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Immunity claims are next on FTC’s radar, says legal expert

Immunity is likely to be the next major focus for the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) as it closes its fist over fraudulent dietary supplement products, suggests a food...

Fierce clamp-down for swine flu supplements

Marc Ullman, partner at Ullman, Shapiro & Ullman tells what is in store for companies falsely marketing dietary supplements as preventions for swine flu.

Leading weight loss supplements linked to liver damage

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has initiated a massive recall of a top-selling American weight loss supplement brand, after a series of adverse event reports indicated that the...


Food safety reform: Not a century too soon

On a summer’s day in 1906 Theodore Roosevelt pushed through new food safety regulation. The Food and Drugs Act passed that day over 100 years ago was the last time...

Swine flu supplement fraud will not be tolerated, say regulators and industry

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) are warning consumers to stay away from supplements that claim to treat or prevent swine flu, and...

Dispatches from Supply Side East

GMP inspections likely to start by fall, says FDA

Although all medium-sized dietary supplement manufacturers in the US will be required to meet new GMP regulations as of June this year, FDA has said it is unlikely to start...

FTC settles Xenadrine weight loss case

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has reached agreement on a lawsuit it lodged against a US-based distributor in 2005 for marketing and distributing a product making misleading weight loss claims,...

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FDA lab tests find more tainted weight loss supplements

Lab tests conducted by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have identified 34 supplement products supplied by the same firm as containing undeclared sibutramine, a drug ingredient used for...

Obama nominates USDA nutrition and research undersecretaries

President Obama made two appointments within the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Friday, to run the department’s public nutrition programs, and to oversee US agricultural research and education.

FTC Kellogg censor a warning to industry

The Kellogg company has removed adverts stating its cereals were clinically proven to boost children’s concentration by almost one fifth, after the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) took issue with the...

FTC testimonial amendments unnecessary, says CRN

The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) has urged the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to reconsider proposed amendments to rules regarding the use of testimonials and endorsements in marketing materials...

FDA still reviewing functional food regulatory requirements

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says it is still reviewing comments on how functional foods should be regulated, before considering further actions.

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FDA looks for ways to prevent adulteration of food, supplements

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is to hold a meeting designed to find ways to prevent the adulteration of food for economic reasons.

Dannon could settle probiotic claims challenge out-of-court

Dannon, the US arm of French dairy giant Danone, is settling class actions mounted against it for making false and misleading probiotic health claims, according to press reports.

Regulation and health claims for functional foods

Functional foods in the US are not legally defined as a distinct category, which has generated a confusing regulatory framework. In this article, provides a break-down of the...

Canada takes risk-based approach to food-drug borderline

The Canadian food and drugs regulator has issued guidance to assist the classification of those foods that, due to their associated health benefits may be classed as medicines, with an...

CSPI warns consumers off acai scams

  Consumers are being duped into purchasing acai products with bogus credit card schemes and exaggerated health and nutrition claims, according to the healthy food advocate, Consumers for Science in the...

FDA updates its weight loss hit list

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has again expanded its nationwide alert to consumers about weight loss products that contain undeclared – and often very harmful – pharmaceutical ingredients.

Guest article

What Obama means for functional foods and supplements: Part II

 The second article in a series examining the impact of a new Congress on the functional food and supplements industries takes a close look at the new FDA Commissioner and...

Omega-3 nutrient content claims valid until at least 2012

Foods fortified with omega-3 will be able to continue using a nutrient content claim until at least 2012, despite FDA’s proposed prohibition of the claim.

Why omega-3 nutrient claims are important, GOED

A proposed ruling to prohibit the use of omega-3 nutrient content claims would generate consumer confusion by limiting the ways in which manufacturers can communicate meaningful omega-3 references on their...

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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.

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