualify for that status.

PLT assembles dossier of memory claims for Synapsa ingredient

Memory claims are a potential pitfall for marketers of cognitive health products. One ingredient supplier has made navigating those troubled waters easier.

Sibutramine cited in FDA warning letter on weight loss products

It’s been said that the poor will ever be with us. So too, it seems, will undeclared pharmaceutical ingredients, as FDA has issued yet another warning letter to a marketer...

FTC cites another 'fake news' weight loss marketing scheme

The fake news site scam reared its head again in the weight loss sector again recently as the Federal Trade Commission charged  Florida-based supplement marketers of defrauding consumers.

White House announces $121 million National Microbiome Initiative

The Obama administration announced a multi-million investment to accelerate better understanding of microbiomes in all fields of the life sciences. 

Warning letter provides insight into labeling responsibilities

A warning letter to a company called Rocky Fork Formulas has particular insights for the labeling operations in the dietary supplement responsibility chain.

McCaskill's push for FDA review of herb/chemotherapy interactions called an intrusion into doctor/patient relationship

Industry stakeholders called Sen. Claire McCaskill’s recent call for FDA scrutiny of supplement interactions with chemotherapy treatments unnecessary and an intrusion on doctor/patient relationships.

Amendment to limit military access to dietary supplements withdrawn

An amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to impose restrictions on the sale of dietary supplements at military base commissaries has been withdrawn. 

What is natural? Over to you, FDA...

The comment period for the FDA’s probe into ‘natural’ claims has closed, leaving the agency with the unenviable task of sifting through a mammoth pile of submissions from thousands of...

FDA’s new dietary supplement office should focus on tainted products, GMPs & NDIs, industry leaders say

With the recent elevation of dietary supplement oversight from a division to its own office at FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, the agency should renew its focus...

Supreme Court affirms FTC's position that POM's claims were unsupported

The US Supreme Court has declined to take up the FTC vs POM case. The action in effect affirms FTC's prior determinations that POM misled consumers in the advertising of...

April 2016 NEWS QUIZ: Are you up to speed with the latest supplement industry news?

What is GOED’s recommendation for EPA + DHA per day? A publication from which university got blasted for an article calling supplements ‘suspect’ and ‘useless’? 

ProbioTech’s citizen petition calls for probiotic suppository to be included in supplement definition

The FDA defines supplements as something ingested. ProbioTech is petitioning an amendment to the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act 1994 (DSHEA) to ensure that suppositories are included in the...

CRN seeks tweaks to proposed Prop 65 changes in bid to cut lawsuits off at the pass

The Council for Responsible Nutrition has filed comments with officials in California in an effort to blunt the effect of proposed changes to Prop 65 which could add new burdens...

CSPI makes second call to FDA for ban of high potency caffeine retail sales

The Center for Science in the Public Interest has called on the Food and Drug Administration to ban the sale of high potency caffeine products to consumers. Despite FDA’s warning...

GRAS process for evaluating ingredient safety threatens FDA’s mission, Sen. Markey argues

The “loose structure” and voluntary process for companies to self-determine if new ingredients are “generally recognized as safe” without required input from FDA undermines the agency’s ability to ensure the...

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Regulation of Probiotics in the USA: Food

The United States Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) regulation of products containing probiotics is complex and largely depends on the claims that are made for the product. For example, they...

Over double safe niacin content in recalled MusclePharm supplement

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has warned against MusclePharm’s pre-workout Assault Hybrid supplements after it was found they contained over double the safe upper limit for niacin.

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