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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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FDA slams Delta-8 THC sellers over claims

By Hank Schultz

FDA came down hard on purveyors of Delta-8 THC and CBD products that were making disease claims on the substances. The Agency also reiterated the reasons it believes Delta-8 is not a suitable ingredient for products marketed as supplements.

NutraWomen Wednesday: Pooja Nair, partner at Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP

NutraWomen Wednesday: Pooja Nair, partner at Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP

By Danielle Masterson

Attorney Pooja Nair is a Harvard-educated business litigator who has an eagle eye on the food and beverage sector. She advises clients, including restaurant groups, food brands, and manufacturers on a comprehensive range of issues. She is also a noted...

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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.

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Navigating the legal landscape of weight loss supplements

By Danielle Masterson

Over 42% of adults in the US are considered obese—giving weight loss brands easy marketing fodder amid the obesity epidemic. Unfortunately, this category of supplements has a checkered history, and has become labeled as one of FDA's problem children.

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Guest article

Industry needs consensus in 2022, CRN says

By Steve Mister, President and CEO, Council for Responsible Nutrition

As the dietary supplement industry turns the corner to 2022, a range of challenges confronts us— supply chain disruptions, staffing shortages, and inflationary pressures, to name a few. Some difficulties must be addressed individually, but I suggest the...

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Another phenibut product shows up in warning letter

By Hank Schultz

An FDA warning letter to the marketer of a product containing phenibut took the company to task over noncompliant disease claims but made no mention of the legal status of the ingredient itself.

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Hangover cures keep coming despite FDA action

By Hank Schultz

Despite a recent FDA enforcement action, bringing hangover products to market with provocative claims continues to be a siren call for the dietary supplement industry.

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Consumers commonly confused by probiotics, survey finds

By Danielle Masterson

Now that fall has officially arrived, immune health is front and center, with 75% of consumers saying they’re relying on some type of supplement. So where do probiotics stand? Danone conducted a survey recently to find out.

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Dangerous Black Salve products continue to find way to market

By Hank Schultz

An FDA warning letter has been issued for a an under the radar topical herbal product known as Black Salve that continues to appear on the market even after the Agency issued a consumer warning calling the product “life threatening.”

NutraCast: Greg Leyer, PhD, on probiotics for vulnerable populations

NutraCast: Greg Leyer, PhD, on probiotics for vulnerable populations

By Danielle Masterson

The number of preemies receiving probiotics in the US and Canada is increasing steadily, but skeptics say there is potential for harm in this vulnerable population. Greg Leyer, PhD, the Senior Director of Scientific Affairs, at Chr. Hansen says if done...

Highlights from the Beauty from Within webinar

Highlights from the Beauty from Within webinar

By Danielle Masterson

The beauty from within category is resonating in the marketplace as consumers look to maintain a youthful glow and even turn back the clock. The nutri-cosmetics market is forecasted to grow significantly over the next few years and the rising interest...

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