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GMP inspections could focus on Utah, California

The focus of FDA’s GMP inspections of dietary supplement manufacturing facilities will likely take a short-term focus on the Utah area and Southern California, according to inside sources.

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Fraud supplement makers fined $16m

Manufacturers of dietary supplements have been ordered to pay a fine of almost $16m in the latest case of uncovered deceptive marketing.

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Weight loss book author ordered to pay $37m

Infomercial marketer Kevin Trudeau has been ordered to pay $37m for making false claims about weight loss in a book.

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UNPA to hold mock FDA inspection workshop

The supplement trade group United Natural Products Alliance (UNPA) will hold a mock FDA GMP inspection seminar, which will provide guidance on what companies should do if agency inspectors visit...

US health experts urge Obama to take ‘urgent action’ on obesity

A group of prominent American health professionals has issued a letter urging President-elect Barack Obama to take “bold and urgent action” to curb obesity or, they say, the current generation...

FDA finds 70 fraudulent weight loss supplements

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has intensified its clamp-down on adulterated weight loss supplement products, which have been found to contain undeclared pharmaceutical ingredients.

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FWS to examine latest on American ginseng

The US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is to hold a public meeting to examine the latest research on American ginseng.

FDA explains substantiation needs for supplement claims

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published guidance for dietary supplement manufacturers on what it considers to be sufficient scientific substantiation for the health claims made on...

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Health Canada releases adverse events update

Health Canada has launched its latest edition of the Canadian Adverse Reaction Newsletter (CARN), which covers adverse reactions linked to health products.

Baobab GRAS dossier in, an answer in less than 180 days?

 FDA approval of baobab fruit pulp could be less than six months away, as momentum continues for what could be one of the hot ingredients of 2009.

'Obesity tax’ neglecting nutrition facts, claims drink maker

A manufacturer of natural sparkling soft drinks hopes to stir further debate over a proposed ‘obesity tax’ on carbonated beverages in the state of New York by pushing for greater...

Diet Coke Plus earns FDA labeling minus

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has told Coca-Cola to change the labeling of its vitamin and mineral-fortified diet cola, Diet Coke Plus.

2008 round-up: US regulation

NutraIngredients-USA’s ongoing review of the articles that sparked most interest in you the readers continues today with the most viewed pieces in the regulatory area.

Calls to reverse FDA action over stevia sweetener

More stevia sweetened products are lining up for launch but campaigners are calling for the FDA decision that signaled that the sweetener could be used in food and beverages to...

Obama nominates next US secretary of agriculture

President-Elect Barack Obama has nominated the former Iowa governor Tom Vilsack to be the 30th Secretary of Agriculture.

Stevia sweetener gets US FDA go-ahead

The FDA has given the long-awaited green light for Reb A, the sweetener made from the stevia leaf, to be used in food and beverages - opening the flood gates...

AHPA promotes heavy metal references for botanicals

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) has put forward its own heavy metal standards as reference guides for the influential third party product certifier and tester, US Pharmacopeia (USP).

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China compiles list of chemicals banned from food

China has issued a list of 17 substances not to be used in foodstuffs as part of its post-melamine scandal effort to clean up the food supply chain.

Supplier found in disease claim wilderness

A Minnesota-based supplier of organic ingredients has been prohibited from marketing products using unapproved health claims regarding the treatment of diseases, says the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

When foods become drugs

As the year draws to a close, looks at occasions where the US FDA has intervened to clear up the food, drink and supplement industries of products that overstep...

StarCaps diuretic recall expanded

The US recall of StarCaps weight loss supplements has been expanded after it was determined by the manufacturer that further batches of end products and raw materials were contaminated...

Plants, herbs should be exempt from new import declarations, says AHPA

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) has submitted comments to USDA requesting that amendments to an import act do not apply to herbs and herbal products.

FDA issues new guidance on AER labeling

FDA has issued another draft guidance document on the labeling of dietary supplements to facilitate adverse event reporting, despite earlier calls from industry that the guidance should be withdrawn.

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Plant sterols win Australian approval

Cognis has won hard-to-come-by approval from the Australian Thepareutic Goods Administration (TGA) to use its anti-cholesterol, plant sterol ester ingredient, Vegepure, in food supplements.


Coping with health claim hurt

One of the most fiercely debated and amended pieces of European Union food law history is playing out before our eyes, and its effects are beginning to be felt.

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