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Industry backs FDA supplement clamp-down

The dietary supplements industry has applauded a move by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to clamp down on products making bogus cancer cure claims.

The true state of comments to GSK's weight loss petition

Last week, mistakenly reported that comments to the GSK weight loss petition were sparse. A re-examination of data reveals that public comments have been flooding in, with the large...

Placebo supplement spawns opposition

A placebo dietary supplement aimed at soothing children's pains has been criticized as being 'unlawful' and 'unethical'.

Comments still sparse to GSK weight loss petition has published an update to this article here .    The controversial drug petition that threatens to squeeze dietary supplements out of the weight loss market has as yet generated...

NAD clamp-down highlights growing self-regulation

The advertising review body NAD has requested changes to the marketing of a virus-blocking supplement, a move that highlights the growing focus by industry on self-regulation.

FDA urged to ban artificial colors linked to hyperactivity

Artificial colors linked to increased hyperactivity in children are the "secret shame" of the food industry and should be banned by FDA, consumer activists have said.

FDA requires bakery group allergen-action

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given a natural baked goods manufacturer 15 days to provide information on changes made to its allergen labelling policy for some of...

FDA must clarify drug-supplement borderline, says AHPA

The launch of a plant sterol-aspirin combination product being marketed as both a dietary supplement and a drug, highlights a legal grey area that requires refinement, according to the American...

FDA adds isomaltulose to tooth decay benefitting claim

The Food and Drug Administration has added isomaltulose to a list of "non-cariogenic carbohydrate sweeteners" that can claim non-promotion of dental carries.  

Seminar to focus on health claims in Asia, Europe

Health claims regulation in major global markets, particularly Europe and Asia, will be the focus of a half-day seminar to be held next month.

News focus: Weight loss claims

The wider implications of GSK's weight loss petition

The recent GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) attack on weight loss supplements could be setting off the first domino that will push back the boundaries of the dietary supplement market, according to industry...

Lead contamination not an issue, says Herbalife

Californian-based supplements manufacturer and distributor Herbalife has hit back at allegations six of its products are unsafe and in breach of Californian contaminants law due to lead levels.

Canadian industry continues supplements bill protests

The Canadian natural foods industry has embarked on a major lobbying campaign, calling for an overhaul to legislation that could place pharmaceutical controls on dietary supplements.

Herbalife lead levels draw attention

Supplements manufacturer Herbalife has been accused of exceeding lead limits established under California's controversial Proposition 65 regulations.

The drug threat to weight loss supplements

Robinson Pharma marketing vice president, Kenn Israel, discusses the recent GlaxoSmithKline petition for weight loss claims be treated as disease claims, and the potential impact of this on the dietary...

Canadian health products bill draws criticism

Legislative amendments being fast-tracked through the Canadian parliament that place pharmaceutical controls on the dietary supplements industry are raising alarm among industry.

News focus: Weight loss claims

GSK petition claims weight loss supplements have no science

A petition by drug firm GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) requesting that weight loss claims be treated as disease claims maintains that there is no credible science to back up weight loss ingredients...

News focus: Weight loss claims

Drug petition could strip supplements of weight loss claims

A petition filed with the US FDA calling for the agency to treat weight loss claims as disease claims could wipe the weight loss category from the dietary supplement map.

Brown rice wins FDA health claim

Brown rice has been added to the FDA-approved list of whole grains that may make health claims including reducing the risk of heart disease and some cancers.

Industry objects to Proposition 65 on beneficial nutrients

Food and supplement industry groups have strongly protested against draft regulatory language on Proposition 65 warnings for nutrients that are beneficial to human health but that are also thought to...

NSF amends supplement standards ahead of FDA deadlines

Leading US third party certifier NSF has updated its national standards on Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) for dietary supplement production, ahead of soon to be enforced revisions to quality standards...

Opportunities for heart health on FDA soluble fibre amendment

Fresh opportunities for food makers to tap into soaring heart health market are opening up as FDA extends use of soluble fibre health claim to include certain whole oat products...

CRN backs RDA approach to nutrient level setting

Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDAs) provide the best model for guiding proposed rule-making in regard to Daily Values, according to the Council for Responsible Nutrition.

Special edition: Probiotic regulations and claims

Probiotic regulations in the Asia Pacific

The final installment of a regional series exploring probiotics regulations looks at the Asia Pacific.

Special edition: Probiotic regulations and claims

Negotiating Europe's probiotic claim laws

The third article in this series on probiotics looks at the regulatory situation in the world's biggest and most developed probiotic market - Europe.

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