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EFSA provides update to ‘contradictory’ health claims advice

Contradictory advice on submitting probiotic health claims on immunity, pathogens and gastrointestinal functions, has led to scientific studies that fail to establish risk factors of a disease, a European Food...

Industry must engage AGs early to reduce litigation risk, experts advise

Proactively educating attorneys general and candidates running for the position about the positive attributes and contributions of dietary supplements could help industry stay out of their litigation cross-hairs in the...

Omega Pharma criticised for pushing poor body image in slimming ads

The UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) says adverts for Omega Pharma’s weight management aid presents an “irresponsible approach to body image and confidence”.

AHPA comments on proposed California Prop 65 warning changes

Despite multiple public comments and the latest revisions in California’s Prop 65 proposal, the wording still isn’t clear enough, the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) contends.

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NIFA grants to fund research projects

More than $30m in grants will be awarded to fund 80 projects in areas including food safety, through USDA's Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI).

FDA declines petition, sticks with soy protein’s heart health claim

The FDA will not revoke soy protein's health claims, as requested by a citizen petition. But the agency also admits that there will still be ongoing review on the ingredient....

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Trade association opposes U.S. Customs proposal to reclassify certain bilberry and blueberry extracts

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) submitted a comment to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), expressing their opposition to proposals that would “change the tariff classification of certain bilberry...


More consumers seek out products with ‘natural’ label, whatever it means

A survey conducted last month revealed that 62% of Americans buy products labelled “natural,” thinking they are buying something they are not.

Prop 65: NPA responds to language of proposed Article 6 changes with ‘significant concerns’

The Natural Products Association said in a release that the new Article 6 of California’s Prop 65 would “limit consumer access, cost jobs, and harm the economy.”

WHO report backs a tax on sugary drinks to halt child obesity

A report commissioned by the World Health Organisation (WHO) backs a tax on sugary drinks, mandatory nutrient labelling and restrictions on marketing to children in a bid to tackle the child obesity...

Continual magic bullet view of DNA barcoding frustrates testing expert

A recently aired media report once again seemed to elevate DNA testing to magic bullet status. It’s a development that dismays Danica Harbaugh Reynaud, PhD, one of the foremost experts...

New Jersey makes it easier for MDs to distribute supplements in move abetted by CRN

The New Jersey state legislature recently passed a law making it easier for health practitioners to integrate the use of dietary supplements into their practices. It’s a move that was...

New kid on EU sports nutrition block?

Finish line in sight for D-ribose novel food application

The UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) has called for feedback on its positive draft novel food opinion for sports nutrition ingredient D-ribose.

AHPA, UNPA hire former state AG to make industry's case at meetings of state officials

The American Herbal Products Association and the United Natural Products Alliance have teamed up to engage state attorneys general who as a group have become more active in regards to...

Vermont AG office announces authorized companies to verify GMO-free claims

There will be two companies authorized to verify GMO-free claims in Vermont. Some experts worry about application backlog to meet the July 1 deadline, while others say it’s a step...

Frontline TV segment bashing supplements called 'patently dishonest' by NPA chief

The national investigative TV program Frontline segment that aired last night was a rehash of familiar criticisms of the supplement industry, and was in part “patently dishonest,” according to NPA executive director...

Article that equates supplement industry with Big Tobacco called 'reckless' by former state AG

An article in a scientific journal that equates the dietary supplement industry’s interaction with regulators to that of the tobacco industry has been called “scurrilous” and “reckless” by industry observers....

Consulting firm rolls out monitoring tool to help with FSMA compliance

Record keeping can be the bane of the compliant manufacturer’s existence. The Food Safety Modernization Act will impose further burdens, which can be streamlined with a service being rolled out...

FDA's move to seize products from foreign firms failing GMPs seen as important first step

A recent move by the Food and Drug Administration to detain products without examination from  foreign firms that have failed GMP inspections is welcome step toward "draining the swamp," said United Natural...

Dietary guidelines seen as big win for supplements, step forward for omega-3s

The new dietary guidelines release by the US Department of Health and Human Services are seen as a win for the concept of supplementation, and helped boost the fortunes of...

Plan by Durbin and Blumenthal for new supplement legislation significant but not unexpected, trade associations say

News that Senators Dick Durbin and Richard Blumenthal plan to introduce legislation for the dietary supplement industry came as no surprise to executives of industry trade associations.

EFSA rejects Echinacea extract and anxiety claim

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has rejected a health claim application from two Hungarian companies for an Echinacea root extract and the reduction of anxiety.

NPA objects to EPA's classification of leftover supplements as 'hazardous waste pharmaceuticals'

The Natural Products Association has objected to a move by the Environmental Protection Agency that would classify leftover dietary supplements as ‘hazardous waste pharmaceuticals.’

FDA seizes $400,000 worth of kratom products in Illinois

Despite an import ban on the substance, kratom-containing products continue to find their way into the country. In the latest action, the Food and Drug Administration has seized 90,000 bottles...

CRN suggests improvements to national supplement label database

The Dietary Supplement Label Database could be a more useful and comprehensive tool with a few changes, the Council for Responsible Nutrition said.

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