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‘Bananas!’ Academic compares supplements to Big Tobacco, calls for more state & local legislation

More stringent state or local-level laws could enhance regulation of dietary supplements, says a new academic paper that also compares the industry to Big Tobacco.

‘An interesting interpretation’: Does a concentrate of an ODI need an NDI?

A concentrate of an old dietary ingredient may need to file a new dietary ingredient notification, according to a new warning letter from the US Food and Drug Administration about...

Put expectations of suppliers' GMP compliance culture into writing as part of contract, experts advise

Beefing up supply chain management has been a mantra in dietary supplement industry meetings over recent months.  For that to be most effective, it needs to include a consideration of...

FDA denies GMO labeling petition: What matters is the characteristics of the food itself, not the process by which it was made

The FDA has rejected a citizen’s petition calling for mandatory labeling of foods from genetically engineered crops, arguing that labels are not warranted unless there is a material difference in...

Forum delves into state of inflammation claims enforcement and research backing for those claims

How can you best show an anti inflammatory effect for a dietary supplement, and, having proved that, what can you say about that effect? Participants in a recent NutraIngredients-USA forum,...

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IPA – ANVISA workshop to explore probiotic regulations & industry in Brazil

Delegates from the International Probiotics Association and the Brazilian regulatory authorities ANVISA will discuss the science and regulatory landscape for probiotics at an upcoming workshop.

Rapidity with which banned substances change names, alter chemical guises complicates testing, experts say

The recent coordinated crackdown by federal regulators on the dietary supplement industry shined a harsh light on supply chain vulnerabilities. Finding the sort of fraudulent ingredients mentioned during Tuesday’s news...

Once it gets warmed up, government can wield big hammer, former prosecutor says

The USPLabs case demonstrates the tools investigators and prosecutors can bring to bear when looking into the dealings of a dietary supplement company, a former prosecutor says.

DOJ indicts USPLabs as part of nationwide crackdown on fraudulent ingredients, illegal claims

The Department of Justice announced a criminal indictment of sports supplement maker USPLabs and several of its executives at a news conference in Washington, DC today as part of a...

Trade associations unanimous in support of DoJ/FTC/FDA crackdown

Dietary supplement trade associations have universally welcomed the Department of Justice’s nationwide sweep targeting more than 100 makers and marketers of dietary supplements for alleged fraudulent ingredients and illegal claims.

The new DMAA: DMBA warnings spread to EU

The Swedish Food Safety Authority (NFA) has urged consumers not to buy products containing DMBA – a novel substance used to replace the banned stimulant DMAA.

‘It’s embarrassing that it’s come to this’: FDA inactivity prompts McCaskill to ask retailers to voluntarily pull any and all picamilon supplements

Senator Claire McCaskill has written to 10 retailers to ask them to voluntarily remove any dietary supplements containing picamilon, ‘after weeks of inaction by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’.

What is 'natural'? FDA finally weighs into the debate

FDA seeks comments on use of the term ‘natural’ on food labels

Having studiously avoided this food labeling minefield for years, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has surprised many in the trade by seeking comments on the definition of a word...

GNC lays out initiative for supplement industry meant to recapture quality narrative

GNC laid out a blueprint for the dietary supplement industry for a quality initiative including pre-market product registration at a meeting last week in Salt Lake City. The initiative builds...

Dr Cohen, CSPI & CRN join Attorneys General to discuss herbal supplements

Attention from State Attorneys General is expected to continue and even increase, with a recent meeting of the National Association of Attorneys General’s in St Louis hosting a public session...

Supplement firm still in operation despite slew of disease claims, GMP violations

A warning letter issued last month to dietary supplement firm Sound Healing Arts illustrates what’s wrong with the current enforcement picture at FDA, says an industry observer.

Special edition: Regulatory Focus

Sharfstein floats new regulatory framework dialing in on safety and backing off on claims

Former FDA official Dr Joshua Sharfstein, MD, has proposed a new paradigm for the regulation of dietary supplements. The underlying shift would be a move from an attitude of “benefit...

Special Edition: Regulatory Focus

Federal court rebuffs FTC effort to apply pharmaceutical standards to dietary supplement substantiation

The decision in the Bayer Corp. contempt case has important implications for the dietary supplement industry, say attorneys Steven Shapiro and Marc Ullman in this guest article: 

CRN exploring development of registry of dietary supplements

The Board of the Council for Responsible Nutrition has adopted the proposal to move forward with a registry of dietary supplements, which could be a relatively quick process if an...

General Mills blasts ‘unprecedented’ FDA added sugars proposal: ‘We respectfully ask FDA to pause’

Food manufacturers remain sharply divided over FDA proposals to crack down on added sugar, with General Mills and other big names such as Kellogg and Unilever strongly opposed; and Nestlé,...

FDA's action in picamilon case sets bad precedent, CRN's Mister says

The declaration from FDA on picamilon that formed part of the lawsuit filed by the Oregon Attorney General sets a troubling precedent, said Steve Mister of  the Council for Responsible...

Oregon AG suit raises risk for ingredients with fuzzy legal standing, experts say

The lawsuit filed by the Oregon Attorney General raises overall risk for the supplements industry and could mean that a number of niche ingredients could disappear from the market, experts...

Inflammation: Key lessons for what you can and cannot say (and when and how to say it)

Experts from the Natural Products Association, Metagenics, Penn State University, and Greenberg Traurig LLP will discuss the opportunities and challenges of marketing products positioned for inflammation in the FREE-TO-ATTEND NutraIngredients-USA...

Updated: GNC responds

GNC shares drop 15% after Oregon AG alleges use of "illegal" ingredients in products

The Oregon Attorney General has sued GNC over the sale of supplements that include picamilon and BMPEA. The announcement of the case caused GNC’s share price to plummet leading to...

Special edition: Regulatory Focus

FSMA addresses a gap between dietary supplements and dietary ingredients

Attorney Jason Sapsin shows how new FSMA rules apply directly to dietary ingredient firms that were exempted from GMP requirements that apply to supplement companies.

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