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FDA issues AER guidance for supplements

New FDA guidance to dietary supplements marketers on the reporting of adverse events has been welcomed by industry as being a “helpful” and “useful” resource.

FDA gets tough on GMP failures

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has clamped down on a number of dietary supplement firms that have repeatedly failed to meet new Good Manufacturing Practices.

FDA returning to pre-DSHEA diaspora, claims industry veteran

The re-appointment of Michael Taylor in a senior position at the US Food and Drug Administration may not bode well for the supplements industry, according to one of the...

Codex fiber nutrient claims unlikely to promote consistency

Fiber nutrient content claims recommended last week by Codex are unlikely to generate consistency in product labeling due to widely varying national differences in serving sizes.

Executive could face 25 years for fraudulent supplement marketing

A Michigan business owner has pleaded guilty to fraudulently marketing dietary supplements that claimed to prevent or treat a number of diseases.

Codex adopts definition of ‘fiber’

The Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) has adopted a new definition of fiber, designed to harmonize the use of the term around the globe.

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Canadian organic certification comes into effect

Canada’s new organic certification standards went into effect on Tuesday, June 30, opening up trade opportunities for Canadian organic products.

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FDA announces Reportable Food Registry discussion dates

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced three public meetings to discuss the Reportable Food Registry, to explain its role and the responsibilities of those who are required...

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Asia seeks health claims harmonisation

  Brussels-based consultancy, EAS, reports a health claims meeting held this month in Singapore has highlighted concerns among industry and regulators especially in regard to harmonisation.

Transparency meeting: What’s behind FDA enforcement, asks industry

Enforcement action by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is a key area where more open communication with industry is necessary, the agency will hear today during a...

Selenium health claims: Too qualified to qualify?

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has said it could allow the use of certain – very qualified – health claims linking selenium intake to a reduced risk...

OTC erectile dysfunction supplement recalled

Georgia-based Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals has issued a total recall of its “sexual stimulant” dietary supplement, after it was found to be contaminated with the banned substance, benzamidenafil.

Bayer faces lawsuit for selenium cancer prevention ads

Bayer Healthcare could face a lawsuit in the United States for advertising that its One A Day vitamins could reduce prostate cancer due to their selenium content.

Organizations oppose new food safety bill

The Food Safety Enhancement Act has been broadly welcomed by industry but a group of organizations has issued a letter to the relevant committee voicing strong opposition to several...

Fake Red Bull under investigation

  The US International Trade Commission (USITC) is investigating several companies that may be responsible for importing and distributing energy drinks into the US that breach trademarks and copyright of market...

AERs reflect supplement usage patterns, says AHPA

The adverse event reporting system for dietary supplements is an association system, not a cause and effect system, says trade group AHPA, stressing that high numbers of AERs linked...

Multivitamins linked to 25 percent of supplement AERs

Multivitamins and minerals were the subject of one quarter of Adverse Event Reports (AERs) filed with FDA in the first six months of last year, but this does not...

Fee compromise eases US food safety bill to next stage

The bill designed to overhaul the failing US food safety system took a major step forward this week after a compromise over industry fees was reached.

Kemin wins lutein patent renewal

Iowa-based supplier, Kemin Health, has been reissued patents first issued in 1995 that will “solidify its position” as a leading supplier of the eye health ingredient, lutein.

FDA aims for 200 GMP inspections this year

With two weeks to go before mid-sized supplement firms need to comply with new GMPs, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has said it aims to inspect 200...

Canada ponders junk food fortification

Health Canada is considering granting food makers discretionary powers to fortify “junk foods” to improve their nutritional profile and the diets of Canadians.

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Singapore approves five food health claims

The Singapore Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA) has approved five nutrient and product-specific health claims that can now bear a ‘Healthier Choice’ symbol.

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A big day for European health claims

Next Monday, June 15, is a big day for the European healthy foods and food supplements industries. Let’s call it Big Monday. Or J15.

FDA investigates weight loss drug Alli for liver damage

FDA is investigating the only over-the-counter weight loss drug – Alli – following signals that it could be linked to liver damage.

FDA backs proposal for US industry fees to fund food inspections

A contentious proposal to compel US food manufacturers to contribute towards safety inspection costs took a step forward yesterday after the Food and Drug Administration signalled its backing for the...