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GMPs, QA & QC

GMPs, QA & QC

The implementation of new safety measures and current good manufacturing practices (cGMPs) are having a huge impact on business. We bring you the latest developments in this increasingly important sector.

Organic & Natural meets with NY AG, calls to bring raw material manufacturers under 21 CFR Part 111

Organic & Natural Health Association became the first trade association to meet with NY AG’s office this week, and is calling for FDA’s current GMPs (code 21 CFR Part 111)...

WADA exec: Bad actors in supplement sphere getting worse and only premarket approval will weed them out

Critics of the dietary supplement industry who were invited to speak at the scientific conference held this week at the University of Mississippi were pulling no punches. Olivier Rabin, PhD,...

BMPEA proponent Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals expands with acquisition of Mexican company

Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals, a controversial Georgia-based dietary supplement finished products and contract manufacturer, has announced plans to acquire a major Mexican dietary supplement and OTC drug manufacturer, the company announced this...

Continuing confusion over herbal supplement contents points to need for premarket notification, expert asserts

The constituents of herbal dietary supplements continues to be a point of confusion and contention among those viewing the industry from the outside and was identified as a key point...

CRN: Don’t relate products adulterated with anabolic steroids with NY AG actions

Supplement critics who use this week’s FDA’s consumer warning against muscle products adulterated with anabolic steroids to call for more regulation do not understand the problem, says CRN.

Durbin, Blumenthal urge FDA to take action against BMPEA

US Senators Dick Durbin and Richard Blumenthal sent a letter yesterday to the Food and Drug Administration asking the agency to take action against products containing the synthetic stimulant ingredient...

Welch: FDA is OK with actions such as Schneiderman's if they result in stronger industry

If it results in a stronger, more compliant industry, the Food and Drug Administration is supportive of activities such as those undertaken by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, according...

NY Senator calls for BMPEA to be banned, but such a move would be ‘wasteful’, says NPA

New York Senator Chuck Schumer has called on the FDA to ban any products containing BMPEA, but such a ban would be wasteful, says NPA’s Dr Daniel Fabricant.

UNPA moves to ban sale of BMPEA as uncertainty swirls around Acacia rigidula's status

The controversy surrounding the low-profile botanical Acacia rigidula and its purported amphetamine-like constituents seems to have caught regulators flat footed and has lead one trade association to ban the sale...

GNC responds to industry questions about its NY AG deal with open letter from CEO

Mike Archbold, CEO of GNC, has issued an open letter to the industry explaining its position in the wake of industry questions and criticism following the announcement that it had...

Guest article

Recent enforcement trends: state attorneys general target the dietary supplements industry

Editor’s note: The recent actions of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman have changed the enforcement landscape of the dietary supplements industry.  This guest article from former Maryland Attorney General...

UL debuts verification seal for dietary supplements

With the NYAG investigation cloud hanging over the industry, longtime safety certifier UL has hit on a fortuitous time to debut its new dietary supplement verification program.  The label seal...

Interest in adverse event reporting post AG probe up 15-20%, say experts

The NY Attorney General’s probe into herbal supplements has prompted an uptick in interest about adverse event reporting (AER) but more needs to be done to ensure companies are fully...

Cohen releases study that finds form of amphetamine in weight loss, sports products

Prominent dietary supplement industry critic Dr Pieter Cohen has released a new study that shows that a synthetic stimulant was found in more than half of weight loss and sports...

NYAG probe: Where it has been, and where it is going

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has not backed down in his assault on the herbal dietary supplements industry.  In fact, he is turning up the pressure.  In today’s special...

News in brief

Albion recognizes supplier for exceptional service

Albion Human Nutrition, a manufacturer of patented organic mineral amino acid chelates, has recognized one of its raw material suppliers for exceptional service and quality.

Industry's take on Schneiderman's latest move: Damn the facts, full speed ahead

The consensus among trade organizations is that New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s latest move in is his assault on the dietary supplement industry is based on the falsehood that...

Schneiderman, other AGs ask Congress to investigate herbal supplements industry

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has taken his assault against the dietary supplement industry up another notch with a letter he and 13 other attorneys general have sent to...

Upcoming trade show session to focus on adulteration, including cranberry

The NYAG affair has put the simmering pot of adulteration of herbal ingredients back on the front burner. A session at the upcoming Ingredient Marketplace trade show in Orlando will...

Do single-ingredient groups help convey industry's message, or contribute to the cacophony?

Single ingredient trade groups are becoming an increasingly common feature of the dietary supplement industry.  Whether they burnish the overall image of the sector or serve to further Balkanize the...

GNC deal with NYAG raises troubling issues for future of industry, observers say

A consensus is forming around the deal that GNC entered into with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.  The deal is being seen as good for GNC’s short term interests...

New web portal aims to ease entry of US-made supplements, foods into Chinese market

As the middle class continues to grow in China, penetrating this market becomes a priority for US brands.  Negotiating that bewildering process may have gotten a little easier with the...

Goal for IPA to become more agile, vocal in promoting probiotics, new director says

After a months-long interregnum, George Paraskevakos, the new executive director of the International Probiotics Association, formally takes up the reins pledging that the organization will become more agile and vocal in...

Gaia Herbs: Our sales are growing as consumers move to a brand they trust

Consumers are not turning their backs on herbal supplements in response to the NY AG’s probe, but are shifting to brands they can trust, says Gaia Herbs, with the North...

Coalition recommends label declaration for use of nanotechnology

A coalition of NGOs has released a policy recommendation on how companies should move forward on the use of nanotech in foods and supplements. The document recommends corporate transparency and...