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  • Eurotrends: Novel Food Regulation

    Joerg Gruenwald || November 1, 2010
    Finding loopholes in the current regulations could prove advantageous to manufacturers...at least for now.

  • Capitol Comments: Structure/Function Claims 2010

    Capitol Comments: Structure/Function Claims 2010

    Todd Harrison || November 1, 2010
    A review of permissible and impermissible claims is necessary as FDA and FTC step up enforcement actions.

  • NPA Responds to PBS Special on Supplements

    October 27, 2010
    On October 21, the PBS "NewsHour" reported findings of tests they conducted on several types of dietary supplements, including black cohosh and ginkgo, stating that some of the tested brands contained little or none of the active ingredients, or contained misidentified substances. NPA responded to the report with a message to Paul Solman, the PBS "NewsHour" correspondent who reported the story.

  • EFSA Releases Article 13 Opinions on Omega 3s

    October 21, 2010
    The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has released its third wave of scientific opinions on Article 13 'general function' health claims, including three that addressed EPA and/or DHA claims for a variety of health conditions, according to the Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3 (GOED), Salt Lake City, UT.

  • Zeaxanthin Trade Association Publishes Analytical Standard

    October 20, 2010
    Members of the Zeaxanthin Trade Association have adopted and published a common chiral analytical method to measure the relative percentages of the different zeaxanthin stereoisomers—(3R, 3’R), (3R, 3’S) and (3S, 3’S)—in…

  • An Interview with Sheldon Baker

    Sheldon Baker || October 8, 2010
    Sheldon Baker is the developer and writer of the Health E-Insights column, as well as co-founder and principal of Baker Dillon Group, the foremost nutraceutical and food industry brand-marketing firm. With more than 20 years of natural products industry marketing experience, he has created brands and launched campaigns using emerging media platforms that generated millions of dollars in revenues for clients.

  • Stevia Council Formed

    October 6, 2010
    Today stevia producers worldwide announced the establishment of the International Stevia Council, a global trade association representing the interests of companies that process, manufacture and/or market stevia sweetener products.

  • Sports Nutrition: It’s How You Play the Game!

    Sports Nutrition: It’s How You Play the Game!

    Alan Richman || October 1, 2010
    There are cheaters in both sports and sports nutrition, but those who keep it straight expect to come out on top.

  • Now Batting … Frankenfish

    Now Batting … Frankenfish

    Sean Moloughney || October 1, 2010
    As a baseball fan, I feel like I’ve come to grips with a couple of disappointing facts over the past few years: 1) The “Steroids Era” has left the game with a big black eye that will need considerable time to heal; and 2) Even with…

  • A.S.I. International: The Ingredient Specialist

    A.S.I. International: The Ingredient Specialist

    October 1, 2010
    Besides being the founder of A.S.I. International, Watchung, NJ, Roland Larbig is an adventurous risk-taker who loves the action of the business world. Fueled by this passion, he came to the U.S. from Germany in the 1980s as an employee of Merck to o…

  • From the Corners of the World: Regulatory Challenges in NPD

    Paul Altaffer & Grant Washington-Smith || October 1, 2010
    There are clear benefits to marketing products internationally as long as you know the rules of each region you enter.

  • EU Adjusts Health Claims Process

    September 29, 2010
    Two moves by the European Commission regarding Article 13 and Article 14 health claims will affect omega 3 claims that have already received positive opinions from the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA), according to the Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3.


  • Research Leads to Gains in Women’s Health Issues

    September 24, 2010
    Efforts to boost research on women's health over the last two decades has lessened the burden of disease and reduced deaths among women due to cardiovascular disease, breast cancer and cervical cancer, according to a report from the Institute of Medicine.

  • Dietary Supplement Briefing Held on Capitol Hill

    September 9, 2010
    The Congressional Dietary Supplement Caucus (DSC), in cooperation with two trade associations representing the dietary supplement industry—the Natural Products Association (NPA) and the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN)—held a briefing on Capitol Hill yesterday to debunk some of the untruths and misconceptions about the dietary supplement industry and its role in Americans’ wellness regimens.

  • Organic & Natural Survive the Recession

    Organic & Natural Survive the Recession

    Ewa HudsonrnrnResearch Manager, Euromonitor International || September 7, 2010
    While sales were not as robust compared to previous years, growth still occurred in the organic and natural categories in both the food and beverage and beauty markets in 2009.

  • MarketWatch: The Latest Trends in Beauty I&O

    MarketWatch: The Latest Trends in Beauty I&O

    September 7, 2010
    The latest news and developments in the world of Beauty I&O products.

  • GOED Launches New Logo Program

    September 2, 2010
    The Global Organization for EPA and DHA (GOED), Salt Lake City, UT, has launched its new "Proud Member" logo program available to member companies. GOED's member companies range from omega 3 suppliers and manufacturers to traders and co…

  • Nutraceuticals Multiverse: Ipsilateral IP: Patent Pending Impotence

    Nutraceuticals Multiverse: Ipsilateral IP: Patent Pending Impotence

    Anthony Almada || September 1, 2010
    What are salient elements related to the creation and exploitation of knowledge assets aspiring to become a patentable invention?

