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Health Canada publishes multivitamin, mineral monograph

Health Canada has published a new monograph on natural health products containing two or more vitamins and minerals, which sets out instructions on preparation, safety and labelling.

Policy center calls for nanotech steps

The Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies has again warned the US government is not doing enough to ensure the safety of nanotechnology products currently available on the market, nor has it...

Schwarzenegger vetoes hemp

Hemp advocates are angered by Governor Schwarzenegger's veto of an industrial hemp bill that would have allowed local farmers to legally produce and supply the nutritious seed.

Weekly Comment

Time to get serious on health claims criteria

The European Food Safety Authority's task to assess thousands of health claims is a headache in anyone's book - and one made worse through vague instructions to industry.

FDA seizes over $71k in products

The US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) last week showed potential false marketers of dietary supplements that it means business when it requested US Marshals to seize approximately $71,000 of...

FTC takes steps to halt international bogus hoodia operation

The Federal Trade Commission has put a stop to an international spamming operation that sold a product masquerading as hoodia gordonii.

FTC goes after nutraceutical HRT

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has launched complaints against seven online sellers of alternative hormone replacement therapy (HRT) products for not backing-up their health claims.

Weekly comment

Ripping the red tape

They say that patience is a virtue. But when it comes to the regulatory process on both sides of the Atlantic, patience too often results in dust gathering in the...

US food import safety battle continues

Debates over how the US should deal with food safety issues continue to rage between regulators, manufacturers, consumers and even the media, after a number of scandals this year broke...

FDA gives isomaltulose health claim green light

The US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized a non-cariogenic health claim for the carbohydrate sweetener isomaltulose.

Weekly Comment

Arnie and the clones

Cloned foods have not yet made it to our grocery aisles, but in the advent of such a rollout consumers must have a defined right to decide if they want...

FTC comes down on book marketer

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has clamped down on the marketer of a book for allegedly promising consumers an easy plan for losing weight.

Import safety report encourages industry participation

The current US Administration is one step closer to hammering out a new policy on import safety in response to contamination scares.

Weekly comment

Hooked on Es

This comment was amended to correct a statement about bans of additives in other countries. Some of the chemicals were previously banned by Norway, Austria and Australia but those bans...

Investigation launched into citric acid dumping claims

The European Commission has launched an inquiry into allegations that Chinese suppliers are dumping citric acid onto the market and causing material injury to the European industry.

Mars to add more patents to Natraceutical case

Mars has announced it is adding more patents to its suit against Natraceutical so as to both strengthen its case and protect cocoa flavanol technology.

FDA warns against Internet red yeast products

Consumers are being warned by FDA to steer clear of three red yeast products being sold on the Internet for fear they may contain an unauthorized drug that is hazardous...

FTC continue to highlight misleading ad campaigns

The Federal Trade Commission has announced it will be accepting refund requests from consumers for dietary supplement Xenadrine EFX, furthering its mission to draw attention to manufacturers making false and...

Bill aims to curb foreign ginseng smuggling

The Wisconsin ginseng industry could be given a new layer of protection against damage from smuggled ginseng sold as 'American', with a new bill was introduced that would require raw...

FDA launches food safety program to level state differences

The US Food & Drug Administration has launched a national program designed to make state regulatory programs more uniform.

SIDI protocol pushed forth by industry at IFT

The industry-wide need for implementation of the Standardized Information on Dietary Ingredients (SIDI) protocol was yesterday underscored by speakers at the IFT Expo.

Nanotech task force advises FDA collect data

A US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) task force on nanotechnology has presented its findings in a report calling for the creation of an official guidance and in-house data on...

Unigen settles patent case

Unigen Pharmaceuticals announced it has settled a patent infringement case against Leiner Health Products and Safeway for the ingredients scutellaria and acacia catechu.

Weekly Comment

Could the E-number be up?

The European Food Safety Authority's review of additive safety could have a bigger effect on the ingredients industry than the ejection of certain colours and flavours with a suspect safety...

FDA targets company making cancer treatment claims

In another move to prevent dietary supplements infringing on the territory of pharmaceuticals, the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning to Zeo Health for three of...

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