FTC settles supplements case
The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has received a settlement of
$30,000 from Robert Waitkus, a businessman running an illegal
pyramid operation selling unlicenced dietary supplements.
Oz planning vitamin review
A review of the Australian market for vitamins and other health
supplements is planned for later this year, with tighter regulation
of the multi-million dollar business the likely outcome.
US consumers call for ephedra recall
A US consumer group has called for the Food and Drug Administration
to recall 10 products containing a synthetic form of ephedra
following similar recalls in Canada.
Wild Oats facing lawsuit
Natural and organic foods retailer Wild Oats Markets is facing a
lawsuit filed by its co-founders and former board members.
UK calls for ban on pistachio imports
The UK Food Standards Agency is calling for a ban on pistachio nuts
imported from Iran following a survey which found high levels of
cancer-causing mycotoxins in 10% of pistachio samples.
Fighting bioterrorism tops FDA to-do list
The war against terrorism in the US has opened up a new front - the
food industry. The US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has made
protecting the food supply from potential terrorist action one of
its priorities for 2002.
Kava set to become prescription-only in Germany
A German committee that issues advice on prescription drugs has
recommended that the government make kava, the popular herbal
remedy, a prescription-only product.
US consumers fight weight-loss scam
US consumers are suing weight-loss supplement manufacturer Body
Solutions for misleading product advertising, reports NBC news.
New Zealand planning tough new standards
In a bid to curb the growing number of fraudulent claims, Standards
New Zealand is to release a draft standard defining the organic
food category. The draft will be published in May with the final
definition expected by December.
Britain's cheesemakers get food safety guide
The UK's Food Standards Agency has launched a new food safety
initiative aimed at the country's 180 or so specialist
Byrne seeks greater harmony on E.coli measures
European Health and Consumer Protection Commissioner David Byrne
has expressed his concern about the wide variations in measures to
combat E.coli contamination between EU Member States.
Lobbyists target MEPs over food supplements
La Leva di Archimede, a consumer association which fights to
protect freedom of choice with particular emphasis on health
matters and nutrition, is protesting to MEPs about proposed changes
to the rules governing food supplement sales...
Dietary supplement guidelines published
A new guide on claims made for dietary supplements has been issued
by the US Food and Drug Administration
EU food safety agency gets green light
European Union agriculture ministers have given the go-ahead for
the creation of a Union-wide food safety agency, but the exact
location of the body has yet to be decided.
EU to harmonise registration of traditional herbal medicines
The European Commission is to propose a specific registration
procedure for herbal medicinal products with a long-standing
traditional use in a bid to improve quality checks and market