NIA-West News

NPA: 2015 will bring challenges in Congress, media and GMP compliance

January 9, 2015

As with any new year, January is a time for looking ahead and getting in front of obstacles before they arise. Many mistakenly believe that a new year means new, unexpected challenges, but reality...



UNPA: On a host of issues, it's back to the future in 2015

January 8, 2015

On the cusp of its 30th anniversary, there’s been a lot of talk about the look forward provided by the 1985 movie, Back to the Future. A similar look back at the natural health products...



CRN: 2015 may be the year when FTC finally gets the message

January 7, 2015

When I was a child, it seemed I could never get through an entire game of Candyland with my older brother. He kept changing the rules in the middle if his player started to fall behind. Don’t you...



Green Coffee Bean Manufacturer Settles FTC Charges for $3.5 Million

Sept 11, 2014

Austin, TX-based Applied Food Sciences, Inc. (AFS), has settled Federal Trade Commission charges that it used the results of a flawed study to make baseless weight-loss claims about its green coffee extract...



AHPA's data shows FDA ramping up enforcement on tainted weight loss, sex products

By Hank Schultz, 21-Aug-2014

The presence of undeclared pharmaceutical ingredients in products purporting to be dietary supplements is garnering an increasing amount of attention and enforcement from the Food and Drug Administration,...



Updated: NY’s GMO labeling would raise the cost of food for a family of four by $800 per year, says economist

By Stephen Daniells, 22-May-2014

The cost of New York State adopting labeling of GMO ingredient in food products could increase the cost of food for a family of four by $800 per year, says a new economic study from Cornell University....



ENI CEO: ‘Most prominent companies are starting to work on incorporating non-GMO materials’

By Stephen DANIELLS, 12-May-2014

The majority of the leading US supplement companies are working on using non-GMO ingredients in their formulations, said Cal Bewicke, CEO of Ethical Naturals Inc (ENI), as the company launches non-GMO...



FTC Launches ‘Operation Failed Resolution’

As consumers look to improve their health and slim their waistlines in the New Year, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Washington, D.C, has unveiled a new initiative to help weight watchers avoid being...



Prop 65 Reform Proposal Takes Shape, Exempts More Businesses

SACRAMENTO – As it scrambles to overhaul Proposition 65 in the final weeks of the legislative session, Governor Jerry Brown's office has released draft amendments that would shield more small businesses...



Does an NDI notification open door for me-too ingredients? Answer: It depends

Let’s assume you’ve done your homework on your new ingredient and have successfully filed a New Dietary Ingredient notification with the Food and Drug Administration.  Can a competitor...



Long road to implementation seen for FDA's new FSMA rules on food imports, audits

New rules released under the Food Safety Modernization Act will push more responsibility onto food importers and third party inspectors in an effort to prevent food borne illnesses at their source...



The Latest in Lab Equipment

As this issue’s Product Focus shows, laboratory equipment for food science and the industry is changing rapidly. As the cover story for our December/January 2009 issue reported, one of the key changes...



Formulating Functional Omega-3 Products

Consumers want sustainable omega-3s to fit in their lives; supplementing shouldn't be a chore to them, and that means they need to taste good and be incorporated into convenient delivery systems, including...



The Mother of All Ingredients Lists

BETHESDA, MD—The National Institutes of Health (NIH) website has launched the Dietary Supplement Label Database, a searchable index of ingredient and other information from the labels of more than 17,000...



Prop 65 trial upholds that supplements are food

February 15, 2013

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) expressed support and satisfaction over a decision rendered by California Superior Court Judge John E. Munter on Feb. 13, when Munter ruled in favor of the...



Bayer to Buy U.S. Vitamin Maker Schiff for $1.1 Billion

Bayer AG (BAYN) agreed to buy Schiff Nutrition International Inc. (SHF) for $1.1 billion to add a faster- growing vitamins and nutritional supplements business to the German drugmaker’s consumer-health...



