A new test method may enhance the identification of adulterants in black cohosh products, and allay concerns over potential liver toxicity from the presence of other related herbal species in black cohosh formulations.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning letter to a Connecticut-based manufacturer of vitamins, minerals and herbal extracts for a host of GMP breaches that include failure to test final batches.
A veteran kava researcher says liver toxicity cases that have been reported in recent years may be down to isolated quality control issues, rather than inherent toxicity issues with the herb and its extracts.
An unauthorized synthetic form of geranium oil – known as 1.3-dimethylpentylamine – remains on-market in major-label dietary supplements, although a retailer crackdown has some “fringe” supplement manufacturers looking for other stimulants to illegally...
US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are employing “Predictive Risk-based Evaluation” to target economically motivated adulteration of erectile dysfunction and other unauthorized supplements at US borders.
NSF International’s acquisition of Connecticut-based contract laboratory Pharmalytica Services will allow the company to deliver of a wider range of health science services to the dietary supplements, biotech, pharmaceutical and medical device industries,...
Failing to follow manufacturing records, inappropriate batch production records and poor packaging and label control have been cited by the FDA in a recent post GMP inspection warning letter to a Montana manufacturer.
First up this month: The US Military has begun a clinical trial in Iraq to test if supplementing soldiers’ diets with omega-3 improves their mental health and stress resilience. The research is led by Dr. Daniel Johnston, US Army Lieutenant Colonel and...
2010 saw the first warning letters from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for supplement Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) violations, but the overall numbers were down on 2009 levels. FDA legal specialists Ivan Wasserman and La Toya Sutton look...
Freshly issued FDA GMP guidance for small-to-medium sized dietary supplement manufacturers regurgitates a lot of what has already been published in the regulation, but does bring fresh focus to matters such as expiration dates and ingredient supplier...
The Natural Products Association (NPA) has entered the debate about the analytical methods employed by product tester, ConsumerLab, by calling on the product tester to make its standards and methods more transparent.
In the same week the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced an industry-backed crackdown on spiked weight loss, body building and sexual enhancement products, the agency issued an alert against a sulfoaildenafil-contaminated product called Man...
In the midst of a dispute over valerian product testing standards that has escalated into something far more rancorous, the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) has called on ConsumerLab.com to seek industry counsel over those very same standards.
A herbal erectile dysfunction (ED) dietary supplement has been voluntary withdrawn from the US market by its Floridian manufacturer after it was alerted to a contamination problem with the unauthorized substance, sildenafil.
Researchers at the University of California, Riverside have developed tests to measure the purity of pomegranate juice and juice blends, funded by a $50,000 one-year grant from juice company POM Wonderful.
India’s Natural Remedies Pvt. Ltd., a supplier of herbal ingredients, has obtained GMP certification from NSF International, with the manufacturing facility reported to be compliant with NSF/ANSI Standard 173, Section 8 Dietary Supplements.
Irradiation has risen in importance as it has become specifically outlawed in new Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) regulations. But the practice continues due to its ability to cheaply remove contaminants from raw materials.
NutraIngredients-USA.com caught up with United States Anti-Doping Agency chief executive officer, Travis Tygart, at the recent SupplySide West trade show in Las Vegas to get an update on USADA’s position on dietary supplements.
In part two of this special interview with the heads of the major US dietary supplement trade groups, the three chiefs unpack the state of play for Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) along with adverse event reporting (AERs).
Following last Friday’s decision by Abbott Laboratories to pull its sibutramine-containing weight loss drug Meridia due to concerns about side effects, questions are being asked about dietary supplement contamination with the substance.
China’s reputation as an ingredient supplier has suffered from a spate of food safety problems – but the food industry should not paint all China-based companies with the same broad brush, says stevia supplier GLG Life Tech.
A coffee product claiming to assist erectile dysfunction has been deemed an unapproved drug by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) due to the presence of hydroxythiohomosildenafil, an analogue of sildenafil, used in the sexual aid Viagra.
The Food and Drug Administration Food Safety Modernization Bill (S. 510) will bolster safety and quality in the US dietary supplements industry, according to leading trade group the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN).
Industry groups say mandatory reporting of non-serious Adverse Event Reports (AERs) will lead to, “an avalanche of trivial information” that may jeopardise public safety and confuse and overwhelm financial markets.
The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) says the Consumer Reports article that this week criticized the dietary supplements industry for being under-regulated and named a “dirty dozen” of supplement ingredients to avoid, is guilty of the kind...
A dietary supplement trade group has urged the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) not to require adverse event reports from nutritional supplements in its incident reporting system as it will confuse consumers and interfere with existing processes.
Small to medium enterprises (SMEs – less than 20 staff) were given two years longer to comply with GMPs than the biggest dietary supplements manufacturers, but it is feared many have yet to get their systems and documentation in order and would struggle...
Michael McGuffin, the president of the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA), tells Shane Starling why recently implemented adverse event reporting (AER) is delivering on its promise some three years down the line.
Eggshell ingredient firm ESM Technologies says that recent independent tests on its calcium ingredient have verified that heavy metal levels are well below legal limits, which the firm hopes will boost its uptake as a natural source of calcium.