The highly splintered nature of Europe's food supplement industry
is being underlined by the divergent reactions to forthcoming new
legislation, designed to harmonise trade across all member states,
writes Dominique Patton.
Lets have some self-policing before it's too late, was the cry from
one New York lawyer after yesterday's hard-hitting hearing on
dietary supplements in the house committee on energy and commerce,
writes Philippa Nuttall.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was brought to task by
senators yesterday, who demanded that makers of vitamins and other
dietary supplements should have to report potential safety risks to
The doors open today at the Baltimore Convention Center for the
three day dietary supplement and health ingredients trade show
SupplySide East. Highlights include a three-day education program
ranging from FDA updates to low carb...
The standards of quality control on herbal supplements will need to
be tightened if the US public are to have any confidence in their
health claims. That was the main talking point of a symposium as
experts gathered for three days...
The growing use of dietary supplements has caused alarm in recent
months among the medical community who fear dangerous interactions
with prescription medicines. But a new study concludes that most
potential drug-supplement interactions...
Greater integration of research and further emphasis on continuing
evaluation of programs will inform the revised strategy of the US
office of dietary supplement, which this week released its plans
for the next five years.
Further research is needed into ephedra alternatives, said US Food
and Drug Administration Commissioner Mark McClellan yesterday,
singling out bitter orange, aristolochic acid and usnic acid as
those with high potential risks.
A single dose of a dietary supplement containing ephedra and
caffeine can increase blood pressure and cause changes that have
the potential to affect heart rhythms, shows a new study by
The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists has released
medical guidelines on the clinical use of dietary supplements and
nutraceuticals, to better educate doctors about the risks and
benefits of natural products, it claims.
The dietary supplement industry trade associations AHPA, CHPA, CRN,
NNFA, and UNPA have declared their support for legislation
introduced on Thursday that would require steroid hormone
precursors such as androstenedione to be listed...