August 27, 2010 The Natural Products Association (NPA), Washington, D.C., has filed an amicus curiae brief in the U.S. Supreme Court defending the dietary supplement industry against an “overreaching and potentially damaging” decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
August 4, 2010 NPA says the latest edition of Consumer Reports is an attack on dietary supplements—including a call for additional regulation of the industry—that presents a far from balanced and accurate representation of the industry or the laws that regulate it.
August 3, 2010 A Consumer Reports investigation has identified 12 dietary supplement ingredients it says have been linked to serious adverse events. The report also criticized industry regulations and cited a lack of government oversight.
July 26, 2010 A federal judge has denied Coca-Cola’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit over what the Center for Science in the Public Interest says are deceptive and unsubstantiated claims on the company’s “vitaminwater” line of soft drinks.
July 19, 2010 The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), Washington, D.C., and the Global Organization for EPA & DHA Omega 3s, Salt Lake City, UT, recently submitted their comments on the new dietary guidelines, urging in some cases that the committee take several changes into consideration.
July 15, 2010 A subsidiary of Nestlé S.A., the world’s largest food and nutrition company, has agreed to drop allegedly deceptive advertising claims about the health benefits of its children’s drink BOOST Kid Essentials, as part of a settlement resolving the Federal Trade Commission’s first case challenging advertising for probiotics.
July 15, 2010 As part of its ongoing efforts to stop bogus health claims, the Federal Trade
Commission is requiring a major marketer of dietary supplements to pay $5.5 million to settle charges that it falsely advertised that its supplements could help consumers lose weight and treat or prevent colds and other illnesses.
July 1, 2010 The Congressional Dietary Supplement Caucus (DSC), in cooperation with two leading trade associations representing the dietary supplement industry, the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) and the Natural Products Association (NPA), held a briefing on Capitol Hill last week to discuss the important role of dietary supplements in the ongoing wellness and prevention conversation.
June 28, 2010 In another victory for Natural Products Association (NPA) members and the industry, conferees on the Wall Street Reform bill (S. 3217) decided not to include in the final legislation sweeping new powers for the Federal Trade Commission.
June 25, 2010 The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), Washington, D.C., noted that all dietary supplement manufacturers—from largest to smallest—are now legally bound to comply with dietary supplement-specific good manufacturing practices (GMPs) as the regulation goes into full effect today.
|| June 21, 2010 The Natural Products Association (NPA), Washington, D.C. installed its 2010-2011 board of directors during its 73rd annual trade show and convention, Natural MarketPlace 2010. Newly elected executive committee and board members were sworn in on June…
Sheldon Baker || June 18, 2010 Gretchen Reece is president of Scientific Food Solutions, LLC (SFS). Founded in 2002, and based in Fairfield, CA, SFS is a nutritional bioactive innovation and research company focusing upon applications for dietary supplement, conventional and functional food and beverage, and over the counter drug applications.
June 16, 2010 The Natural Products Association (NPA) today expressed concern about the direction of the USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion’s “Report of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010,” a draft report released yesterday assessing revisions and recommendations to the 2005 Dietary Guidelines.
June 11, 2010 The first Plenary Meeting of a newly formed Technical Committee, provisionally titled Traditional Chinese Medicine when it was formed last year by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), met over the last two days in Beijing, China.
Sheldon Baker || June 11, 2010 Gregory Stephens is vice president of strategic consulting with the Natural Marketing Institute (NMI) and has 30 years of specialized expertise in the nutrition and pharmaceutical industries.
June 10, 2010 TSI Health Sciences, Missoula, MT, has obtained self-affirmed GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) status for the use of its PUREFLEX chondroitin sulfate sodium products in conventional foods and beverages. The GRAS affirmation for chondroitin was con…
June 10, 2010 NutriScience Innovations, LLC, Trumbull, CT, has obtained GMP certification through SGS North America following completion of a successful audit. During the process SGS reviewed and evaluated every aspect of NutriScience’s operations including…
June 9, 2010 Greens powders—made from wheat grass, alfalfa, kelp, spirulina, leafy vegetables and other chlorophyll-containing ingredients—were recently tested by ConsumerLab.com, White Plains, NY, for potential contamination with heavy metals and pesticides.
Sheldon Baker || June 4, 2010 Michael Chernyak is the founder of CK Nutritional Ingredients (CKNI), a Toronto, Canada-based marketer of innovative science-based raw materials to the natural health products industry.
Sean Moloughney || June 1, 2010 The month of June often conjures a variety of pleasant connotations, including the end of a school year and warmer weather, depending on your geographical location. Here on the east coast, we’ve emerged from a stormy winter and settled into a m…
June 1, 2010 Alongside more than 40 major trade associations and business groups from a wide range of industries, the Natural Products Association (NPA), Washington, D.C., sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McCon…
May 26, 2010 The Washington, D.C.-based Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), a national dietary supplement trade association, today testified on behalf of the dietary supplement industry before the United States Senate Special Committee on Aging. The hearing was titled “Dietary Supplements: What Seniors Need to Know.”
May 26, 2010 Today, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) presented to a Congressional panel the results of a “secret shopper” investigation, which found that in several retail establishments visited, the salesperson made inappropriate or illegal claims about dietary supplements.
May 26, 2010 Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) have introduced new legislation to provide FDA with additional resources so that it can continue to enforce the existing laws governing dietary supplements.
May 12, 2010 FDA should apply the same rigor to evaluating the science behind health claims of foods and dietary supplements as it devotes to assessing medication and medical technology approvals, a new report from the Institute of Medicine said.
There are no sc…
May 12, 2010 Jungbunzlauer Ladenburg, Basel, Switzerland, has received confirmation from FDA that it is compliant with GMP regulations. The recognition follows a four-day inspection of the company’s production, warehouse and quality control departments, as…