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Nutrition 21 subjected to FDA health claim delays

The FDA has requested an extension in its review of yet another health claims petition, for Nutrition 21's submission linking chromium picolinate with a reduced risk of insulin resistance, type...

Prescribing functional foods could cut drug costs

The cost burden of prescription drugs could be dramatically slashed if physicians could prescribe scientifically-proven functional foods and diets to treat certain medical conditions, reports Jess Halliday.

New Codex guidelines on vitamins, minerals no longer guaranteed

A handful of countries are threatening the adoption next month of new world standards on how to set maximum levels of vitamins and minerals, reports Dominique Patton.

FDA to appeal Utah ephedra ruling

The FDA will appeal to the United States Court of Appeal for the Tenth Circuit over the Utah court ruling that the FDA had failed to meet its burden of...

IANPP slaps industry with a natural ingredients yardstick

Manufacturers and consumers may have very different perceptions of what constitutes a 'natural' product, but misunderstandings could become history if the industry chooses to abide by a set of definitions...

NNFA seeks support to keep DHEA on the market

The National Nutritional Foods Association (NNFA) is stepping up its campaign over a bill that would classify DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) as an anabolic steroid and lead to its withdrawal from the...

GSK, Nicodrops settle over smokers' supplements

The consumer healthcare division of GlaxoSmithKline says it has settled a lawsuit with Nicodrops International, which it claimed had used false advertising and unfair competition claims for its herbal dietary...

New nutrition labels damage small firms, says study

Standardized nutrition labels are dampening market competition by helping large food manufacturers gain an even sharper edge over their smaller rivals, according to a new Duke University study.

Health claim rules restrict free speech, says American Longevity

American Longevity has launched a new campaign to build industry awareness of the health claims petition process and to raise funds that will allow it to make more submissions to...

FTC quashes Tropicana's 'Healthy Heart' claims

The FTC has reached a settlement with Tropicana Products over advertisements claiming that its Healthy Heart orange juice could reduce blood pressure, cholesterol and homocysteine levels, writes Jess Halliday, dealing...

FTC extracts hefty settlement for false claims

The Federal Trade Commission has shown once again that it is prepared to flex its muscles over false and unsubstantiated claims for weight loss products, having reached a $100,000 settlement...

Don't trust Tedco, says Canadian government

Health Canada is warning consumers not to use any natural products exported or sold by Tedco Inc, after the Louisiana company failed to provide proof that its Miracle II Neutralizer...

Consumer groups lobby MEPs to support nutritional profiling

Almost two thirds of people believe that food manufacturers should not be allowed to make a low-fat claim on foods if they are also high in sugar, according to a...

NNFA adds a reassuring voice on Codex

The National Nutritional Foods Association (NNFA) has become the latest industry body to reassure companies and consumers that the impending Codex guidelines will not affect the availability of dietary supplements...

Way ahead on ephedra is still not clear, say associations

One month after a Utah court issued a ruling on low dose ephedra products, the dietary supplements industry is still in limbo over the previously-banned herbal, since the FDA has...

Organics: a New Chapter in supplements?

New Chapter is refocusing industry attention on labeling of organic supplements after reformulating its multivitamin products to meet the USDA's National Organic Program (NOP) standards for organic foods, reports Jess...

'Miracle' products could kill, warns Health Canada

Two natural health products sold illegally in Canada have been found to contain dangerous bacteria and may result in serious adverse reaction or death, according to Health Canada.

CFIA stands by its science over failed nutritional products

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is defending its report stating that 71 percent of sports nutrition products on sale violate regulations, despite industry complaints that its testing methods lacked...

Blue California sterilizes botanicals with ozone

Blue California is changing the ingredient purification process at its China manufacturing facility from gamma-rays to ozone, in order to meet regulatory standards in international markets.

Don't sell ephedra until FDA position clear, says AHPA

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) is actively discouraging the dietary supplements industry from resuming sales of ephedra products following the court ruling that the FDA failed to prove that...

AOAC adopts NOW glucosamine method

NOW Foods' glucosamine HPLC method has passed the AOAC's 2-year validation process to become the first action official method for testing the standards of the joint health ingredient.

Consumer is king, says CRN

Jess Halliday speaks to Steve Mister, the new president and CEO of the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), about the trade association's three main areas of focus: safety, membership and,...

FDA publishes supplements labeling guide

The FDA has issued new guidelines to help dietary supplement manufacturers label products in an appropriate, consumer-friendly way and conform to requirements.

Nutraceutical may resume ephedra sales after court overturns ban

A court in Utah has overturned the FDA's outright ban on all dietary supplements containing ephedrine alkaloids, or ephedra, clearing the way for the plaintiff Nutraceutical Corporation to resume selling...

Codex won't affect US law, say associations

Industry assocations are seeking to dispel myths that the impending Codex Alimentarius international guidelines for vitamin and mineral food supplements, expected to be adopted in July, will force a change...

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