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Burcon files for more Clarisoy patents

Burcon NutraScience Corporation hopes to protect the use of its soy protein ingredient in powdered beverages with additional patent coverage in the US.

FDA approves vitamin D fortification of soy foods

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has amended its food additive regulations to allow for soy-based foods and drinks to be fortified with vitamin D.

USDA says American ginseng must be COOL

  All ginseng entering the US market is now required to be labeled with its country of origin after a US Department of Agriculture final rule kicked in today.

Obama picks Hamburg to head FDA

President Obama has named his pick for Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner: Food safety and bioterrorism expert Dr Margaret Hamburg.

Juice additive criticism stirs label concerns

As the addition of herbal products and antioxidants in products like juices comes under the scrutiny of consumer groups, one supplement association says some drinks may require detailed labelling to...

Proliant obtains GRAS for ImmunoLin

Proliant Health and Biologicals’ bovine globulin ingredient, ImmunoLin, has achieved self-affirmed generally-recognised as safe (GRAS) status, paving the way for its use in functional foods and beverages.

Dispatches from Expo West

CRN: GMP blind spots remain

The staggered implementation of America’s controversial GMP rules is underway and due for completion in June, 2010. For the Council for Responsible Nutrition’s VP of regulatory and scientific affairs, Andrew...

Dispatches from Expo West

GOED prepares petition for omega-3 RDA

Omega-3 trade group Global Organization for EPA and DHA (GOED) is preparing to petition the US Institute of Medicine (IOM) to establish a recommended daily allowance for the nutritional lipid....

GAO supplements report generates mixed response

Consumer activists claim a GAO report on the oversight of dietary supplements confirms that regulatory loopholes plague the industry, while trade bodies say the report makes unrealistic recommendations to improve...

GAO supplements report calls for tighter regulation

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has made significant progress in regulating dietary supplements, but the agency is still lacking basic information to keep the products – and...

Enviga (alone) doesn’t promote weight loss

  Coca-Cola and Nestle have agreed to alter the marketing for their energy-burning, green tea-based energy drink, Enviga, after agreeing a settlement with a number of US states that protested its...

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IADSA hosts Latin American supplements event

Global dietary supplements regulations and their relation to markets in South America was the theme of an event of a congress hosted by the International Alliance of Dietary/Food Supplement Associations...

US government creates databases for supplement info

US government agencies have joined forces to create a database of dietary supplement ingredients and brands, designed to provide publically available information on the levels of different ingredients in...

How the US stimulus bill impacts food: Part II

Indirect benefits of the economic stimulus bill signed by President Obama earlier this month are set to filter through to manufacturers of food, beverage and supplement products – especially the...

How the US stimulus bill impacts food: Part I

The economic stimulus bill signed last week by President Obama is expected to promote food production and consumption through its provision for a nutrition supplementation program, according to an expert...

FDA warns against Venom sibutramine supplements

  The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned the US public against a weight loss dietary supplement called Venom Hyperdrive 3.0 because it contains the banned pharmaceutical ingredient, sibutramine.

NAD balls Dannon over healthy yogurt marketing

French dairy giant Danone’s US subsidiary, Dannon, has been told to alter advertising for a yogurt product by the voluntary advertising watchdog, the National Advertising Division of the Council of...

FTC cracks down on ‘negative option’ marketing

   The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has settled with two weight loss dietary supplement companies it found to be exploiting consumers by offering them free trials that led to unwanted product...

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Blue California notifies FDA of GRAS for its stevia ingredient

Blue California has notified the FDA of GRAS for its stevia-based Reb-A sweetener and has said that it is confident of receiving a letter of non-objection after two other...

Obama pledges ‘complete review’ of FDA

President Obama has said in a televised interview that his administration will conduct a complete review of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to prevent future lapses in food...

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Nut so good - tainted US food system needs revamping

E. coli in ground beef, melamine in infant formula, and salmonella in peanut butter - what is next? Isn’t it about time the slices of the US food safety pie...

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FDA provides recall information via Twitter

The FDA has started using the social networking site Twitter to communicate its recall updates, market withdrawals and safety alerts.

FDA finds vitamin B6 form not legal in supplements

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ruled that the vitamin B6 compound, pyridoxamine dihydrochloride, cannot be used in dietary supplements.

NY bill seeks extra labeling on supplements

The New York State Assembly is to amend its agriculture and markets law to require dietary and nutritional supplement manufacturers to label products as tested or untested by the...

RFI undergoes GMP audit in consumer confidence mission

A US-supplier of functional ingredients and supplements has successfully completed an audit of its manufacturing facilities as part of NSF International’s Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) Registration program.

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