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More transparency needed for AERs, says industry

The dietary supplements industry is calling for a freer flow of information linked to the adverse event reporting system, in order to be better prepared to address failures.

Baobab goes for GRAS ahead of 2010 World Cup

A trade association has prepared a GRAS notification dossier for its baobab fruit pulp powder in the hope that products could become available in time for the 2010 soccer World...

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EFSA’s harsh health claim regime

The European Food Safety Authority recently turned in its first health claim verdicts, rejecting eight of nine. European food regulations expert Lorène Courrège explains why EFSA’s tough health claim approach...

Vitamin D added to calcium osteoporosis health claim

The US calcium osteoporosis health claim will include vitamin D and be simplified in a number of other ways from January 1, 2010, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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Industry after Smiling Bob: Your views

At the end of last month, the founder of US supplements firm Berkeley Premium Nutraceuticals received the most severe punishment yet to be handed out for fraud in the industry:...

FDA makes health claim notification estimates

The US Food and Drug Administration estimates that it will receive only one nutrient content claim notification and two health claim notifications per year, according to a notice to...

AERs: supplements 604 – drugs 450,000

There have been 604 adverse event reports (AERs) – including five deaths – in six months, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which implemented the system last year.

FTC clamps down on bogus cancer cures

Five US dietary supplement companies are facing lawsuits for marketing cancer cures, while another six firms have settled out of court following a crack down by the nation’s Federal...

Fonterra blames slow Chinese rules for contaminated milk delay

New Zealand dairy group Fonterra is facing criticism over lethal contaminated milk powder supplied through its Chinese joint venture, but says action was delayed as it had to go through...

Chinese infant formula not safe, says FDA

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a public warning that infant formula manufactured in China may not be safe because of concerns over melamine contamination.

Prebiotic wins GRAS approval

Whey and milk-based ingredients specialist, Friesland Foods Domo, has received GRAS status (generally recognized as safe) for its prebiotic ingredient Vivinal GOS from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

BioCell turns to courts for collagen ingredient infringement

Californian ingredient firm BioCell Technology has filed a suit against the contract manufacturer ProTec Laboratory, which it claims has been selling supplements falsely marketed as containing BioCell’s joint health...

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Cleaning up the supplements industry: Call for comments

At the end of last month, the founder of a US supplements company received the most severe punishment yet to be handed out for fraud in the industry: a...

News focus: Omega-3

Regulation: Omega-3 ready for RDIs and further health claims

Regulations governing the omega-3 market vary greatly between regions but in common is the fact there is no official, government-recommended dietary intake (RDI) anywhere in the world and approved...

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Rising to the health claims challenge

Europe’s health claim assessment process kicked off with the rejection of almost 90 per cent of the first bunch. But industry must accept its shortcomings if credibility is to be...

‘Historic’ verdict slaps ‘Smiling Bob’ with 25-year jail sentence

The founder of Berkeley Premium Nutraceuticals, Steve Warshak, has this morning been handed a 25-year jail sentence and his company ordered to forfeit $500 million by a federal court...

Canada targets Ephedra and Kava

The Canadian regulator is continuing its campaign against the banned weight-loss herbal Ephedra and the anxiety-reliever Kava, yesterday issuing its latest warning to consumers not to use the substances.

FDA finalizes betafiber heart health claim

Cargill’s barley beta concentrate has received a heart health claim go-ahead, following the publication last week of a final ruling from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Supplement firms pledge responsible marketing for DHEA

Members of the supplement trade body Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) have pledged to follow certain guidelines when marketing products containing the naturally occurring steroid hormone DHEA, in a...

Nestle joins scheme against junk food ads for children

Self regulation to ensure that products marketed towards children meet nutritional standards is working, according to The Council of Better Business Bureaus, which has just signed Nestlé up to the...

Global divide over natural color regulation

In the third of a four part series on natural colors, FoodNavigator looks at the regulatory situation in the US and Europe and the challenges this poses for food manufacturers...

CRN attacks disease in GSK weight loss petition

Reclassifying weight loss claims as disease claims will unfairly "disease-ify" many health conditions, according to the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN).

IADSA hosts Latin American regulatory debate

Developing harmonised dietary supplements regulations in Latin America was the central topic at a recent meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina, convened by the International Alliance of Dietary/Food Supplement Associations (IADSA)....

FDA issues guidance on antioxidants

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published guidance to help small companies comply with the labeling of antioxidant products and high potency products.

Spammers settle charges over weight loss claims

A group of defendants allegedly involved in selling bogus weight loss hoodia supplements through illegal spam e-mails have settled charges with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

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