  • The Research Process: What do FTC’s Consent Decrees Mean for Research?

    The Research Process: What do FTC’s Consent Decrees Mean for Research?

    Douglas Kalman, PhD || September 1, 2010
    Conducting clinical studies is not as burdensome as you think.

  • Eurotrends: European Health Claims & Glucosamine

    Eurotrends: European Health Claims & Glucosamine

    Joerg Gruenwald || September 1, 2010
    This case study proves it is worth fighting back against health claim rejections.

  • Capitol Comments: New Substantiation Standards from FTC?

    Capitol Comments: New Substantiation Standards from FTC?

    Todd Harrison || September 1, 2010
    The recent Nestle and Iovate settlements could change what it takes to support product claims.

  • Fat Chance

    Fat Chance

    Rebecca Wright || September 1, 2010
    ‘Weighing’ the risks and opportunities in the weight management market.

  • Lawsuit Over Vitaminwater Claims to Proceed

    September 1, 2010
    A federal judge has denied Coca-Cola’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit over what the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) says are deceptive and unsubstantiated claims on the company’s “Vitaminwater” line of soft drink…

  • Consumer Reports Publishes ‘Dirty Dozen’ List

    September 1, 2010
    Magazine widely publicizes 12 problem supplement ingredients; industry responds.

  • NPA Files Brief with Supreme Court Urging Proper Role for AERs

    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.

  • Infant Nutrition Category Grows Up

    August 25, 2010
    In the EU, the infant nutrition industry is undergoing a shift as a result of various market forces, according to a new from Business Insights.

  • NPA Calls Consumer Reports Article ‘An Attack on Supplements’


    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.


  • Consumer Reports Identifies ‘Dirty Dozen’ List of Supplements

    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.

  • Lawsuit Over Vitaminwater Claims to Proceed

    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.

  • CRN & GOED Comment on New Dietary Guidelines

    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.

  • An Interview with Lionel Pasen

    An Interview with Lionel Pasen

    Sheldon Baker || July 16, 2010
    The principal of the Toronto-based company, Natural Products Consulting Corp, Lionel Pasen is a 53-year veteran of the natural health products industry in Canada.

  • Nestle Settles with FTC

    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.

  • FTC Goes After Iovate

    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.

  • Spotting Fake Supplements

    Spotting Fake Supplements

    Joanna Cosgrove || July 5, 2010
    CBI’s TruTags were designed to outwit counterfeiters and alleviate the threat of adulterated medications and supplements.

  • GOED Visits with FDA

    July 2, 2010
    Members and staff for the Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega 3s (GOED) met with FDA officials this week to discuss regulations and DRIs for omega 3s.

  • Congressional Dietary Supplement Briefing Focuses on Wellness & Prevention

    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.

  • Nutraceuticals Multiverse: A Few Bad Actors: Remiss Reporting

    Nutraceuticals Multiverse: A Few Bad Actors: Remiss Reporting

    Anthony Almada || July 1, 2010
    Does the glass-paneled architecture that houses all of the conflicted stakeholders allow insiders to count the real size and inadequacy of the rogue-acting troupe?

  • From the Corners of the World: Discovery & Supply Chain Management

    From the Corners of the World: Discovery & Supply Chain Management

    Paul Altaffer & Grant Washington-Smith || July 1, 2010
    These elements are critical for developing successful sustainable products.

  • Healthcare Practitioner Corner: Adverse Events Reporting: So Far, So Good

    Healthcare Practitioner Corner: Adverse Events Reporting: So Far, So Good

    Erik Goldman || July 1, 2010
    The dietary supplement industry should be cautiously optimistic about the performance of the new AER system.

  • Inside China: TCM: Ancient Medicine, Modern World

    Inside China: TCM: Ancient Medicine, Modern World

    Jeff Crowther || July 1, 2010
    There are some similarities and some major differences between TCM and dietary supplements.

  • Dietary Supplements in the Regulatory Spotlight

    July 1, 2010
    Senators Hatch and Harkin introduce new legislation to boost FDA oversight, while Senate Special Committee on Aging holds dietary supplement hearing.

  • House, Senate Conference Rejects Expanded FTC Powers


    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. Such additi…

  • CRN Applauds Final GMP Compliance Deadline

    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.

  • The Natural Products Association: 2010-2011 Board of Directors

    || 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…

  • The Nutrigenomics Logjam

    The Nutrigenomics Logjam

    Joanna Cosgrove || June 21, 2010
    It’s got the promise and the financial backing so why hasn’t the nutrigenomics industry taken off?

  • An Interview with Gretchen Reece

    An Interview with Gretchen Reece

    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.

  • NPA Unhappy With Draft of New Dietary Guidelines

    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.

  • Public Comment Opens on Dietary Guidelines Report

    June 15, 2010
    Public comments are now being accepted on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010 (Advisory Report) from the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee.

  • Market for Heart Health Products Continues to Grow

    June 14, 2010
    Despite ongoing regulatory issues with regard to health claims, the positioning of food and drink products on a heart health platform appears to be continuing unabated.