SUBSCRIBE

Breaking News on Supplements, Health & Nutrition - North America EU edition | APAC edition

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. 

DNA identification method that can work on extracts detailed in study

A new technology building on genetic information as the basis of botanical identification has been demonstrated in a recent research paper dealing with a common TCM ingredient.

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...

Special edition: Cognitive Health

Strict adherence to science backing only way to avoid memory claim pitfalls, experts say

Helping consumers maintain healthy memory function is one of the peaks many dietary supplement formulators seek to climb.  And it is one of the most likely targets for regulatory enforcement...

Data show botanicals are best selling category of supplements

The botanicals sector is thriving, in part because it is hooking onto broader trends in the culture. That’s the message that audience members received during a webinar yesterday.

AHPA supports NIST in DNA testing program

A new government program being facilitated by the American Herbal Products Association will assess the reliability of current DNA techniques for botanical identification.

Stakeholder group seeks consensus on dietary supplement quality practices

A collaborative group that includes stakeholders from across the industry is moving forward in an effort to define what is meant by ‘quality’ when referring to a dietary supplement.

CVS to institute new testing requirements for dietary supplements

As part of a corporate makeover, CVS Pharmacy says it intends to institute new standards for the dietary supplements it sells that will include specific testing requirements.

Panel: Consumers don't understand much about quality

Setting high quality standards is one thing.  But making that pay?  That’s not so easy, said participants at a recent dietary supplement industry meeting.

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....

University of Guelph nears launch of research alliance to boost DNA testing for botanicals

The University of Guelph in Canada is launching the NHP Research Alliance to provide global leadership to advance the use of DNA testing and molecular diagnostics in quality assurance QA...

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

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

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

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...