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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...

AOAC needs cash to continue standards program

Industry members should consider making donations to the AOAC if its Dietary Supplements Task Force (DSTF) is to continue drawing up analytical standards for botanicals and dietary supplement ingredients beyond...

FTC flags success over false weight-loss ads

The number of advertisements making obviously false weight-loss claims for dietary supplements, creams and patches fell from 50 percent in 2001 to just 15 percent in 2004, according to a...

FDA won Pyrrhic victory over scientific literature, say plaintiffs

A US court last week denied an injunction filed against the FDA by American Longevity alleging that the "third party literature" section of the 1994 Dietary Supplement Health and Education...

FDA seeks feedback on food labels

Proposed changes to the content and appearance of nutrition labels by the FDA could lead manufacturers to reformulate or repackage their products.

Most fish oil supplements are safe, says Environmental Defense

Manufacturers of two thirds of fish oil supplements sold in the US comply with the strictest standards to remove environmental contaminants, concludes a survey published by Environmental Defense (ED) yesterday.

FDA makes public ephedrine alkaloid testing methods

The FDA has made public the methods it uses to test whether supplement products contain the banned herbal extract ephedrine alkaloid.

Consumers want organic-labeled supplements, says APHA

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) has turned to the National Organics Standards Board (NOSB) to garner support for its campaign to allow organic dietary supplements to be labeled as...

Reducol allowed in seven new food types

Canadian biotech firm Forbes Medi-Tech said this week that it has gained European approval to market its cholesterol-lowering ingredient Reducol in seven new food applications.

Vineyard claims first on wine antioxidant labeling

An Oregon vineyard has received what is thought to be the first federal government approval to label its wines' resveratrol content, an antioxidant produced by grapes to fight fungi and...

Ephedrine alkaloid supplements seized, says FDA

The FDA says it has seized $13,500 worth of dietary supplements either containing or claiming to contain banned ephedrine alkaloids from Pennsylvania company ATF Fitness Products.

Lutein claims at the center of FTC settlement

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has settled with the seller of a supplement containing lutein over claims that the product could restore vision already lost form age related macular degeneration...

Supplement safety issue taken up by university

A new Center for Dietary Supplement Safety has been set up at the University of Minnesota's College of Pharmacy to collect, analyze and disseminate information about the safety of dietary...

GMPs will weed out unscrupulous companies, say insiders

The introduction of the new Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) may affect the profits of unprepared supplement makers, but industry insiders say the costs are justified by the need to make...

FDA delays again on lycopene/cancer decision

The FDA has requested a second extension on giving a decision on American Longevity's health claim petition on the link between lycopene and a reduced risk of developing certain types...

Bean message wins FDA approval

The FDA has issued a new dietary guidance message on the health benefits of beans, meaning that labels on bean cans and packets may carry the words 'diets including beans...

Sabinsa obtains proof of product purity

Sabinsa Corporation has been making sure its manufacturing processes are up to scratch in anticipation of new FDA requirements by submitting its products for testing by public health and safety...

V-Net to test rival beverages for ginseng

V-Net Beverage has condemned the drinks industry's lack of transparency about its use of ginseng and is launching a 'Truth in Ginseng' campaign which it hopes will force manufacturers to...

Body Wise to pay $3.5 million over AG-Immune claims

The FTC has reached settlement with Body Wise International and an 'expert endorser' over unsubstantiated claims that its AG-Immune dietary supplement can prevent, treat or cure serious diseases, including HIV/AIDS,...

IOM calls for supplement standards in line with conventional therapies

The Institute of Medicine of the National Academies (IOM) has called on Congress to amend the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) and hold complementary and alternative therapies to...

Traditional use of herbs should be considered in claims, says AHPA

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) has asked the FDA to take into account relevant information on the traditional use of herbs when substantiating claims for products that contain them.

Nutrition should govern marketing to kids, says CSPI

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has issued a new set of new guidelines to the US food industry and media, proposing that basic nutritional thresholds should...

FDA delays decision on another health claim

The FDA has said it will not issue its decision on the pending lycopene/cancer health claim until next year, according to petitioner American Longevity.

FDA issues ginseng warning

The FDA last week demanded the seizure of imported ginseng in New Jersey and issued a national warning.

Zuellig certified organic

Zuellig Botanicals, part of BI Nutraceuticals, announced on Friday that its manufacturing facility in California has received organic certification.