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  • Little-Known Regulations Could Have Big-Time Consequences

    Little-Known Regulations Could Have Big-Time Consequences

    Taylor Wallace, PhD, senior director, scientific and regulatory affairs, CRN || February 15, 2012
    All too often I find myself reading yet another story about dietary supplements where the author of the article incorrectly asserts that dietary supplements are unregulated. Not only is this incorrect, but it is also potentially damaging to the respo…

  • Chocolate Trends

    Chocolate Trends

    Joanna Cosgrove, Online Editor || February 13, 2012
    Cargill webinar covers the top 10 consumer-driven trends set to influence the market this year.

  • ABC Publishes Article Documenting Supplement Regulations

    February 7, 2012
    Dietary supplements are subject to a wide array of federal government regulations in the U.S., according to a new report published by the non-profit American Botanical Council (ABC), Austin, TX.

  • EU Health Claims Present Challenges for Food Companies

    January 26, 2012
    Health claims will be at the top of the business agenda for food companies this year as the European Union (EU) is soon expected to adopt a first list of generic health claims allowed for use, according to international food policy expert EAS.

  • How Sweet It Is

    How Sweet It Is

    Joanna Cosgrove, Online Editor || January 26, 2012
    Stevia gains traction as natural alternative to sugar.

  • U.S. to Overhaul School Lunch Program with New Health Standards

    January 25, 2012
    First Lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack have unveiled new standards for school meals they hope will result in healthier meals for kids across the nation.

  • EFSA Approves Article 14 Health Claim for Barley Betafiber

    January 19, 2012
    European food and beverage manufacturers will soon be able to use a stronger health claim on products that contain Barliv barley betafiber (beta-glucan). In a summary scientific opinion by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) in December 2011, the panel confirmed a cause-and-effect relationship between barley beta-glucans and lower/reduced blood cholesterol.

  • Nutrition Facts? No Thanks.

    Nutrition Facts? No Thanks.

    Joanna Cosgrove, Online Editor || January 19, 2012
    ADA study asserts most consumers don’t pay much attention to Nutrition Facts labels.

  • $1.5 Million Settlement Reached in Deceptive Advertising Case

    January 9, 2012
    The FTC has announced that an operation that marketed acai berry supplements, "colon cleansers" and other products using allegedly fraudulent free trial offers and phony endorsements from Oprah Winfrey and Rachael Ray will pay $1.5 million as part of a settlement. The money will be made available for consumer refunds.

  • NDI Notification Guidance: Proceeding (With Caution)

    NDI Notification Guidance: Proceeding (With Caution)

    Joanna Cosgrove, Online Editor || January 2, 2012
    The upside: FDA has begun the process of vetting the comments filed in response to its NDI Notification Guidance draft. The downside: there is no timeline for completion.

  • New Year, New Goals ... New Challenges

    New Year, New Goals ... New Challenges

    Sean Moloughney, Associate Editor || January 2, 2012
    The start of a new year offers a predictable platform for many people to develop resolutions and pledge commitments while also leaving the past, and previous failures, filed away far from sight. Considering how the economy has crushed so many consume…

  • Consumer Reports’ Fish Oil Review Yields Mixed Findings

    January 2, 2012
    Consumer Reports recently published a review of 15 top-selling fish oil supplement brands and six fell short on quality, according to the magazine. However, despite an accusatory tone, according to the Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3 (GOE…

  • FDA Files Permanent Injunction Against Pennsylvania Supplement Company

    January 2, 2012
    FDA has taken legal action against a dietary supplement maker and owner for substituting ingredients and products without noting the changes on the final product labels. The permanent injunction, filed on behalf of FDA by the U.S. Department of Justi…

  • Quality Focus: The Gloves Are Off!

    Quality Focus: The Gloves Are Off!

    Paula Brown & James Neal-Kababick || January 2, 2012
    FDA moves from warning letters to shutdowns, seizures and permanent injunctions.

  • Eurotrends: Unhealthy Food Tax: A Viable Solution?

    Eurotrends: Unhealthy Food Tax: A Viable Solution?

    Joerg Gruenwald || January 2, 2012
    Would taxation help consumers change their unhealthy eating habits, or would they simply circumvent the added cost?

  • Capitol Comments: FDA Should Withdraw NDI Guidance

    Capitol Comments: FDA Should Withdraw NDI Guidance

    Todd Harrison & Paul Feinstein || January 2, 2012
    Revisions to the notification guidance must be more reasonable and less restrictive.

