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4EVERON is not on, says FDA

The FDA has exerted post-market regulatory muscle by testing the contents of several sexual health supplements sold via the Internet in a first-of-its-kind survey and subsequently issued a warning, in...

Gelatin industry works with legislators over BSE

The gelatin industry has hit back at the claim that its animal-derived ingredient may not be safe for consumption, in the wake of increased negative publicity following tightened Canadian regulations...

Health Canada urges safer gelatin for caps after BSE

Health Canada is calling on natural health product manufacturers to replace what is frequently bovine-sourced gelatin, a decision that coincides with a new case of "mad-cow disease" in the country....

Nicotine water not a supplement, says FDA

The FDA stepped up to the plate and declared nicotine water NICLite violates the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act and is not a dietary supplement - a move that...

AOAC to update industry on analytical methods

AOAC, the not-for-profit organisation contracted by NIH Office of Dietary Supplements to develop validated analytical methods, will give an update of progress on key ingredients at NNFA.

Congress members badger FDA over GMPs

The long-running push for dietary supplement good manufacturing practices (GMP) has taken a new twist, as members of Congress sent letters to the FDA expressing hope that they will be...

Industry hails bill on adverse events reporting

An amendment to the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act that would obligate supplement manufacturers, packers and distributors to notify FDA of any serious adverse events reports (AERs) was introduced yesterday,...

Weekly comment

Litigation: a necessary cost of doing business?

In the US, the role of court action in defining limits not set by regulators is generating a flood of costly court cases for the food industry: much unnecessary, and...

Preparing for Canada's functional food regulations

Canadian associations are collaborating to open lines of communication between industry, academics and the government over the forthcoming regulations for functional foods, and to help the industry prepare for the...

FDA shakes up debate over functional chocolate

The marketing of functional confectionery products has been called into question following an FDA warning letter sent to Masterfoods USA over health claims and folic acid in its CocoaVia chocolate...

Experts discuss DRIs, with vitamin D changes getting strong support

The upper limit (UL) of vitamin D should be raised to 250 micrograms per day, the Institute of Medicine heard last week, as experts discussed the state-of-play of DRIs and ULs.

FWS reverses wild ginseng five-year export rule

The US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has performed a U-turn over the ban imposed last year on the export of five-year-old wild American ginseng roots - a decision met...

Canada approves MEG-3 in higher doses, more foods

Health Canada has expanded its 2003 Novel Foods approval of Ocean Nutrition's MEG-3 to higher doses and more foods, giving the microencapsulated fish-oil supplier a head-start on new entrants to...

Canadian regulations breed consumer and industry confusion

Confusion over the exact jurisdiction of Canada's Natural Health Products Directorate does not bode well for nutraceutical food and drinks seeking the federal stamp of approval that can lead to...

FDA confirms barley/heart health claim

The FDA has confirmed the qualified health claim linking whole grain barley to a reduced risk of coronary heart disease, which could help raise awareness of the grain amongst heart...

FSANZ promises to speed up food approvals

Food and beverage companies working in Australia and New Zealand will see a faster response to applications for new food ingredients and products from next year, the authorities say.

cGMPs publication date set for December 2006

FDA has finally announced that publication of current good manufacturing practice for dietary supplements has been set for the end of 2006, but past disappointments have led an industry organization...

Excellent source claim allowed for EPA/DHA combo

Ocean Nutrition Canada has secured an Excellent Source Nutrient Content Claim for combined EPA/DHA ingredients, giving food manufacturers an additional tool with which to market their products.

New challenge to ephedra ban as appeal looms

A question mark has been hanging over the legality of ephedra for more than a year, since a Utah court threw open to debate the FDA's 2004 final ruling banning...

Whole grain stamps to state weight, not judge value

The Whole Grain Stamp program is evolving to give the number of grams of whole grain ingredients in a serving, an initiative that will help consumers keep track of their...

Benzene: liquid supplements to be tested

Liquid dietary supplements that use the same preservative system as some soft drinks could contain elevated levels of the carcinogen benzene, according to Flora Research Laboratories, which has been contracted...

No go for junk food ban in Illinois schools

A proposal by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) to ban schools from selling junk food and soda has been blocked by a legislative committee on the grounds that...

Hoodia import, export rules posted by FWS

The US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has posted rules informing importers, exporters and re-exporters of their obligations for the Hoodia species, as the US market for slimming products continues...

TM Congress extends comment period for draft model

The Traditional Medicines (TM) Congress has extended the comment period for its draft regulatory model for traditional medicines in response to requests from practicing herbalists.

Organic standards spark spirulina row

Two leading spirulina producers have criticised the National Organic Standards Board's (NOSB) decision to disallow the use of Chilean nitrate in organic production as unjust, and have declined to alter...