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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.

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...

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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....

PEAs harder to control than were steroids, experts say

The presence and proliferation of phenylethylamines in sports nutrition products continues to be a thorn in the side of the dietary supplement industry.  But trying to regulate these ingredients away...

Natural Products Day: NPA discusses HSA/FSA, NDIs, FTC, WIC program and more with legislators

Over 100 industry stakeholders from 25 key states took to Capitol Hill to discuss a range of issues, ranging from the inclusion of dietary supplement in HSA/FSA, the regulation of...

AHA advisory on omega-3s effectiveness for CVD sufferers seen as win for industry

A recent advisory by the American Heart Association on the role of omega-3 fatty acids in the prevention of heart disease is seen as a significant win by industry stakeholders.

NPA shrinks board with new bylaws, expands membership categories

The Natural Products Association has approved a bylaw change that will shrink the size of the group’s board from 22 to what the group’s CEO calls a more manageable nine....

Continued buzz about mercury in fish could bolster omega-3 supplements

The gravity of questions about mercury in fish seems to depend on the particular expert’s point of view, with neurologists high on the concern curve. But those concerns could bolster...

Organic & Natural Health launches omega-3 field study

The Organic and Natural Health Association has launched a consumer education campaign to encourage consumers to test their omega-3 levels to identify supplementation needs, following on from the success of...

To prep for April public launch, Supplement OWL site gets a few tweaks

The Supplement Online Wellness Library (OWL) website has been updated to include easier data input instructions, streamlining the data population process for the first industry-wide registry of finished products.

Developing plan to target specific markets makes best use of PR, experts say

Being focused in your goals and being available for media professionals after the distribution of a press release are some of the key elements in making PR work for your...

GNC reportedly to file suit over banned Super Bowl ad

GNC reportedly is considering filing suit over the NFL's rejection of the company's Super Bowl ad. While the rejection has been called hypocritical, a sports consultant said he wasn't surprised. ...

Hi-Tech founder claims his devotion to DMAA is part of crusade against regulatory overreach

Amid reports that new products containing the banned stimulant ingredient DMAA continue to find their way onto the market one company has persisted in marketing them openly.

In wake of media coverage of adolescent access to creatine, CRN urges retailers to be part of consumer education efforts

News outlets around the nation have picked up a study published in the most recent issue of the journal Pediatrics about how easy it is for teenagers under 18 to...

Transparency is only way for GMO technology to thrive, exec says

Openness and transparency is the only way for genetic engineering technology to thrive in the supply of dietary ingredients, said an official with a company engaged in the practice.

‘Pro business’ is best guess when looking at character of Trump administration

Donald Trump’s historic victory leaves dietary supplement industry observers wrestling with the question of what will be the character of his administration, when the candidate himself has taken so many...

13 things we learned from the IPA’s DC Workshop

From market sizing to the positions from FDA and FTC on NDIs and claims substantiation, the International Probiotic Association’s DC workshop succeeded in providing a venue for sharing knowledge and...

JAMA review finds no statistical support for bias in industry-sponsored research

A recent review that did not find a statistically significant link between industry sponsorship of studies and positive outcomes points to the conundrum faced by the developers of dietary ingredients,...

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