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NY Attorney General actions

NY Attorney General actions

On February 2, 2015, New York Attorney General Schneiderman sent cease and desist letters to four major retailers of herbal supplements after DNA tests found 79% didn’t contain the labeled substance or contained other non-listed ingredients. The industry response has been strong and scientific. This category brings you the latest developments. 

Marketers of Prevagen charged with making false and unsubstantiated claims by FTC, NY AG

Quincy Bioscience, marketers of brain health product Prevagen, has been charged with making deceptive memory, cognitive improvement claims by the Federal Trade Commission and New York State Attorney General.

Getting to know the supply chain: Lessons from 2016’s special editions

A year after the NY AG probe on botanical supplements, big calls for transparency came from both consumers and the industry. This year, we dedicated some of our in-depth coverage...

NBTY to DNA barcode herbal ingredients after agreement with NY AG

Supplement giant NBTY has reached an agreement with NY AG Eric Schneiderman to use DNA Barcoding to authenticate herbal ingredients and invest in herbal genetic research.

Today! Join experts from ABC, GNC, Herbalist & Alchemist & Nature’s Way for the NIU Botanicals Forum

Experts from GNC, Nature’s Way, Herbalist & Alchemist, and the American Botanical Council will discuss the challenges and opportunities in botanicals category in a FREE forum hosted by NutraIngredients-USA.

Trade groups claim victory on Puerto Rican product registration, fee plan

An onerous administrative order in Puerto Rico has been pushed further onto the back burner, according to press reports and industry trade association communications.

Special edition: botanicals

GNC/AHPA raw materials program nears final review

The botanical ingredients raw material GMP program started by GNC and managed by the American Herbal Products Association will be ready for final review in October, said an AHPA official.

Special Edition: Botanicals

Turmeric leads the charge as herbal sales continue to bloom

With 118% growth in the mass channel and 32% growth in the natural channel, turmeric/curcumin was the stand-out ingredient in 2015, with overall sales for the ingredient exceeding $50 million...

Special Edition: Botanicals

What’s going on with the NY AG 7?

The initial investigation launched by NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman focused on seven herbs - Echinacea, garlic, Ginkgo biloba, ginseng, Saw Palmetto, St John’s wort and Valerian. We review the...

NPA says input on Puerto Rican supplement regulation will form part of debt review

The Natural Products Association has stepped up its campaign at the national level to blunt the effects of an administrative order in Puerto Rico that puts additional burdens on dietary...

Expert review: ‘DNA barcoding unsuitable as a stand-alone tool for identifying & authenticating botanicals’

DNA barcoding to identify and authenticate botanical ingredients in dietary supplements should only be used in addition to other existing analytical methods, says a new expert review.

Crisis plan needs to extend to financial risk too, ChromaDex learns

Having a crisis communications plan in place to deal with allegations of financial impropriety is a must for a public company, as ChromaDex Corp recently learned to its chagrin.

GNC raw material proposal in active revision, AHPA says

The botanical raw material GMP proposal put forward by GNC earlier this year is in active revision, according the American Herbal Products Association.

Shelved Massachusetts bill part of rising tide of attempts to regulate supplements at state level

A moribund Massachusetts bill that would have restricted the sale of certain dietary supplements is part and parcel of a rising tide of state bills that affect the industry, according...

NPA, CRN claim efforts helped derail move to pile on more regulations in Puerto Rico

A bill that would have set into stone onerous requirements on dietary supplements in Puerto Rico has been set aside, and two trade associations are taking credit for helping to...

Attention given to preventing adulteration on the rise, but has that curbed the problem?

Is the dietary supplement industry getting a handle on the adulteration issue?  The baseline data does not exist to be able to say one way or another. But sources agree...

Archive Article of the Week

Consumer confidence, transparency & innovation: What's going on in the dietary supplements industry?

Schneiderman, McCaskill, Cohen, Frontline… it’s been blow after blow for the dietary supplements industry, so you have to ask if consumer confidence and trust in the products have been affected....

NOW Foods CEO: Transparency is key facet of brand equity

Transparency has become a watchword among dietary supplement companies. Jim Emme, president of NOW Foods, said it is one of the founding principles of his company.

Discounting to clear unexpected multivitamin inventory bulge hurts GNC's Q1 results

Supplement retailing giant GNC has suffered through a disappointing quarter that CEO Michael Archbold chalked up mostly to inventory problems.

DNA barcoding is a critical part of improving the industry’s quality program, says NY AG’s office

The New York Attorney General’s Office believes DNA barcoding is still critical for testing herbal supplements, despite new studies showing the inadequacies of the technology.

Data confirms that DNA barcoding alone not suitable for finished dietary supplement products

Two new studies have shown what many in industry have been claiming for a long time: DNA barcoding by itself is not an adequate method for analyzing botanical dietary supplements.

News in brief

ACI & CRN team up again for Dietary Supplement Legal & Regulatory Conference

Scott Bass, partner, Sidley Austin LLP, and Steve Mister, President & CEO of the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), will co-chair the Fourth Annual Legal, Regulatory, and Compliance Forum on...

Efforts to standardize documentation practices detailed at UNPA meeting

Trying to solve the supply chain issues facing the dietary supplement industry is complicated by the muddled state of documentation practices, but there are efforts underway to address the problem.

Bad publicity pall stalls M&A activity in supplements even as transactions soar in organic & natural foods, beverages

A hangover from the negative publicity of the past year has stalled M&A and financing activity in dietary supplements, even as this activity booms in other categories of the health...

AHPA, CRN, UNPA present unified front on self regulation initiatives

Three of the trade organizations representing the dietary supplement business came together in Utah this week to lend support to plans to extend the industry’s self regulation capabilities.

GNC's Archbold: It's urgent to adopt new raw material GMPs in order to stem erosion in consumer confidence

GNC’s new raw material GMPs, announced as a final intent if not in final form at an industry event this week, is “a concept whose time has come,” according to CEO...

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