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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.

Canadian firm Naturally Splendid latest to get into Colorado CBD game

Canadian company Naturally Splendid, which has long experience in hemp production, is the latest to move toward marketing a dietary supplement based on cannabidiol (CBD), a non-narcotic fraction of the...

Vitamin Shoppe's move to put all labels into public database increases transparency, CRN chief says

The Vitamin Shoppe announced this week that it plans to have all  of the labels on products sold in its stores to be submitted to the the National Institutes of...

Video: In light of FDA's reticence, professional help critical in NDI submissions

The submissions of New Dietary Ingredient notifications seems as fraught as ever, and part of the issue is that regulators are not as communicative as they could be, according to...

Facebook and Twitter: FDA continues to monitor tweets and ‘likes’

A new warning letter from the Food and Drug Administration shows that the agency is continuing to scrutinize activity on Facebook and Twitter just as carefully as it is looking...

Guest article

What I Learned from Oz

Two weeks ago, I had the responsibility of representing the dietary supplement industry at a hearing about weight loss scams before the Consumer Protection Subcommittee of the Commerce Committee in...

Supplier says vitamin K2 is helping to turn the corner on calcium

Calcium is yet another nutrient that has taken a recent hit in the press and the marketplace with associations of high calcium intake with increased heart disease risk. But a...

POM vs Coke and what it means for dietary supplements

Borrowed science, NDIs, and fairy dusting: UNPA advises members to check their labels

Fairy dusting with high value ingredients and borrowing someone else’s science to support your own claims are just two of the ways that the POM vs Coke case could impact...

Dispatches from IFT 2014

DSM: Nutrition Facts Panel overhaul could discourage fortification

Proposals to shift focus to vitamin D, calcium, iron and potassium on the US FDA’s Nutrition Facts Panel make sense, but could remove incentives to fortify with other essential micronutrients,...

Regulations overhaul proceeding rapidly in Japan, ASEAN

Efforts to reform the way dietary supplements are regulated in Japan and the ASEAN are proceeding with startling speed, attendees of an event in Salt Lake City were told yesterday....

Dr Oz on ‘The Dr Oz Effect’: For my colleagues at the FTC, I realize I have made their jobs more difficult

Celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz has admitted that the biggest disservice he has done for his audience is not identifying where to buy the quality products he talks about on his...

Experts advise supplement companies to carefully review labels in wake of POM ruling

Dietary supplement manufacturers need to take a hard look at their labels and marketing messages in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision in the POM vs Coca-Cola case, experts...

Booming demand for sports certification points to need for overall quality assurance, NSF exec says

The growth of the sports nutrition sector has boosted the demand for NSF’s Certified for Sport certification, says Lisa Thomas, the program’s director.  But the reach of the program extends...

FTC settlement with DSM division sets precedent for future memory claims

DSM’s consumer products division i-Health has settled a claim with the Federal Trade Commission on the company’s use of an adult memory-enhancement claim for its algal DHA product. ...

IND guidance unfairly restricts supplement research, VDF FutureCeuticals says

The Food and Drug Administration has overstepped its bounds by ruling that a study’s endpoints, rather than the intended use of the product or ingredient being studies, determines whether an...

POM v Coke at Supreme Court: Food marketers be warned, if your labels are FDA compliant or not, you're fair game

While POM Wonderful’s Supreme Court victory over Coca-Cola doesn’t have any direct impact on the wave of consumer class action lawsuits over false advertising engulfing the trade, it still makes...

Policing social media made easier with new tool from Ingredient Identity

Consulting firm Ingredient Identity is offering a way to help companies manage their social media platforms to avoid crossing regulatory boundaries.  The new subscription service can help flag posts that...

ISAPP consensus: Gut, yes. Immunity, no (for now)

Time to recognise ‘core benefits of certain probiotics’: ISAPP

The evidence has grown so strong for the best-documented probiotic strains that a generic digestive health claim should exist, according to a consensus statement from leading international researchers published this...

Jury's out whether recent data shows improvement in NDI picture

Preliminary figures from the American Herbal Products Association show that one in four recent New Dietary Ingredient notifications went through without objections from the Food and Drug Administration.  Whether that...

Entry to Latin America complicated by patchwork regulatory quilt

The regulatory picture for dietary supplements in Latin America is still very much a patchwork quilt, according to an expert who has studied the markets.  But harmonization is on the...

Dietary supplements and consumer trust: GOED outlines ways to deliver the ‘omega-3 product promise’

Consumer trust of dietary supplements could be as low as 10%, lower than both financial services (11%) and pharmaceutical (18%), according to data from the Global Organization for EPA and...

The color of success? See-through, SPINS says

The consumer desire for transparency may have originated in the food and beverage market, but it’s becoming an increasingly key part of doing business for makers of dietary supplement and...

Global probiotics business is booming, while Europe focuses on blends and 'piggybacking'

Strong growth in the Americas and Asia is helping the probiotics industry to strong success, while the European market recovers from regulatory challenges by focusing on blends and 'piggybacking claims',...

DISPATCHES FROM VITAFOODS EUROPE 2014

DSHEA at 20: Law was a landmark for Europe, too

Joerg Gruenwald, a longtime natural products industry consultant, said the advent of DSHEA was a huge event in Europe as well as America.  It helped give European dietary supplement companies...

DSM enters olive polyphenol market; hard launches high-dose algae omega-3

Swiss-based DSM Nutritional Products (DNP) has entered the olive-sourced hydroxytyrosol market that has been hot since the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) issued a rare plant polyphenol health claim approval...

Special edition: Closing the fiber gap

Bread still rules high-fiber realm; Latin America rising fast

When it comes to fiber, baked goods are king. That might sound obvious, but in a world where the nutrient, its source and end application are often separated, it is...

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