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GAO supplements report calls for tighter regulation

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has made significant progress in regulating dietary supplements, but the agency is still lacking basic information to keep the products – and...

Enviga (alone) doesn’t promote weight loss

  Coca-Cola and Nestle have agreed to alter the marketing for their energy-burning, green tea-based energy drink, Enviga, after agreeing a settlement with a number of US states that protested its...

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IADSA hosts Latin American supplements event

Global dietary supplements regulations and their relation to markets in South America was the theme of an event of a congress hosted by the International Alliance of Dietary/Food Supplement Associations...

US government creates databases for supplement info

US government agencies have joined forces to create a database of dietary supplement ingredients and brands, designed to provide publically available information on the levels of different ingredients in...

How the US stimulus bill impacts food: Part II

Indirect benefits of the economic stimulus bill signed by President Obama earlier this month are set to filter through to manufacturers of food, beverage and supplement products – especially the...

How the US stimulus bill impacts food: Part I

The economic stimulus bill signed last week by President Obama is expected to promote food production and consumption through its provision for a nutrition supplementation program, according to an expert...

FDA warns against Venom sibutramine supplements

  The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned the US public against a weight loss dietary supplement called Venom Hyperdrive 3.0 because it contains the banned pharmaceutical ingredient, sibutramine.

NAD balls Dannon over healthy yogurt marketing

French dairy giant Danone’s US subsidiary, Dannon, has been told to alter advertising for a yogurt product by the voluntary advertising watchdog, the National Advertising Division of the Council of...

FTC cracks down on ‘negative option’ marketing

   The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has settled with two weight loss dietary supplement companies it found to be exploiting consumers by offering them free trials that led to unwanted product...

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Blue California notifies FDA of GRAS for its stevia ingredient

Blue California has notified the FDA of GRAS for its stevia-based Reb-A sweetener and has said that it is confident of receiving a letter of non-objection after two other...

Obama pledges ‘complete review’ of FDA

President Obama has said in a televised interview that his administration will conduct a complete review of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to prevent future lapses in food...


Nut so good - tainted US food system needs revamping

E. coli in ground beef, melamine in infant formula, and salmonella in peanut butter - what is next? Isn’t it about time the slices of the US food safety pie...

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FDA provides recall information via Twitter

The FDA has started using the social networking site Twitter to communicate its recall updates, market withdrawals and safety alerts.

FDA finds vitamin B6 form not legal in supplements

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ruled that the vitamin B6 compound, pyridoxamine dihydrochloride, cannot be used in dietary supplements.

NY bill seeks extra labeling on supplements

The New York State Assembly is to amend its agriculture and markets law to require dietary and nutritional supplement manufacturers to label products as tested or untested by the...

RFI undergoes GMP audit in consumer confidence mission

A US-supplier of functional ingredients and supplements has successfully completed an audit of its manufacturing facilities as part of NSF International’s Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) Registration program.

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NPA to stage 12th annual Washington DC rally

March 24 will see the National Products Association (NPA) and its supporters descend on Washington DC for the 12th consecutive year to drum up political support.

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FDA supplement warning letters: 2008 year in review

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued over 40 warning letters to supplement marketers last year. An analysis by FDA legal specialists Ivan Wasserman and Svetlana Walker reveals that...

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What Obama means for functional foods and supplements: Part I

As we enter the Obama era today, examines the likely effects of the much-awaited Congressional shift on the functional foods and dietary supplements industries. According to industry veteran Loren...

GMP inspections could focus on Utah, California

The focus of FDA’s GMP inspections of dietary supplement manufacturing facilities will likely take a short-term focus on the Utah area and Southern California, according to inside sources.

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Fraud supplement makers fined $16m

Manufacturers of dietary supplements have been ordered to pay a fine of almost $16m in the latest case of uncovered deceptive marketing.

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Weight loss book author ordered to pay $37m

Infomercial marketer Kevin Trudeau has been ordered to pay $37m for making false claims about weight loss in a book.

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UNPA to hold mock FDA inspection workshop

The supplement trade group United Natural Products Alliance (UNPA) will hold a mock FDA GMP inspection seminar, which will provide guidance on what companies should do if agency inspectors visit...

US health experts urge Obama to take ‘urgent action’ on obesity

A group of prominent American health professionals has issued a letter urging President-elect Barack Obama to take “bold and urgent action” to curb obesity or, they say, the current generation...

FDA finds 70 fraudulent weight loss supplements

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has intensified its clamp-down on adulterated weight loss supplement products, which have been found to contain undeclared pharmaceutical ingredients.

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