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FTC proposes new guidelines to hem in use of fake reviews

By Hank Schultz

The US Federal Trade Commission is proposing an updated set of rules that would attempt to rein in the burgeoning use of phony reviews to hawk products online. They would also work to prevent the suppression of negative reviews

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Paper highlights safety of some weight management ingredients

By Danielle Masterson

With weight loss supplements under attack in several states, researchers rebut with science. The authors of a new paper examine the safety of six ingredients, a move they hope will encourage since-based decisions.

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Commentary

Is the supplement industry in for a reverse Dr Oz effect?

By Hank Schultz

The Senate candidacy of Dr Mehmet Oz, MD, could pose a public relations risk for the dietary supplement industry, as the prominent media personality gets attacked for being a ‘quack’ who has promoted questionable products.

Lessons from NutraIngredients-USA's Business Leaders Forum

Lessons from NutraIngredients-USA's Business Leaders Forum

By Stephen Daniells

Ongoing category growth, evolving immunity positioning, reacting to social media, and the long-tail of supply chain issues were just some of the take-aways from our recent Business Leaders Forum, which brought together the CEOs of Pharmavite, NOW, and...

NOW’s Aaron Secrist on Amazon exposé

NOW’s Aaron Secrist on Amazon exposé

By Danielle Masterson

NutraIngredients-USA sat down with Aaron Secrist, executive vice president of Quality, Regulatory Affairs & Operations at NOW Health Group, to reflect on what has happened over the past year and what he thinks is next for the e-commerce giant.

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NutraDads: An untapped market

By Danielle Masterson

As we head into Father’s Day weekend, NutraIngredients-USA sat down with several dads to discuss their role in their children’s nutrition.

AHPA's McGuffin on DSHEA 2.0, CBD's path forward, and more

AHPA's McGuffin on DSHEA 2.0, CBD's path forward, and more

By Stephen Daniells

While AHPA supports H.R.841, the association wishes FDA “would do its job and establish a legal pathway [for hemp and CBD], but they haven’t,” said Michael McGuffin. “Something needs to happen.”

NPA’s Fabricant on CBD, NDI-related import alerts, and banned stimulants

NPA’s Fabricant on CBD, NDI-related import alerts, and banned stimulants

By Stephen Daniells

Efforts to move the needle on hemp-CBD at the Federal level are slow, and upcoming exits of key personnel at FDA are unlikely to affect progress much, says NPA’s Dr Daniel Fabricant. “In some ways I think FDA likes the status quo,” he tells NutraIngredients-USA.

NutraWomen Wednesday: Dr. Susan Kleiner, High Performance Nutrition

NutraWomen Wednesday: Dr. Susan Kleiner, High Performance Nutrition

By Danielle Masterson

Susan Kleiner, PhD, began researching the nutritional needs of male and female bodybuilders in the 80s. Since then, She founded the internationally recognized consulting firm, High Performance Nutrition, LLC, authored a number of books, consulted with...

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Immune support in the age of vaccines: Do shots threaten the category?

By Danielle Masterson

The immune support category continues to dominate dietary supplements as the pandemic proceeds to push consumers toward prioritizing their immune health. But with more than two million Americans getting the COVID-19 vaccine every day, where does the category...

Probiota Champions: In conversation with Prof Gregor Reid

Probiota Champions: In conversation with Prof Gregor Reid

By Stephen Daniells

From leading the FAO/WHO working group on Probiotics to his pioneering work in Africa, Prof Gregor Reid’s impact on the probiotics, prebiotics, and microbiome fields is immense. We caught up with him to hear his stories, opinions, and thoughts on what’s...

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NPA asks FDA to help curb lawsuits over caloric values of BCAAs

By Hank Schultz

The Natural Products Association has asked FDA to clarify that the minor amount of calories contributed by certain amino acids do not need to be reported on labels. Publication of an official enforcement discretion would forestall frivolous lawsuits,...

NutraVideo: Clinical studies are key in gaining consumer trust

NutraVideo: Clinical studies are key in gaining consumer trust

By Danielle Masterson

The Coronavirus pandemic was a wakeup call for many, highlighting how conventional medicine may not have immediate solutions. This is driving consumers to look for alternative solutions, but not everyone is convinced dietary supplements are the answer....

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Experts lay out post-pandemic retailing strategies

By Hank Schultz

Marketing experts recommend that brands formulate a strategy to be as nimble as possible to deal with the as yet unknown changes to the supplement marketplace in the post pandemic world. A greater online capability is seen as one of key parts of that...

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