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Supplement execs have poured $4.5m into Romney’s campaign coffers

Firms and individuals with ties to the nutrition and dietary supplement industry have poured more than $4.5m into Mitt Romney's campaign coffers, according to an analysis conducted by USA TODAY.

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Valensa/Parry: We did not infringe LycoRed’s lycopene patents

Valensa International and partner E.I.D Parry (India) have denied allegations that their lycopene products are infringing patents owned by rival LycoRed.

Standing out in a crowded pomegranate extract market

Pharmachem Laboratories subsidiary American Ingredients Inc is hoping to stand out in the crowded US pomegranate extracts market with a polyphenol-rich organic extract that has been a bit hit in...

Excess maternal iodine linked to thyroid problems in newborns

Over supplementation with iodine during pregnancy could lead to the development of congenital hypothyroidism in newborns, according new clinical case data.

July in pictures: Jack3d Micro, algae’s promise, chia and decocainized coca leaf extracts ...

With Sen. Durbin on the warpath over cGMPs and yet more DMAA controversy, the supplements trade hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons in July. However, there were also...

Jarrow: Tribune article was ‘designed to encourage Congress into imposing Draconian new regime’ on supplement trade

A recent article in the Chicago Tribune that prompted a wave of negative publicity for the dietary supplements trade unfairly “maligned an industry” according to California-based supplement maker Jarrow Formulas.

EU science agency backs omega-3s up to 5g a day

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) says there are no safety concerns in consuming various omega-3 forms at up to 5g per day – much higher than typical recommended upper...

Will the FDA revise its stance on synthetic botanical constituents? It’s not looking promising…

Firms hoping the FDA might change its unpopular stance on synthetic copies of botanical constituents as it rewrites its draft guidance on new dietary ingredients (NDIs) could be disappointed.

Sales of new veggie vitamin D3 are ‘brisk', claims Global Health Trax

Supplement manufacturer Global Health Trax (GHT) claims sales of its new plant based Vitamin D3 supplements — claimed to be the only 100% plant-based D3 products on the North American...

Researchers explore molecular mechanisms of malnutrition

Researchers have uncovered new molecular mechanisms involved in malnutrition, which may one day mean those with poor nourishment do not suffer from ill health.

GNC backpedals on DMAA and prepares for launch of 'banned-substance-free' MARKED range

Supplement giant GNC - which put its head above the parapet in April to defend DMAA while the rest of the trade kept silent - says it has since “made a...

Self-affirmed GRAS under fire again as PEW highlights ‘loophole that appears to have swallowed the law'

There are serious weaknesses in a system that allows firms to self-affirm the safety of food ingredients without the approval or knowledge of regulators, according to researchers conducting a probe...

Low vitamin D linked to increased risk of dying in older adults

Low levels of vitamin D could mean a much greater risk of death in older adults – especially those who are frail – according to new research.

Creatine supplement makers at loggerheads over new study

Kre-Alkalyn makers All American Pharmaceutical has disputed a study funded by rival creatine producers AlzChem that claims Kre-Alkalyn supplementation does not increase muscle creatine as much as normal amounts of...

New bill would ensure anabolic steroids are not misrepresented as legitimate dietary supplements, say backers

New legislation proposed in the Senate this week would help to ensure anabolic steroids are not misrepresented as legitimate dietary supplements by broadening the definition and imposing tougher penalties on...

Brain food gains momentum as Thorne Research creates JV to develop new cognitive health supplements range

Thorne Research - a leading supplier of dietary supplements to the healthcare practitioner market - has set up a joint venture with psychiatrist Dr. Daniel Amen and Integrative Health Resources...

In pictures: Bunge takes collaboration up a gear with state-of-the-art culinary center in Bradley, IL

Bunge has taken collaboration to a new level with the launch of a new state-of-the-art culinary center at its Ingredient Innovation Center for edible oils and carbohydrates in Bradley, Illinois....

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AHPA: Mojo Nights warning letter ‘clear signal’ that FDA intent on tackling drugs masquerading as supplements

A Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warning letter sent to a sexual enhancement supplements maker should serve as a “clear signal that FDA continues its enforcement efforts against illegal drugs or...

Bestselling author to headline CRN conference & crisis management session added to program

Mike Halpern, New York Times bestselling author and well-known senior political analyst for TIME, will return as the featured speaker at The Conference, The Council for Responsible Nutrition’s (CRN) annual...

Omega-3, -6 combination shows promise for inattention and cooperation in ADHD kids

A combined supplement of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids may improve measures of inattention, impulsiveness, and cooperation in children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), suggests new data.

AHPA responds to Sen. Durbin-Blumenthal cGMP questions

The American Herbal Products Association has responded to Senators Durbin and Blumenthal to outline current and future initiatives to support its members’ efforts to comply with current good manufacturing practices...

Med diet satisfies growing teens’ zinc requirements

Young people aged 11-14 can eat a healthy Mediterranean diet and get all the zinc they need to help them grow, according to researchers.

Coffee antioxidants row latest: KonaRed claims victory; VDF insists it isn’t over yet

A legal spat between VDF FutureCeuticals (VDF FC) and juice maker KonaRed over coffee fruit antioxidants has moved into a new phase, with KonaRed claiming victory but VDF insisting the...

Grape powder may improve blood pressure, vascular health: Human study

Daily supplements of a freeze-dried grape polyphenol powder may reduce systolic blood pressure and improve the health of blood vessels, says a new study.

Vitamin D3 beats D2 for maintaining winter levels: Study

Vitamin D3 is more effective at maintaining blood levels of the sunshine vitamin during winter months than the D2 form, says a new study.

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