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Schwarzenegger signs young athletes' supplements ban

A new law that bans Californian high school athletes from using ephedra, DHEA or bitter orange was signed by governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on Friday, raising industry fears that it could...

Herbals group lobbies federal agencies for word changes

A herbal trade organisation last week challenged two federal agencies to correct past statements that used misleading descriptions of dietary supplements and echinacea.

FTC and Competition Bureau join forces over fake diet pills

The FTC and Canada's Competition Bureau are aiming to warn more consumers off popping diet pills that make false claims for fast weight-loss, with their own spoof website pretending to...

Bill to end health claim delays to be proposed

Members of the Liberty Committee are planning to co-sponsor a bill aimed at making accurate disease-nutrient information more visible in the US marketplace.

Show proof of steroids in supplements, says industry

The reputation of the entire dietary supplements industry is at risk if athletes who seek to explain failed steroid tests on the grounds that they must have ingested contamination dietary...

SB-37 moves a step closer to law

Controversial California supplements bill SB-37 on the use of certain dietary supplements by teenage athletes was enrolled on Friday, following favorable votes by both the Assembly and the Senate.

Assembly to vote on controversial supplements bill

The California Assembly is expected to vote this week on a controversial bill that seeks to outlaw the use of ephedrine alkaloids, DHEA and synephrine by high school athletes in...

Nutrition 21 granted FDA approval for supplement claim

The FDA has issued a favorable response to a qualified health claim petition filed by Nutrition 21 for the nutritional supplement chromium picolinate, though it concluded that any link between...

Qualifed health claim for chromium picolinate cleared by FDA

The US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a qualified health claim petition for chromium picolinate that claims the supplement may reduce the risk of insulin resistance and possibly...

Organic supplements: victory for the industry

Dietary supplements made following the National Organics Program's requirements for organic foods may now be certified as organic and bear the USDA seal, according to a memorandum sent out by...

California tuna wars could affect public health, says FDA

Two months before it goes to trial, the FDA has told California attorney general Bill Lockyer that his lawsuit against the canned tuna industry over mercury warnings could cause consumers...

AHPA redoubles efforts for organic supplements

The American Herbal Products Association is pressing its point that dietary supplements which meet the National Organic Program's organic guidelines for food should be allowed to bear the USDA's organic...

LycoRed satisfies FDA over Lyc-O-Mato safety

LycoRed has fulfilled the FDA's GRAS requirements with its Lyc-O-Mato Powder for functional foods - news which the company expects will encourage its use by large food companies.

Ginseng export regulations pose problems for industry

New regulations on the export of wild ginseng root aim to help preserve the plant from extinction but could cause problems for the herbals industry, at least over the next...

New move to extend food stamps to supplements

The introduction of a bill that would enable Americans receiving food stamps to spend them on vitamins and minerals has met with applause from supplements industry associations on the grounds...

CAFTA has no impact on supplements law, says AHPA

The American Herbal Products Association is endeavoring to quell fears that the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA), passed on Thursday, will have an impact on US dietary supplements regulations,...

Crawford confirmed FDA commissioner

Lester Crawford has been confirmed as FDA Commissioner by the US Senate. His election has been welcomed by industry associations wanting to see progress on the full implementation and enforcement...

Health Canada issues second Ayurvedic warning

Health Canada is warning Canadians against using unauthorized Ayurvedic medicinal products amid fears that high levels of heavy metals could present a health risk, reports Jess Halliday.

DSHEA may be amended following ephedra ruling

A new bill proposing that risk-benefit analysis of dietary supplements should not be dose dependent would make for a 'bad law', according to the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA), and...

Supplement directive is valid, surprise court decision

The European food supplements directive is valid, decided a European court ruling today, ending months of uncertainty for much of the region's supplements industry, and disappointing those behind a major...

FDA approves vitamin D3 addition to bars and beverages

The FDA has approved a petition by Unilever to allow the use of vitamin D3 as a nutrient supplement in meal and snack replacement products and is amending its food...

Codex adopts international guidelines for vitamins and minerals

Global standards for vitamin and mineral supplements were adopted by Codex yesterday, despite some last minute requests for amendments and consumer group campaigns to stall the ratification, writes Dominique Patton.

Chinese supplement could endanger diabetics

The FDA is warning consumers against taking a Chinese dietary supplement called Ligaing 4 because it contains the drug glyburide and could pose life-threatening dangers to diabetics and those with...

Green tea's anti-cancer effects 'highly unlikely', says FDA

Drinking green tea is highly unlikely to help prevent breast, prostate or any other type of cancer, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said last week, after reviewing the...

Sabinsa lowers limits for heavy metals in selenium

Sabinsa Corporation has lowered the heavy metal limits for Selenium SeLECT in the face of tightening regulations in the European Union and interest from research institutes who wish to use...