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Pressure mounts for regulatory clarity on CBDs

By Hank Schultz

The recent spate of FDA warning letters on the use of CBD as an ingredient in dietary supplements seems to have done little to dampen formulators’ enthusiasm for its use in new products. The situation is unprecedented in the herbal products sphere, observers...

FDA seizes $400,000 worth of kratom products in Illinois

FDA seizes $400,000 worth of kratom products in Illinois

By Hank Schultz

Despite an import ban on the substance, kratom-containing products continue to find their way into the country. In the latest action, the Food and Drug Administration has seized 90,000 bottles at a facility in Illinois.

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Looking Ahead at 2016? Be Prepared!

By Steve Mister, president & CEO, the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN)

What a difference a year makes! Last January at this time, who in the industry would have predicted the New York Attorney General (AG) debacle in February? Or Senator Dick Durbin’s dietary supplement amendments on the defense authorization bill in May?...

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The 10 key events of 2015… Our Editors’ selection

By Stephen Daniells

As we enter the twilight days of 2015 the editors of NutraIngredients-USA become a reflective bunch. A lot of things happened this year, and here is our top 10 of most important events of the year…

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Trade associations unanimous in support of DoJ/FTC/FDA crackdown

By Stephen Daniells

Dietary supplement trade associations have universally welcomed the Department of Justice’s nationwide sweep targeting more than 100 makers and marketers of dietary supplements for alleged fraudulent ingredients and illegal claims.

Durbin, Blumenthal urge FDA to take action against BMPEA

Durbin, Blumenthal urge FDA to take action against BMPEA

By Hank Schultz

US Senators Dick Durbin and Richard Blumenthal sent a letter yesterday to the Food and Drug Administration asking the agency to take action against products containing the synthetic stimulant ingredient known as BMPEA, products which the pair called both “mislabeled...

Industry finds new supporter in meeting with Rep. Ted Lieu, D-CA

Industry finds new supporter in meeting with Rep. Ted Lieu, D-CA

By Hank Schultz

The dietary supplement industry received a welcome breath of fresh air in a meeting of industry representatives with Rep. Ted Lieu, the newly elected Democrat in California’s 33rd Congressional District.  The meeting was arranged by Jarrow Formulas and...

Daniel Fabricant, PhD, CEO and Executive Director, Natural Products Association

20 Years of DSHEA: Focusing on the Future

By Daniel Fabricant, PhD, CEO and Executive Director, Natural Products Association

While we should certainly take a second to pause and reflect in honor of the 20th anniversary of the passage of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA), it’s important to keep in mind that the industry as a beacon of growth must focus...

McGuffin: DSHEA was about preserving right to direct one's own self care

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McGuffin: DSHEA was about preserving right to direct one's own self care

By Hank Schultz

Michael McGuffin, president of the American Herbal Products Association, has a unique perspective on the 20th anniversary of DSHEA having started in the herbal products industry in 1974, twenty years before the law was passed.  The law, as he sees it,...

Israelsen: DSHEA created world's most vibrant supplement marketplace

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Israelsen: DSHEA created world's most vibrant supplement marketplace

By Hank Schultz

The dietary supplement business has gone from fighting for its life to enjoying the fruits of an open, dynamic marketplace, and it’s all because of DSHEA, according to Loren Isrealsen, president of the United Natural Products Alliance.

Jury's out whether recent data shows improvement in NDI picture

Jury's out whether recent data shows improvement in NDI picture

By Hank Schultz

Preliminary figures from the American Herbal Products Association show that one in four recent New Dietary Ingredient notifications went through without objections from the Food and Drug Administration.  Whether that represents an improvement in the overall...

Fabricant leaves FDA, replaces Shaw as head of NPA

Fabricant leaves FDA, replaces Shaw as head of NPA

By Hank Schultz in Washington, DC

The Natural Products Association (NPA) announced this morning that Daniel Fabricant, PhD, will succeed John Shaw as chief executive officer of the organization effective immediately.  Shaw had tendered his resignation several days ago, the organization...

2013’s top regulatory, policy & enforcement news

2013’s top regulatory, policy & enforcement news

By Stephen DANIELLS

From warning letters to GMO labeling and FSMA, it’s been a busy year for the regulatory people. In this special gallery we review the top regulatory, policy & enforcement headlines from 2013. 

Hiring an attorney early is cheaper than hiring one late, expert says

Dispatches from SupplySide West 2013

Hiring an attorney early is cheaper than hiring one late, expert says

By Hank Schultz

As dietary supplement firms prepare for their initial (or follow up) GMP compliance inspections, it pays to have the advice of a consultant and/or a lawyer up front. Fixing problems on the back end is inevitably more expensive, said attorney Ivan Wasserman.

UNPA chief agrees with FDA that GMP compliance far from uniform

Dispatches from SupplySide West 2013

UNPA chief agrees with FDA that GMP compliance far from uniform

By Hank Schultz

Adverse event reporting, amphetamine-like substances showing up in products and NDI notifications are all prominent blips on FDA’s radar, said Loren Israelsen, president of the United Natural Products Alliance.

NDIs, GRAS & GMOs: CFSAN outlines priorities for 2013-14

NDIs, GRAS & GMOs: CFSAN outlines priorities for 2013-14

By Stephen DANIELLS

The Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) has outlined its priorities for 2013-14, with a 'surprising' number relevant to supplements, including NDIs, GRAS, and GMOs.

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