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Bio-terrorism legislation concerns

The Grocery Manufacturers of America (GMA) has highlighted concerns in the food industry - including worries among suppliers of dietary supplements and ingredients - about the FDA's implementation of bio-terrorism...

FDA bans cattle materials from supplements

Dietary supplements are among the products from which the FDA has banned the use of certain cattle-derived materials in an effort to close all possible remaining avenues of human infection...

Codex backs safety approach to maximum levels

The Codex Alimentarius Commission, meeting in Geneva this week, has endorsed draft guidelines on vitamin and mineral supplements that recommend basing maximum levels of nutrients on safety rather than the...

Canadians warned off non-Chinese star anise

Health Canada has asked manufacturers of products containing the herb star anise to prove it is of the Chinese variety (Illicium verumand) and does not pose a risk to health,...

Health claim decision delayed on omega-3

The FDA has, for the second time this year, put off a decision on whether to grant a petition for a qualified health claim for omega-3 fish oils and coronary...

Herbs and drugs: labelling or liability?

Last week's WHO guidelines on dietary supplements reinvigorated the debate about how manufacturers can direct attention to the effects herbal supplements may have on prescription drugs. Philippa Nuttall spoke to...

GMA welcomes healthy children legislation

The Grocery Manufacturers of America (GMA) has applauded the introduction of legislation, giving schools the tools and financial means to combat childhood obesity by improving students' nutrition and activity habits.

Ephedra alternative gets patent in Canada

Nutraceutical ingredient supplier Nutratech has received a Canadian patent for Advantra Z, a product it sees as a safe successor to the banned herbal product ephedra.

WHO calls for greater consumer info on supplements

The World Health Organisation (WHO) yesterday released a new set of guidelines for national health authorities on ways to increase the output of information on alternative and complementary medicines for...

CRN adds voice to demand for dietary supplement AER system

The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) has joined the growing swell of support for the dietary supplements industry to develop an appropriate reporting system for serious adverse events.

Burcon adds to functional properties of new proteins

Canadian firm Burcon NutraScience, which has teamed up with ADM to bring a new plant-derived protein to market, has filed another patent application that further strengthens its bid to take...

Supplement industry needs to show greater responsibility

Lets have some self-policing before it's too late, was the cry from one New York lawyer after yesterday's hard-hitting hearing on dietary supplements in the house committee on energy and...

ONC gets quality, safety approval under new USP program

The standard fish oils and omega-3 fish oil concentrates produced by Ocean Nutrition Canada (ONC) have become the first ingredients to be certified under the United States Pharmacopeia's (USP) new...

Senators demand adverse event reporting from FDA

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was brought to task by senators yesterday, who demanded that makers of vitamins and other dietary supplements should have to report potential safety risks...

Anabolic steroid act passed

Members of the House of Representatives have passed the Anabolic SteroidControl Act of 2004, which would make a list of steroid precursors, including androstenedione, controlled substances under the Controlled Substances Act.

NY senator guns for new dietary supplement legislation

A New York senator is attempting to push through legislation requiring new labeling on all dietary supplements sold or offered for sale in the state, writes Philippa Nuttall.

KFC's fried chicken health claims frozen

The fast food restaurant chain KFC has promised not to make unsupported health claims as part of a settlement with US regulators over adverts suggesting that fried chicken can be...

Nutrient content claim for omega-3 fatty acids

Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids are now permitted to display a nutrient content claim after a the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) made no objections to a petition filed...

PS creates new opportunities in sports nutrition

A patent on phosphatidylserine's ability to improve muscle recovery is set to open up new applications for the ingredient and could help sports nutrition manufacturers rejuvenate slowing sales growth.

New patent for NutraCea, more heart health claims

NutraCea has received a patent for the use of its rice bran derivatives to reduce cholesterol and atherosclerosis progression.

Chemi Nutra gains rights to new PS use patent on muscle development

Chemi Nutra has gained exclusive rights to a new patent on its soy-derived phosphatidylserine product relating to its ability to suppress cortisol, a catabolic stress hormone that can inhibit the...

Industry coalition fights to protect DSHEA

Industry leaders in the dietary supplement industry are to form a coalition to preserve and drum up support for the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA).

Cognis to petition for QHC by the FDA

The health claim that lutein esters reduce the risk of major eye diseases such as age related macular degeneration (AMD) and cataracts is to be petitioned for a qualified health...

FDA will continue safety campaign, says official

The industry can expect sustained scrutiny of the safety of their products, warned an FDA official at SupplySide yesterday, and while the agency is not expecting to take an ephedra-type...

Great Earth expands chain licensees

Natural products retailer Akin's Natural Foods Market is the latest chain to link up with vitamins and minerals supplier Great Earth in a licensing agreement for the firm's brands of...

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