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Industry needs standardized testing methods

The biggest problem facing contract testing in the dietary supplement and herbal industries is that there have not been enough standardized methods for different formulations and products, according to a...

Berkeley Nutraceuticals settles in $4.7m suit

An Ohio judge granted a $4.7mn settlement in a class-action lawsuit against Berkeley Premium Nutraceuticals for falsely advertising the sexual dysfunction effects of its dietary supplements.

UNPA slams Cocaine drink

In a new twist, the United Natural Products Alliance (UNPA) has added its voice to the controversy over the Cocaine energy drink being sold on some retail shelves in the...

Pressure group denounces super fruit juices

The Center for Science in the Public Interest has denounced super fruit juices, stoking debate over credible science behind products and the claims they make.

FDA opens dialogue over functional foods regulations

The FDA has signalled that it could adapt existing regulation to take account of the growing number of conventional foods marketed as 'functional foods category', starting with a public meeting...

Industry must embrace politics, associations urge

The dietary supplement industry needs to band together, self-regulate and contribute to political action committees in order to secure consumer respect and legislative support, agreed speakers at Friday's State of...

Trade associations launch ingredients information exchange protocol

The four leading US dietary supplement trade associations have announced the launch of a new voluntary industry-wide protocol to facilitate the exchange of information between ingredient suppliers and finished product...

Adverse events reporting may not quell critics

Whether or not adverse events reporting will increase consumer confidence will depend on how the industry follows requirements, an official from SafetyCall International told Supply Side West attendees in a...

Indian Food Bill with supplements category becomes law

The Indian Food Safety and Standards Bill 2005 has been signed into law, promising a significant impact on the Indian dietary supplement industry, and opening up a potential market of...

USDA proposes fines for improperly labeled Child Nutrition goods

A US Department of Agriculture audit of the nation's Child Nutrition Labeling Program has found that products provided under the program have not been manufactured, labeled and inspected in accordance...

Health Canada approves all Martek DHA

Martek Biosciences announced its complete line of DHA omega-3 has been approved by Health Canada as ingredients for most food types.

Canola oil gets FDA heart health claim

Canola oil is gaining credence as an ingredient for food products aimed at supporting heart health, as the FDA has approved a qualified health claim on its potential to reduce...

Weekly Comment

Is a trans fat ban a healthy solution?

Sometimes I just love eating fatty, greasy, unquestionably hazardous foods. But I don't like trans fats, that come as a by-product in some processed foods, and have been linked to...

FDA needs industry support on nanotechnology

A former FDA deputy commissioner for policy reiterated the need for industry to show its support for an increased budget for the federal agency, following a report last week denouncing...

Omega-3 trade group to advocate EPA/DHA

In an effort to let consumers know not all omega-3s bring equal benefits, 12 ingredients makers - including Cargill, Ocean Nutrition Canada and Martek Biosciences - have joined forces to...

FDA not 'nano-ready', says report

A former FDA deputy commissioner for policy has denounced the agency's capacity to properly regulate nanotechnology products including supplements, a criticism that could inflame debate leading up to the agency's...

Ontario pushes traditional medicine regulation

The credibility of traditional Chinese medicine has been called into question by a contentious bill that has passed to a second reading in the Ontario legislative assembly in Canada, with...

Sabinsa agrees to end US Genimax sales

Sabinsa Corporation has agreed to discontinue making or selling Genimax in the US as part of a settlement with Archer Daniels Midland over patent infringement of the agribusiness giant's proprietary...

IFF develops reference base for salt reduction flavors

International Flavors & Fragrances has completed an internal program designed for sodium reduction, which provides the firm with a base of reference for its range of flavor systems for reduced...

Nutraceutical Corp again challenges ephedra ban

Nutraceutical Corporation is not giving up its fight for banned herbal, ephedrine, and has filed a petition for rehearing in front of the entire tenth circuit of the US Court...

AER missing from FDA guidance

The FDA has released a guidance for food facilities to maintain records of production and distribution that still falls short of taking a stance on the issue of adverse events...

Kemin wins patent infringement appeal

A US Court of Appeals has upheld Kemin Industries' lutein patents after Pigmentos Vegetales del Centro appealed a September 2004 jury verdict - finally closing lengthy litigation between the two...

CRN funds self-regulation move

The CRN has announced it is funding a federal advertising body to monitor advertising for dietary supplements as part of the overall aim of encouraging the industry to self-regulate.

SoyLink powder tech patent sparks new applications

Soy-powder maker SoyLink has a new US patent for its proprietary technology - a manufacturing process the Iowa-based company says will expand current uses for soy in functional foods and...

Weekly Comment

Sweet nothing for global trade

The transition to the new EU sugar regime is a reminder of what was lost when the Doha round of WTO trade talks collapsed.