  • Top 10 Predictions for 2012

    Rebecca Wright, Editor || January 2, 2012
    10. Confident Consumers: Eighty-four percent of U.S. adults report confidence in supplements, according to a recent Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) survey. Further, nearly 70% of consumers now take a dietary supplement, representing the highe…

  • EU Article 13 EPA and DHA Claims Progressing

    December 20, 2011
    According to the Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3 (GOED), Salt Lake City, UT, the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health (SCOFCAH) has voted to adopt a Commission Regulation authorizing a list of Article 13 health claims that includes several omega 3 claims.

  • Top Food Trends for 2012

    Top Food Trends for 2012

    Joanna Cosgrove, Online Editor || December 12, 2011
    Innova encapsulates the trends set to dominate the food and beverage market next year.

  • Consumer Reports’ Fish Oil Review Yields Mixed Findings

    December 8, 2011
    Consumer Reports recently published a review of 15 top-selling fish oil supplement brands, and according to the magazine, six fell short on quality. However, despite the accusatory tone, according to the Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3 (GOED), Salt Lake City, UT, the report was actually positive as all products met the requirements of the U.S. Pharmacopeia, as well as the relevant EU regulations.

  • Dietary Supplement Regulation Guide

    December 7, 2011
    The Food and Drug Law Institute is publishing “Dietary Supplement Regulation: A Comprehensive Guide,” which will serve as a valuable resource to dietary supplement stakeholders. Edited by Scott Bass, a partner at Sidley Austin in Washingt…

  • AHPA Calls NDI Guidance ‘Hugely Flawed’

    December 5, 2011
    In comments filed with FDA, the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA), Silver Spring, MD, called for the agency to withdraw what it called the "hugely flawed" New Dietary Ingredient Notifications Guidance.

  • ABC Files Comments on NDIs

    December 2, 2011
    The nonprofit organization American Botanical Council (ABC) has filed public comments with FDA in response to publication of its Draft Guidance on New Dietary Ingredients (NDIs) in July 2011.

  • NAD Says PNI Can Support Certain Claims

    December 2, 2011
    The National Advertising Division of the Council of Better Business Bureaus Claims has determined that Proprietary Nutritionals, Inc., can support certain advertising claims for the company’s Sytrinol product. However, it recommended the company discontinue certain claims, including comparisons to statin drug therapy.

  • NPA Submits NDI Comments to FDA

    December 1, 2011
    The Natural Products Association (NPA), Washington, D.C., has submitted extensive comments to FDA in response to the agency’s draft guidance on New Dietary Ingredients (NDIs).

  • A United Front Against Adulteration

    A United Front Against Adulteration

    Joanna Cosgrove, Online Editor || December 1, 2011
    Industry organizations team up with the shared goal of squashing adulterated supplements.

  • 2011 State of the Industry Review

    2011 State of the Industry Review

    Rebecca Wright, Editor || December 1, 2011
    Industry executives share their perspectives on the past year and the year ahead.

  • Program to Address Adulteration of Botanical Ingredients

    December 1, 2011
    Experts will produce white papers to guide industry and protect consumers.

  • FDA Files Permanent Injunction Against Pennsylvania Supplement Company

    November 29, 2011
    FDA has decided to take legal action against a dietary supplement maker and owner for substituting ingredients and products without noting the changes on the final product labels.

  • Fish Oil Flap

    Fish Oil Flap

    Joanna Cosgrove, Online Editor || November 28, 2011
    Norwegian documentary’s damaging allegations of Peruvian fish oil business refuted by food safety authorities.

  • Purity, Authenticity and Sustainability Trending for 2012

    November 22, 2011
    Innova Market Insights, The Netherlands, has identified 10 key trends to impact the food and beverage market through 2012 and beyond.

  • European Commission Approves Stevia in EU

    November 14, 2011
    The European Commission has authorized the use of steviol glycosides as a non-caloric sweetener in the European market.

  • An Interview with Rakesh Amin

    An Interview with Rakesh Amin

    Sheldon Baker || November 11, 2011
    Rakesh Amin is a partner at the Chicago-based law firm of Amin Talati. Amin practices Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Federal Trade Commission (FTC), U.S. Customs, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and related regulatory and litigation matters.

