GMPs, QA & QC

In defense of DSHEA: a call for calm

In defense of DSHEA: a call for calm

By Ivan J. Wasserman and Svetlana N. Walker

The recent Hydroxycut recall has caused a stir and the knives are out once again for the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA). But food lawyers Ivan Wasserman and Svetlana Walker argue those that would carve the regulation up are turning...

Supplements and DSHEA under mass attack

Supplements and DSHEA under mass attack

By Lorraine Heller

The US dietary supplement industry is facing a massive media onslaught after recent recalls of harmful products have placed the sector and the law that regulates it under the spotlight.

Developing solutions to fight food fraud

Developing solutions to fight food fraud

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

Adulteration of food proteins - as seen in the recent melamine scandal - is becoming a greater threat to industry as the food supply has become more globalized and economic crisis drives manufacturers to seek cheaper ingredients, says Jim Griffiths of...

GMP inspections likely to start by fall, says FDA

Dispatches from Supply Side East

GMP inspections likely to start by fall, says FDA

By Lorraine Heller

Although all medium-sized dietary supplement manufacturers in the US will be required to meet new GMP regulations as of June this year, FDA has said it is unlikely to start inspections until fall. The agency’s manager of the Division of Dietary Supplements...

CRN: GMP blind spots remain

Dispatches from Expo West

CRN: GMP blind spots remain

By Shane Starling

The staggered implementation of America’s controversial GMP rules is underway and due for completion in June, 2010. For the Council for Responsible Nutrition’s VP of regulatory and scientific affairs, Andrew Shao, PhD, the bill may be progressing but...

Israelsen: 'You wouldn’t know there is a recession'

Dispatches from Expo West

Israelsen: 'You wouldn’t know there is a recession'

By Shane Starling

At Expo West recently, Shane Starling sat down with industry stalwart, Loren Israelsen, to discuss the Obama effect, Senator Richard Durbin of Illinois, the “flyspeck” that is the Dietary Supplements and Health Education Act (DSHEA), GMPs, oh, and the...

FDA: we will enforce GMPs

Dispatches from Expo West

FDA: we will enforce GMPs

By Shane Starling

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been criticized for not enforcing Good Manufacturing Practises, but according to the FDA’s Brad Williams, boosted funding means FDA inspectors may be about to “saturate the field”. He spoke with Shane Starling...

Nanotech in supplements unsafe, says report

Nanotech in supplements unsafe, says report

By Lorraine Heller

The use of nanotechnology in dietary supplements is badly understood and largely unregulated, and could be putting consumers at serious risk, claims a new report.

The biggest challenges in making GMPs work

The biggest challenges in making GMPs work

Many medium and small dietary supplement companies are still not close to meeting new GMP requirements, despite the looming deadlines. Lorraine Heller speaks to industry members about the major challenges that remain, and the next steps that should be...

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