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FDA seizes more ephedra supplements

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has seized around $3m worth of dietary supplements containing ephedrine alkaloids in a move to "protect the public health."

Cargill continues patent battle for high oleic canola oils

US agribusiness firm Cargill on Friday filed an appeal of a judge's ruling in December that prevents the company from enforcing patents for high oleic oils.

FDA defines whole grains, issues guidance for manufacturers

The FDA has released draft guidelines on the labeling of food products containing whole grains, to support the message of the 2005 Dietary Guidelines. Although subject to comments, it seems...

First soft drinks obesity lawsuit set for Massachusetts

A lawsuit aimed at getting soft drinks out of US schools on obesity grounds will be filed in Massachusetts, just as lawmakers there prepare to vote on a school junk...

FTC charges settled by supplement ad creator

The creator of dietary supplements advertisments pulled up over allegedly false and misleading claims has settled charges with the FTC.

AHPA backs national uniformity in labeling law

AHPA's executive committee has voted to support legislation currently pending in the US House of Representatives that would stop individual states from requiring foods and supplements to conform to their...

Health claims language blurs understanding of health benefits

Consumers fail to distinguish between different levels of health claims permitted on foods, reducing the impact of all claims, say researchers at the Federal Trade Commission.

Health Canada warning over African supplements

Health Canada issued a warning yesterday about two Nigerian herbal products - M2 Formula and Energy 2000 - which may contain toxic herbal ingredients.

NNFA submits health claims comments to FDA

The wording of health claims - both full and qualified - confuses consumers and discourages marketers from using them, the NNFA has said in comments submitted to the FDA.

FDA storm over Brazilian diet pills

January is the traditional diet season, but consumers should be wary of pills promising quick results - and not just because the vast majority do not work. FDA has issued...

Qualified health claim for lutein denied

Cognis has been denied permission to make a qualified health claim for the consumption of its Xangold brand lutein esters and reduced risk of age-related macular degeneration and cataracts.

FTC charges direct mail supplement marketer

A supplement marketer that has sold supplements using claims that they cure serious illnesses has been charged by the Federal Trade Commission and banned from the direct response marketing of...

Barley products can carry heart health claim

Wholegrain barley and barley-containing products are allowed to claim that they reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, ruled the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just before Christmas.

FDA clamps down on avian 'flu claims

Supplements purporting to protect against avian 'flu are making unproven, fraudulent claims, says the FDA, which has issued warning letters to eight companies that say their products could be effective...

Continue making whole grain claims, says industry body

In the absence of definitive action from the FDA, food manufacturers should take the initiative to promote whole grains to the American public, clearly indicating if products are an excellent...

FDA denies petition to classify whole grain content in foods

A petition filed by General Mills requesting the development of definitions for 'excellent source,' 'good source' and 'made with' whole grains has been denied by the Food and Drug Administration...

Draft regulatory model for traditional medicines released

The first public draft of a regulatory model for traditional medicines has been unveiled by a congress of nine organisations which believe the current regulations do not adequately provide for...

Kraft aims at healthy food market with vitamin D rule change

Under a rule change food makers can add more vitamin D3 to their cheese products, allowing them to make the claim they are 'good' or 'excellent' sources of vitamin D.

AHPA files comments on areca/cancer proposal

A proposal from the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) to list areca nut and betel quid as chemicals known by the state to cause cancer could impact...

Be cautious of avian 'flu claims, warns coalition

Consumers who encounter supplements that claim to prevent or cure avian 'flu should exercise caution, according to an industry coalition which holds that therapies should be recommended only by qualified...

Ephedra products could harm supplements industry

A Utah-based company's reintroduction of ephedra-containing dietary supplements when the legal position is still unclear could prove damaging for the industry at large.

Watch out for website claims, says AHPA

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) is warning companies to pay attention to the claims they make for their products on their websites, following FTC/FDA warning letters to 34 website...

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...