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Product claims

Product claims

The industry has a number of ways of explaining the potential health benefits of its products, from structure/function claims to full health claims. However, claims on labels, websites, at trade shows, and even twitter feeds are coming under increased scrutiny. In this topic category we bring all the news on claims together in one easily accessible section.

For video gamers, cognitive supplements have an edge over energy drinks

Energy and sports drink companies have heavily invested in marketing towards the video gaming community, a space which the cognitive supplement space may benefit from, according to category experts.

Researchers answer whether a low-fat or low-carb diet is more successful for weight loss

The long-raging debate over whether cutting carbs or cutting fat is a better way lose weight is a false dichotomy, according to new research published in the American Journal of...

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...

Archive article of the week

Herbal supplements all too often ignore underlying principles, experts say

Fitting ingredients that come out of traditional medical systems into the modern marketplace can be a fraught exercise, experts say.

GUEST ARTICLE: Can the food industry learn from the GMO story? Five ways to earn trust in gene editing

If you care about GMO labeling, you only have a few more days to respond to USDA's 30 questions* about how to implement the new law. The looming deadline is...

CRN to extend medical foods membership in effort to help define category

What can properly be called a medical food?  The Council for Responsible Nutrition wants to help frame the answer to that question.

Sports nutrition brands have lower SAE rates, expert says

Despite the perception that sports nutrition products tend to include ‘edgy’ ingredients, data suggest that these are among the safest of supplements, already a very safe category, an expert says,

IPA World Congress + Probiota Americas 2017

There's opportunity in new probiotic enumeration technology, says expert

Analyzing and identifying probiotic strains in a finished product is becoming increasingly crucial as probiotic-infused food, beverages, and supplements climb further into consumer interest.

GAO’s memory supplement review

‘Agencies need to do more around the most egregious memory claims’: CRN’s Mister

The majority of dietary supplements making memory claims adhere to the federal requirements but some still go too far with their claims, according to a new review from the US...

Breaking news

FDA extends compliance deadline for Nutrition Facts panel changes

As widely expected, the FDA is to extend the compliance dates for the Nutrition Facts label final rules to give manufacturers more time to prepare, although it has not yet...

ACI FOOD LAW FORUM: GMO labeling blues, Nutrition Facts delays, daily values and de-fortification, and will the FDA ever nail down natural?

Will the July 2018 deadline for compliance with the new Nutrition Facts panel stand? Will federal GMO labeling regulations stop GMO-related lawsuits? And will the FDA nail down ‘natural’ anytime...

News in brief

Kohjin announces special status from Koshser certifier

Kohjin Life Sciences has added to the long list of certifications for its Opitac Glutathione with a special status from a Kosher certifier.

NAXA head launches five new single-ingredient trade associations

The principal of a consulting firm that is the motivating force behind two single-ingredient trade organizations has launched an ‘incubator’ program that debuts with the formation of five new trade...

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...

FlavorHealth CEO: We have to move away from this black and white view of 'natural,' when there are shades of gray… the important thing is complete transparency

How are the next generation of natural flavors being developed? Elaine Watson caught up with Christian Kopfli, CEO of New Jersey-based FlavorHealth, which is taking high-throughput cell-based screening to the...

Strain-level specificity critical for full compliance, NSF probiotics labeling expert says

Labeling probiotics to the strain level is becoming an increasing focus in NSF’s certification process, an expert told NutraIngredinets-USA.

Most NZ fish oil supplements meet label claims, oxidation levels: GOED analysis

Testing of 47 fish oil supplements purchased at retail in New Zealand shows that 91% met EPA/DHA label claims, according to strict GOED standards, while most also met regulatory limits...

FDA sends out 14 warning letters in sweep on cancer claims

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has sent warning letters to 14 companies this week about marketing products for illegal cancer claims.

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...

NOSB defers vote on organic certification for hydroponics amid confusion about ‘basically everything’

Hydroponic and aquaponic farms can keep their organic status – at least for now – following the National Organic Standards Board’s decision April 21 to defer a vote on whether...

Medical food marketer taken to task over IND filings on studies

Targeted Medical Pharma, a company marketing medical foods for pain management, has been hit with an FDA warning letter that illustrates the complexities of this product category and the studies...

Aker ends ITC case against Olympic, but district court patent infringement suit to continue

Aker BioMarine has pulled the plug on its patent infringement suit that was being pursued before the International Trade Commission.  But the company is still suing a Norwegian competitor and...

Nature’s Bounty extends probiotics range with Cardio Health launch

The Nature’s Bounty Co’s newest probiotic product is starting to appear on shelves this week, with significant scientific substantiation for its ability to support heart health by maintaining healthy cholesterol levels ...

Lifeway to 'vigorously defend' false ad lawsuit: 'Our kefir is 99% lactose free'

Lifeway Foods has vowed to defend itself “vigorously” against a lawsuit claiming it falsely advertised its fermented dairy products as ‘99% lactose free’ when they allegedly contained almost 4% lactose (milk sugar).

Supplement to offer structured introduction of potential food allergens into kids' diets

The increasing prevalence of food allergies is a challenge that has opened a business opportunity for California startup Before Brands.