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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.

Round-up: Recent supplement industry advertising challenges by ASRC

In the past few months, five nutritional supplements by various brands have been investigated by two branches of the ASRC. Two of these products have been discontinued

FDA declines petition, sticks with soy protein’s heart health claim

The FDA will not revoke soy protein's health claims, as requested by a citizen petition. But the agency also admits that there will still be ongoing review on the ingredient....

AHPA, UNPA hire former state AG to make industry's case at meetings of state officials

The American Herbal Products Association and the United Natural Products Alliance have teamed up to engage state attorneys general who as a group have become more active in regards to...

Special Edition: Transparency in Dietary Supplements

Customers demanding transparency from supplement brands, retailers say

The notion that food consumers are more committed to transparency than are supplement users is not borne out at the retail level, experts from two natural channel retailers say.

Vermont AG office announces authorized companies to verify GMO-free claims

There will be two companies authorized to verify GMO-free claims in Vermont. Some experts worry about application backlog to meet the July 1 deadline, while others say it’s a step...

Medical foods based on amino acid/neurotransmitter technology to be marketed in China

Medical food specialist Targeted Medical Pharma has signed a Chinese distribution deal that bodes well for the long term health of the company.

Special Edition: Transparency in Supplements

Experts say transparency gains momentum even if consumers might not fully understand concept

Marketing experts agree that the concept of transparency is gaining steam among consumers. Even if shoppers don’t always understand what the word means, the concept isn’t going away.

CRN suggests improvements to national supplement label database

The Dietary Supplement Label Database could be a more useful and comprehensive tool with a few changes, the Council for Responsible Nutrition said.

Sabinsa concludes curcumin patent suit that was part of a series involving Indian suppliers

Sabinsa Corp. has prevailed in yet another patent infringement suit based on its Curcumin C3 Complex ingredient. The most recent settlement is one in a series of suits the company...

How’s your memory and cognitive function? Take the Big Quiz of 2015!

There has not been a dull moment this year for the dietary supplements industry, but how well do you remember the key events?

NIU's Transparency Forum to look at post-NYAG landscape

The actions of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman have put an unprecedented pressure on the dietary supplement business, especially those companies dealing in herbal products. 

Does search for single component active constituents throw baby out with bath water?

Pharmaceutical-style reductionism has been the order of the day in the dietary supplement business. But strong synergistic countercurrents still exist, generated by product developers adhering to older traditions such as...

Prolific class action law firm sued for alleged racketeering

The firm of prominent attorney Jonathan Emord on behalf of a client has filed a lawsuit against Newport Trial Group, a California law firm noted for its numerous class actions....

FDA sends five warning letters over supplements containing picamilon

The US Food and Drug Administration has sent warning letters to five companies marketing dietary supplements containing picamilon, a controversial substance that has risen to prominence in recent months.

News in brief

Supplement marketer gets four months after pleading guilty to criminal contempt of court

A Livingston, MT resident has been sentenced to four months in prison and ordered to pay $80,000 in liquidated damages after pleading guilty to selling dietary supplements in violation of...

What is natural? First wave of comments are in (and hint at the challenge facing the FDA)

The FDA will have its work cut out when it comes to coming up with a workable definition of ‘natural’, if the comments submitted to the FDA thus far are...

News in brief

NPA to roll-out online TruLabel registry portal to industry in early 2016

The Natural Products Association is making its TruLabel registration database available to the industry for voluntary registration and the general public with a new online portal database set to be...

Sustained release powdered CarnoSyn opens doors to new markets, applications for beta-alanine

Natural Alternatives International’s new sustained release CarnoSyn powder significantly expands the appeal of the muscle-building and endurance-boosting beta-alanine ingredient beyond just hardcore fitness enthusiasts to women, the elderly and consumers...

Forum delves into state of inflammation claims enforcement and research backing for those claims

How can you best show an anti inflammatory effect for a dietary supplement, and, having proved that, what can you say about that effect? Participants in a recent NutraIngredients-USA forum,...

Trade associations unanimous in support of DoJ/FTC/FDA crackdown

Dietary supplement trade associations have universally welcomed the Department of Justice’s nationwide sweep targeting more than 100 makers and marketers of dietary supplements for alleged fraudulent ingredients and illegal claims.

Special edition: Inflammation

Study designs looking at chronic inflammation are attractive for researchers, tricky for marketers

Designing a study on a product that can influence inflammation that can subsequently be used directly to support a marketing plan is a delicate operation. It can skirt dangerously close...

‘Don’t reinvent the wheel’: Industry & government should work together on improving existing DSLD, says AHPA

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) Board of Trustees has opposed the establishment of a mandatory requirement for dietary supplements to be registered with the FDA as a stand-alone approach...

Supplement firm still in operation despite slew of disease claims, GMP violations

A warning letter issued last month to dietary supplement firm Sound Healing Arts illustrates what’s wrong with the current enforcement picture at FDA, says an industry observer.

Special edition: Regulatory Focus

Sharfstein floats new regulatory framework dialing in on safety and backing off on claims

Former FDA official Dr Joshua Sharfstein, MD, has proposed a new paradigm for the regulation of dietary supplements. The underlying shift would be a move from an attitude of “benefit...

Special Edition: Regulatory Focus

Federal court rebuffs FTC effort to apply pharmaceutical standards to dietary supplement substantiation

The decision in the Bayer Corp. contempt case has important implications for the dietary supplement industry, say attorneys Steven Shapiro and Marc Ullman in this guest article: 

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