A US District Court has ruled against the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and in favor of a supplements firm, in a landmark case that found FTC’s criticism of the company’s advertising was simply a “difference of opinion”.
The FDA is being sued for the third time in three weeks, this time over its “censorship” of 13 antioxidant qualified health claims, which the attorney mounting the case says amounts to “contempt of federal court orders” dating from 1999.
The use of health claims on food products in Canada could be set for a significant revamp, as the nation’s regulatory body reviews its approach. NutraIngredients-USA.com examines areas of potential amendment and breaks down the current system in anticipation...
A review of Canada’s regulations governing food and natural health products has again highlighted the “confusion and uncertainty” generated by the system, which it says could be restricting the market potential of foods with health benefits.
Three bills have been introduced to Congress by Republican House of Representatives member, Ron Paul, that seek to limit how the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) enforce health claims and police health information.
The Food and Drug Administration has sent a warning letter to a Minnesota-based supplements manufacturer for making misleading claims that its probiotic supplements could prevent or treat human swine flu (H1N1).
A new report that calls for fewer restrictions on the use of health claims in Canada has been criticized as being “superficial” and not grasping the intricacies of the Canadian and US food legislative frameworks.
Not again! As if industry is not struggling enough with the severity of the European Food Safety Authority’s nutrition and health claims rulings so far, the situation has not been helped by the kind of articles that appeared in the UK press today and...
How will the new health claims system in Europe impact the state of play in the North American market? Lorraine Heller speaks to a leading international ingredients supplier about the potential marketing and regulatory implications.
Lorraine Heller met with Randy Dennin, chairman of the Chinese branch of US trade group Natural Products Association (NPA), at Supply Side East and asked him about regulatory and other challenges on the Sino peninsula.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has reached agreement on a lawsuit it lodged against a US-based distributor in 2005 for marketing and distributing a product making misleading weight loss claims, as its crack down on testimonial advertising gathers...
The Kellogg company has removed adverts stating its cereals were clinically proven to boost children’s concentration by almost one fifth, after the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) took issue with the marketing.
The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) has urged the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to reconsider proposed amendments to rules regarding the use of testimonials and endorsements in marketing materials on products including dietary supplements...
The antioxidant-rich açai berry has steadily grown in popularity over the past five years, but analysts warn that manufacturers need to start communicating the fruit’s benefits if consumers are to continue paying the premium.
Health claims that can be made on functional food products vary depending on the quality and quantity of scientific evidence that backs the claim. In this article, NutraIngredients-USA.com provides a break-down of the different types of research that...
Functional foods in the US are not legally defined as a distinct category, which has generated a confusing regulatory framework. In this article, NutraIngredients-USA.com provides a break-down of the health claims that can be used on the products.
Consumers are being duped into purchasing acai products with bogus credit card schemes and exaggerated health and nutrition claims, according to the healthy food advocate, Consumers for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI).
The New York State Assembly is to amend its agriculture and markets law to require dietary and nutritional supplement manufacturers to label products as tested or untested by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued over 40 warning letters to supplement marketers last year. An analysis by FDA legal specialists Ivan Wasserman and Svetlana Walker reveals that the agency’s focus was on cancer claims made on internet web...
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published guidance for dietary supplement manufacturers on what it considers to be sufficient scientific substantiation for the health claims made on their products.
As the year draws to a close, NutraIngredients-USA.com looks at occasions where the US FDA has intervened to clear up the food, drink and supplement industries of products that overstep the fine line between function and pharmaceutical.
In response to a recent BMJ editorial claiming that only drugs are effective for weight loss, members of the global food and supplements industries have defended the efficacy of their products, calling the article the “latest misinformed campaign”.
Lorraine Heller talks to Danisco’s director of regulatory and scientific affairs in North America – Stuart Craig – who predicts an environment of increased regulation for the nutraceuticals and functional food markets.
In a move that has divided industry, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has told German pharma giant Bayer in no uncertain terms to cease making disease reduction claims about products that contain both pharmaceutical and nutraceutical ingredients.
Chrysantis said it is developing its eye-health ingredient zeaxanthin for use in food and beverages as the company announced it is boosting its sales force to meet growing demand in the supplement sector.
At the end of last month, the founder of US supplements firm Berkeley Premium Nutraceuticals received the most severe punishment yet to be handed out for fraud in the industry: A 25-year jail sentence and $93,000 from his personal savings. The company...
The US Food and Drug Administration estimates that it will receive only one nutrient content claim notification and two health claim notifications per year, according to a notice to be published in the Federal Register.
Five US dietary supplement companies are facing lawsuits for marketing cancer cures, while another six firms have settled out of court following a crack down by the nation’s Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
Fresh opportunities for food makers to tap into soaring heart
health market are opening up as FDA extends use of soluble
fibre health claim to include certain whole oat products previously
ineligible due to fat content.
The final article in a NutraIngredients-USA.com series on health claims examines the top priorities set out by an FDA and FTC compliance lawyer on how companies can ensure they are making the right claims.
NutraIngredients-USA examines the enforcement strategy of the US
Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in its efforts to ensure that the
marketing claims made by food and dietary supplement manufacturers
are accurate and substantiated.