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GNC unveils raw materials GMP program it hopes will become blueprint for industry

GNC has announced a GMP plan for botanicals which it is implementing immediately for its suppliers. The company hopes the plan, announced at an industry meeting on Tuesday, will become...

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CRN announces regulatory conference

The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) will host a new conference, The Regulatory Summit, to cover topics of interest in regulatory affairs and quality control/quality assurance issues.

Were the NY AG actions a tipping point for transparency in dietary supplements?

The New York Attorney General’s controversial probe into dietary supplements has hastened the conversation about transparency, experts told attendees to our recent Transparency in Dietary Supplements forum.

Make compendial standards compulsory to improve consistency & quality of supplements, says USP paper

The quality and consistency of dietary ingredients and supplements would improve by “universal adoption” of the USP–NF science-based public standards, says a new paper.

Major product liability insurance provider exits dietary supplements business

A major product liability provider is exiting the dietary supplement field, but observers of insurance trends said it’s unlikely to have big impact on insurance rates or availability.


NMR test method could revolutionize verification of omega-3 oils

Transparency in the supply chain rests on reliable tests to verify the provenance of ingredients, but proving beyond doubt where an oil came from has been a problem in the...


Traceability, a big topic at recent GOED Exchange meeting, to be covered in impending online Transparency Forum

Traceability and verifiability were big topics at the GOED Exchange meeting that took place last week in the Canary Islands. These topics will be addressed in an online forum later...

IPA challenges article's assertion that science behind probiotics is 'shaky'

A recent online article that labeled the science backing probiotics as “shaky” was criticized by the International Proibiotics Association as lacking context and a basic understanding of the industry and...

Prop 65: NPA responds to language of proposed Article 6 changes with ‘significant concerns’

The Natural Products Association said in a release that the new Article 6 of California’s Prop 65 would “limit consumer access, cost jobs, and harm the economy.”

Continual magic bullet view of DNA barcoding frustrates testing expert

A recently aired media report once again seemed to elevate DNA testing to magic bullet status. It’s a development that dismays Danica Harbaugh Reynaud, PhD, one of the foremost experts...

New Jersey makes it easier for MDs to distribute supplements in move abetted by CRN

The New Jersey state legislature recently passed a law making it easier for health practitioners to integrate the use of dietary supplements into their practices. It’s a move that was...

CBC retracts anti-supplements story based on faulty tests

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation has retracted a report it aired recently alleging spiking and missing ingredients in supplements because it was based on faulty test results.

AHPA, UNPA hire former state AG to make industry's case at meetings of state officials

The American Herbal Products Association and the United Natural Products Alliance have teamed up to engage state attorneys general who as a group have become more active in regards to...

Onset of FSMA to drive continued demand for consulting services, expert says

The demand for consulting services will only continue to rise as new laws come into full implementation, said a consulting company executive.

Special Edition: Transparency in Dietary Supplements

Customers demanding transparency from supplement brands, retailers say

The notion that food consumers are more committed to transparency than are supplement users is not borne out at the retail level, experts from two natural channel retailers say.

Special edition: Transparency in Dietary Supplements

Is a transparent global supply chain the Holy Grail?

The dietary supplements industry must be transparent about transparency to ensure that it transparency really does make a difference and boost consumer confidence in the products, say industry experts.

Special edition: Transparency in Dietary Supplements

Should transparency be a priority for the supplements industry?

The NY AG’s probe into herbal supplements has done a lot to change the industry conversation over transparency, and some practices by some industry members cannot continue because they jeopardize...

Article that equates supplement industry with Big Tobacco called 'reckless' by former state AG

An article in a scientific journal that equates the dietary supplement industry’s interaction with regulators to that of the tobacco industry has been called “scurrilous” and “reckless” by industry observers....

Special Edition: Transparency in Supplements

Experts say transparency gains momentum even if consumers might not fully understand concept

Marketing experts agree that the concept of transparency is gaining steam among consumers. Even if shoppers don’t always understand what the word means, the concept isn’t going away.

Consulting firm rolls out monitoring tool to help with FSMA compliance

Record keeping can be the bane of the compliant manufacturer’s existence. The Food Safety Modernization Act will impose further burdens, which can be streamlined with a service being rolled out...

Five questions for the FDA’s new Office of Dietary Supplements, increasing State actions, and key preparations for an election year: NPA’s Fabricant looks ahead to 2016

The Natural Products Association enters its 80th year as the premier organization dedicated solely to the natural products industry in 2016.  For those 80- years, our top priority has been...

FDA's move to seize products from foreign firms failing GMPs seen as important first step

A recent move by the Food and Drug Administration to detain products without examination from  foreign firms that have failed GMP inspections is welcome step toward "draining the swamp," said United Natural...

Better training could bolster herbalists' standing in medical sphere, expert says

More specific training for herbalists as a way to bolster professional bona fides could go a long way toward burnishing the herbal industry’s image with the medical community, though it...

Independent benchmarks show Alkemist Labs’ “commitment to the highest standards of testing”

Alkemist Labs has achieved ISO 17025 accreditation and also announced it has met the AOAC Analytical Laboratory Accreditation Criteria Committee guidelines.

FDA seizes $400,000 worth of kratom products in Illinois

Despite an import ban on the substance, kratom-containing products continue to find their way into the country. In the latest action, the Food and Drug Administration has seized 90,000 bottles...

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