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Media & industry critics

Media & industry critics

The New York Times, Frontline, Dateline, and USA Today: They've all run articles questioning the quality of supplements, the integrity of the industry, and the ability of the FDA to police the industry under DSHEA. All of these reports will influence consumer understanding and confidence in some way, so we bring you the latest developments in this increasingly important topic.

Study backs multivitamins' ability to prevent nutrient shortfalls with hard data

A study published last week in the journal Nutrients adds another brick in the wall backing the ability of multivitamins to fill in nutrient shortfalls. While this notion is taken for granted...

Sabinsa takes lead to establish Global Curcumin Association

Major curcuminoids supplier Sabinsa has taken a step it hopes will help protect the entire category by becoming the founding board member of the Global Curcumin Association.

Despite legal dispute over memory claims, Quincy Bioscience still spends big on promotion

Despite a high profile legal wrangle with FTC and with the New York Attorney General, memory support supplement manufacturer Quincy Bioscience has enough revenue in the tank to afford a...

Rep. Mia Love joins changing leadership ranks of Dietary Supplement Caucus

The Dietary Supplement Caucus, an ever-fluid assembly of lawmakers who support the industry, has a new leader in the form Rep. Mia Love, R-UT, who will take over the co-chair...

Cochrane review that belittled carotenoids' role in slowing AMD didn't value AREDS II result highly enough, researchers say

An article published last week in Cochrane Reviews that concludes lutein and zeaxanthin have little effect on the progression of AMD drew a strong reaction from researchers and suppliers in...

CRN official finds common ground with author of series of articles attacking industry

When looking at a potentially damaging series of journal articles about supplements being penned by a professor at Clemson University, an official at CRN prefers to look at the common...

Bitter Orange Extract: Still safe, researcher reasserts in new review

Thirteen years have passed since the FDA banned ephedrine. Ever since, bitter orange extract, which has an active compound structurally similar to ephedrine (p-synephrine) has been under scrutiny. A new...

News in brief

ASAE honors Supplement OWL with Power of A Silver Award

The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) has awarded the Supplement OWL (Online Wellness Library) a 2017 Power of A Silver Award.

Study on financial burden of supplements on low-income US households a ‘missed opportunity,’ say experts

Trade associations criticize a recent study on the ‘income burden’ dietary supplements place on US low-income households.

Vox Pop: What do you think of nootropics?

What’s the public perception of nootropics? Some are curious, most are suspect, our person-on-the-street interviews reveal.

Brazilian researchers find high amounts of caffeine, some drugs, in seized supplements

Caffeinated weight loss supplements that have been seized by the Brazilian Federal Police were analyzed. Investigators found that some contained up to 120% more caffeine that stated on the packaging.

Soccer star makes case for supplements on Capitol Hill

The recent briefing for members of the Dietary Supplement Caucus featured an appearance by a world-class athlete speaking in favor of supplementation.

American Medical Association supports more choline in prenatal vitamins

The American Medical Association (AMA) supports an increase of choline in all prenatal vitamins to 450 mg/day, according to a resolution passed by delegates at the 2017 AMA Annual Meeting...

For botanical supplements, sound science beats celebrity endorsements

Botanical supplements come and go in public consciousness, receiving a spike of attention after a celebrity endorsement, and then fading away for one reason or another.

UNPA endorses the Supplement OWL

The Supplement OWL is “an important and necessary first step towards transparency”, said Loren Israelsen, president of the United Natural Products Alliance (UNPA) following his organization’s endorsement of the initiative....

Science, not body image marketing, should drive sports nutrition, expert says

Building a sports nutrition brand aimed at women ought to include more than just choosing which shade of pink to use on the label.  But that is still all too...

special edition: sports nutrition

Sports leagues turn to testing regimes to lessen supplement risk

More rigorous testing has improved the quality and transparency of the dietary supplements used by athletes, an expert in the field says.

FTC tells companies, 'influencers' to disclose when Instagram posts are ads

The Federal Trade Commission has sent 90 letters to brand holders and endorsers emphasizing the requirement to be forthright about business relationships on social media.

Herbalife shrugs off FTC, Ackman; boosts 2017 outlook

Herbalife has shaken off the lingering effects of a big-ticket settlement with the Federal Trade Commission with a relatively solid quarterly results statement that was welcomed by stock traders.

The Supplement OWL product registry goes live

The Supplement OWL (Online Wellness Library) has officially gone live, with 51 Brand Names and 2,576 labels already in the product label database.

Judge dismisses suit that questioned substantiation for Bayer's probiotic claims

Bayer has had what some observers called a “quick win” in the dismissal of a class action lawsuit filed in New Jersey over claims on its Phillips Colon Health probiotic...

News that Chaffetz will step down part of continual search for support in Congress

The news that Rep. Jason Chaffetz plans not to seek re-election is a reminder that maintaining friends for the dietary supplements industry within the halls of power is an ongoing...

Special Edition: Omega-3s

While omega-3 industry tries to hold line on sustainability, consumers seem unconcerned

Industry experts maintain that the marine sources of omega-3s continue to be well managed and supplies remain adequate, despite questions that are raised periodically by some observers. But whatever direction...

Adverse events database not useful for drawing safety conclusions, expert says

The carte blanche release of adverse events data could give a skewed view of the safety of the dietary supplement industry, one expert says.

AHPA's botanical GMPs document ready for field testing

The American Herbal Products Association has issued a version of its ‘botanical GMPs’ document.  Several member companies have stepped forward to field test the recommendations, AHPA president Michael McGuffin said....