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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.


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...

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FDA changes website, updates information

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has updated the format of its website to make it more user-friendly, but the change means that some old URLs may no...

Probiotic guidance that industry’s ‘been waiting for’

The International Probiotics Association (IPA) hopes that a new probiotics monograph issued by Health Canada will encourage other governments to provide clear positions on the ingredients.

Probiotics monograph is a work in the making, says IPA

Canada’s new probiotics monograph may be lacking, but it is a step in the right direction, according to the International Probiotics Association (IPA), which hopes the guidance will encourage...

Stevia reference standards developed for Food Chemical Codex

US Pharmacopeia (USP) has developed a set of new reference standards for stevia-derived sweeteners Reb A and stevioside for inclusion in the Food Chemical Codex (FCC).

FDA asks if supplement labeling notifications are a burden

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has asked the dietary supplement industry for feedback on the burden of notifying the agency of claims made on their product labels.

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China's new food safety law comes into force

Chinese authorities have said its new food safety law, which comes into effect today, will help prevent the food contamination incidents that have caused so much damage to the reputation...

USP launches GRAS monograph service

Third party certifier, USP, has launched a monograph service for companies that have achieved self-affirmed GRAS (generally recognized as safe) status for food ingredients.

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Moscow hosts global supplements meeting

Scientific and regulatory experts from Russia, the European Union, China and the US are set to meet in Moscow next month to discuss food supplements and the global regulatory systems...

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Hoodia product rapped for misleading advertising

A UK company has been told to amend advertising for a hoodia gordonii product for which claims were being made that it could reduce calorie intake, lose weight, boost mood,...


Cheerios: Drugs for breakfast?

When is a breakfast cereal not a breakfast cereal? Well, when it’s a drug.

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In defense of DSHEA: a call for calm

The recent Hydroxycut recall has caused a stir and the knives are out once again for the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA). But food lawyers Ivan Wasserman and...

Enforce DSHEA, don’t scrap it, says CRN

The failure to diligently enforce the 1994 Dietary Supplements and Health Education Act (DSHEA) is the cause of most of the problems that have drawn a barrage of heavy criticism...

FDA guides on calcium, vit D health claims

The FDA has issued a new guidance for industry on using the newly amended health claim on calcium and osteoporosis, which now include vitamin D.

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FTC warns against swine flu scams

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has warned internet “pedders” to stop marketing products for the prevention of swine flu unless these are backed by science.

General Mills Cheerios cereal is a drug, says FDA

General Mills has been told to change the marketing of its popular Cheerios whole grain cereal, as the health claims it currently uses classify it as an unapproved drug.

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FDA seizes $1.5m of ingredients stored in ‘filth’

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ordered the seizure of over $1.5m worth of food products, including herbs and botanicals, because they were stored in “filthy conditions”.

Record FDA budget proposed as Hamburg clears Senate

Dr Margaret Hamburg, the Obama Administration’s pick to lead the FDA, easily cleared the Senate on Thursday, while the Administration proposed a record budget increase for the agency.

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