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Mandatory adverse events reporting for supplements is on the way

Mandatory serious adverse events reporting for dietary supplements is inevitable and, so long as there are protections in place, will be good for the industry, according to the three main...

FTC cracks down on false claims for HRT alternatives

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) last week sent warning letters to 34 website operators making claims that natural alternatives to hormone replacement therapy (HRT) will prevent or treat diseases like...

American Longevity to file against FDA over lycopene/cancer decision

The FDA has delivered its long-awaited decision on health claims petitions on tomatoes/lycopene, approving only limited claims on tomatoes and tomato sauce but denying claims for tomato-based products and dietary...

Protect against liability lawsuits, warns top attorney

The dietary supplements industry is likely to see a lot more product liability lawsuits in the aftermath of ephedra, according to law firm Banowsky and Levine, and companies need to...

FTC stops bogus ads for Bio Trim

California-based Natural Products has agreed to stop making further false and misleading claims about its weight-loss products, said the Federal Trade Commission this week.

CGMPs 'expected within 90 days'

The dietary supplements industry is bracing itself for the long-awaited final rule on current good manufacturing practices (cGMP), which has now been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget...

Calcium may reduce hypertension risk - qualified health claim

Makers of calcium supplements can make a qualified health claim for their possible reduction of high blood pressure, after the Food and Drug Administration concluded that there is some evidence...

FDA crushes cherry claims

The FDA is unconvinced that cherries pack as much of a health punch as some marketers of cherry-based products are claiming. It has issued warning letters to 29 companies, telling...

AHPA nudges supplement-makers on allergen labeling

The American Herbal Products Association has issued a reminder to supplement makers whose products contain major food allergens that as of January 1 2006 they, like all food companies, must...

FDA postpones decision on lycopene/cancer health claim

The Food and Drug Administration has postponed for the sixth time a decision on whether supplement makers can claim a link between lycopene and a reduced risk of developing certain...

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...

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