  • The $25 Billion Balancing Act

    The $25 Billion Balancing Act

    Sean Moloughney, Associate Editor || November 7, 2011
    At a fundamental level, companies that operate in the $25 billion dietary supplement industry have an obligation to sell ingredients and products that are safe and don’t compromise the health and well-being of consumers. Failing to meet this ob…

  • Program to Address Adulteration of Botanical Ingredients

    November 7, 2011
    Three leading non-profit organizations—the American Botanical Council (ABC), the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (AHP) and the University of Mississippi's National Center for Natural Products Research (NCNPR)—have initiated a large-scale program to educate members of the herbal and dietary supplement industry about ingredient and product adulteration.

  • EHPM Urges Commission to Analyze Negative EFSA Claims Opinions

    November 3, 2011
    Food supplement trade association EHPM has urged the European Commission not to automatically reject claims that have received negative opinions from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

  • Research Boosts Functional Food Market in Asia Pacific

    November 3, 2011
    Continued research into their potential health benefits and disease prevention abilities is significantly boosting awareness and usage of functional foods within the Asia Pacific (APAC) region, according to new analysis from Frost & Sullivan.

  • Standard Process Inc.: Daniel Gahl, Marsha Miller-Dillman, Ryan Moyse, Kaustubh Zoal

    November 2, 2011
    Standard Process Inc., Palmyra, WI, has hired Daniel Gahl as a microbiologist, Marsha Miller-Dillman as medical segment manager, Ryan Moyse as safety manager and Kaustubh Zoal as website applications developer. Mr. Gahl will help ensure the company&r…

  • Omega-3 Platform for Europe 2011: Market, Regulations, Science Sensory and Technical Issues for Foods & Dietary Supplements

  • The Research Process: The Reebok/FTC Settlement

    The Research Process: The Reebok/FTC Settlement

    Douglas Kalman, PhD, MS, RD, CCRC, FACN || November 1, 2011
    Why the details of this case are relevant to the dietary supplement industry.

  • Quality Focus: GMP = Great Mountains of Paperwork

    Quality Focus: GMP = Great Mountains of Paperwork

    Paula Brown || November 1, 2011
    Looking at the trees and missing the big honkin’ forest.

  • Eurotrends: Europe Vs. North America

    Eurotrends: Europe Vs. North America

    Joerg Gruenwald || November 1, 2011
    Differences between these regions often influence the acceptance or rejection of foods, dietary ingredients and supplements.

  • Capitol Comments: NDI Notifications: To File or Not to File?

    Capitol Comments: NDI Notifications: To File or Not to File?

    Todd Harrison || November 1, 2011
    There are several important steps to take in determining whether you need to file an NDI notification.

  • More Bad News About Article 13.1 Claims in EU

    October 20, 2011
    Increased barriers to trade and less consumer choice will be the likely effect on the food supplement market if the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) article 13.1 claims evaluations become law, trade association EHPM has said.

  • CSPI Says Generals Mills Makes Misleading Claims About Fruit Snacks

    October 19, 2011
    Something is mostly missing from Fruit Roll-Ups, Fruit by the Foot, and Fruit Gushers, according to a complaint filed late last week in federal court in California: fruit.

  • High Demand for Specialized Ingredients in EU

    High Demand for Specialized Ingredients in EU

    Joanna Cosgrove || October 17, 2011
    Antihypertensive and immune ingredients show high potential for growth.

  • Benolea Olive Leaf Extract

    October 11, 2011
    Frutarom USA has released Benolea (EFLA943), a patented olive leaf extract designed to support cardiovascular health. Benolea’s well-researched blood-pressure-lowering capacity exerts a positive influence on LDL (low density lipoprotein) choles…

  • Shelf-Life Dating Guidance

    October 10, 2011
    The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) has published “Shelf Life Dating of Botanical Supplement Ingredients and Products,” a new guidance document available for download. The document is free to AHPA members; non-member cost is $…

  • An Interview with Jason Simon

    An Interview with Jason Simon

    Sheldon Baker || October 7, 2011
    As a senior vice president at Mesirow Financial, Jason Simon works closely with large, commercial clients to evaluate and secure competitive property and casualty insurance programs. He is responsible for various aspects of the marketing process, including preparing market submissions, performing coverage analysis, developing premium summaries and delivering coverage comparisons to clients and prospects.

  • FDA Extends NDI Comment Period

    October 3, 2011
    FDA has extended the period to submit comments regarding the New Dietary Ingredient (NDI) Notification Guidance by 60 days, to December 2, 2011. Industry groups began calling for an extended comment period shortly after the agency issued its draft gu…