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FTC extracts hefty settlement for false claims

The Federal Trade Commission has shown once again that it is prepared to flex its muscles over false and unsubstantiated claims for weight loss products, having reached a $100,000 settlement...

Don't trust Tedco, says Canadian government

Health Canada is warning consumers not to use any natural products exported or sold by Tedco Inc, after the Louisiana company failed to provide proof that its Miracle II Neutralizer...

Consumer groups lobby MEPs to support nutritional profiling

Almost two thirds of people believe that food manufacturers should not be allowed to make a low-fat claim on foods if they are also high in sugar, according to a...

NNFA adds a reassuring voice on Codex

The National Nutritional Foods Association (NNFA) has become the latest industry body to reassure companies and consumers that the impending Codex guidelines will not affect the availability of dietary supplements...

Way ahead on ephedra is still not clear, say associations

One month after a Utah court issued a ruling on low dose ephedra products, the dietary supplements industry is still in limbo over the previously-banned herbal, since the FDA has...

Organics: a New Chapter in supplements?

New Chapter is refocusing industry attention on labeling of organic supplements after reformulating its multivitamin products to meet the USDA's National Organic Program (NOP) standards for organic foods, reports Jess...

'Miracle' products could kill, warns Health Canada

Two natural health products sold illegally in Canada have been found to contain dangerous bacteria and may result in serious adverse reaction or death, according to Health Canada.

CFIA stands by its science over failed nutritional products

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is defending its report stating that 71 percent of sports nutrition products on sale violate regulations, despite industry complaints that its testing methods lacked...

Blue California sterilizes botanicals with ozone

Blue California is changing the ingredient purification process at its China manufacturing facility from gamma-rays to ozone, in order to meet regulatory standards in international markets.

Don't sell ephedra until FDA position clear, says AHPA

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) is actively discouraging the dietary supplements industry from resuming sales of ephedra products following the court ruling that the FDA failed to prove that...

AOAC adopts NOW glucosamine method

NOW Foods' glucosamine HPLC method has passed the AOAC's 2-year validation process to become the first action official method for testing the standards of the joint health ingredient.

Consumer is king, says CRN

Jess Halliday speaks to Steve Mister, the new president and CEO of the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), about the trade association's three main areas of focus: safety, membership and,...

FDA publishes supplements labeling guide

The FDA has issued new guidelines to help dietary supplement manufacturers label products in an appropriate, consumer-friendly way and conform to requirements.

Nutraceutical may resume ephedra sales after court overturns ban

A court in Utah has overturned the FDA's outright ban on all dietary supplements containing ephedrine alkaloids, or ephedra, clearing the way for the plaintiff Nutraceutical Corporation to resume selling...

Codex won't affect US law, say associations

Industry assocations are seeking to dispel myths that the impending Codex Alimentarius international guidelines for vitamin and mineral food supplements, expected to be adopted in July, will force a change...

AOAC needs cash to continue standards program

Industry members should consider making donations to the AOAC if its Dietary Supplements Task Force (DSTF) is to continue drawing up analytical standards for botanicals and dietary supplement ingredients beyond...

FTC flags success over false weight-loss ads

The number of advertisements making obviously false weight-loss claims for dietary supplements, creams and patches fell from 50 percent in 2001 to just 15 percent in 2004, according to a...

FDA won Pyrrhic victory over scientific literature, say plaintiffs

A US court last week denied an injunction filed against the FDA by American Longevity alleging that the "third party literature" section of the 1994 Dietary Supplement Health and Education...

FDA seeks feedback on food labels

Proposed changes to the content and appearance of nutrition labels by the FDA could lead manufacturers to reformulate or repackage their products.

Most fish oil supplements are safe, says Environmental Defense

Manufacturers of two thirds of fish oil supplements sold in the US comply with the strictest standards to remove environmental contaminants, concludes a survey published by Environmental Defense (ED) yesterday.

FDA makes public ephedrine alkaloid testing methods

The FDA has made public the methods it uses to test whether supplement products contain the banned herbal extract ephedrine alkaloid.

Consumers want organic-labeled supplements, says APHA

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) has turned to the National Organics Standards Board (NOSB) to garner support for its campaign to allow organic dietary supplements to be labeled as...

Reducol allowed in seven new food types

Canadian biotech firm Forbes Medi-Tech said this week that it has gained European approval to market its cholesterol-lowering ingredient Reducol in seven new food applications.

Vineyard claims first on wine antioxidant labeling

An Oregon vineyard has received what is thought to be the first federal government approval to label its wines' resveratrol content, an antioxidant produced by grapes to fight fungi and...

Ephedrine alkaloid supplements seized, says FDA

The FDA says it has seized $13,500 worth of dietary supplements either containing or claiming to contain banned ephedrine alkaloids from Pennsylvania company ATF Fitness Products.

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