Prop 37: Don't leave science to the lawyers

I recently heard several proponents of Prop 37 concede that it’s not a well written law, but claim nevertheless that people should vote for it because this law would be better than no law. I couldn’t...



Yes on 37? No on 37? Everyone’s a loser…

It doesn’t matter whether you support Prop 37 or oppose it; whatever happens in November when Californians vote on whether or not to label GMOs, everyone loses. http://www.foodnavigator-usa.com/Regulation/Yes-on-37-No-on-37-Everyone-s-a-loser...



CRN launches searchable database of NAD decisions

The Council for Responsible Nutrition has deepened its relationship with the National Advertising Division with the launch of a free, searchable database of all of the organizations dietary supplement...



Product Liability Insurers To Exclude DMAA From Coverage

(Los Angeles): More trouble for DMAA, the controversial ingredient in many pre-workout sports nutrition and weight loss products. Greg Doherty, Practice Leader of the dietary supplement insurance...



Soluble-fiber should be ‘promoted’ to people at risk of metabolic syndrome: Review

The potential cardiovascular benefits of psyllium supplementation, including reducing cholesterol levels, indicate it ‘could be promoted to patients who present metabolic syndrome risk factors’,...



Pfizer agrees to drop breast and colon health claims on Centrum supplements

Pfizer has agreed remove claims about breast and colon health on ads and labels for its top-selling Centrum multivitamins as part of a deal with health advocacy group the Center for Science...



Whole Foods Will Enforce Higher Liability Insurance Requirements

Whole Foods Markets (WFM) has recently begun enforcing higher liability insurance requirements, which will adversely affect dietary supplement suppliers insurance costs, according to Greg Doherty, Dietary...



Product Liability Without Personal Injury: Food, Supplement and Other Labeling Claims

Product liability lawsuits in the food and supplement industry have traditionally arisen in the personal injury context, where the plaintiff generally alleges that the ingestion of the product caused...



Dan Fabricant: FDA ‘somewhat aghast’ at degree of cGMP non-compliance

The level of non-compliance with dietary supplement cGMP (current good manufacturing practice) regulations has left Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials "somewhat aghast", according...



Updated: FDA cracks down on DMAA - but this is just the start, not the end, of the debate, predicts CRN

It’s official, says the FDA. “Synthetically-produced DMAA (1,3-Dimethylamylamine) is not a dietary ingredient and is not, therefore, eligible to be used as an active ingredient in dietary supplements”....



SIDI Working Group opens supplier qualification guidelines for comments

The Standardized Information on Dietary Ingredients (SIDI) working group is calling for comments from industry stakeholders on its new supplier qualification guideline. Read the full story at NutraIngredients...



Improper nutrient content claims cited in new wave of class action suits

With class action lawsuits alleging labeling violations now “filed almost daily in California”, food manufacturers are spending “hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees and settlement amounts”...



Cargill on inulin: Today it’s about fiber and weight… tomorrow it will be about prebiotics and mineral absorption

While US firms using inulin and oligofructose are still primarily interested in adding fiber or reducing fat and sugar, they are starting to move beyond generic fiber claims into discussing more specific...



House Energy & Commerce Committee members call on FDA to ‘re-examine’ NDI draft guidance

Select members of the highly influential House Energy & Commerce Committee have written to FDA calling for a 'significant reworking' of the controversial new dietary ingredient (NDI) draft guidance. ...



GOED settles Prop 65 case for omega-3 products

The Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3s (GOED) has reached a settlement with the Mateel Environmental Justice Foundation regarding omega-3 products. Read the full article at NutraIngredients...



California's Proposition 65 Applies to All Food Processors

From its name, you might believe that California's Proposition 65 — the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 — is not something that a company operating outside California need worry...



Grapes may match lutein/zeaxanthin for retinal protection: Mouse data

Supplementing the diet with grapes may protect retinas from degeneration as much as lutein plus zeaxanthin, according to new data from mice. Read full article at nutraingredients-usa.com!



Hydroxycut firm to pay $1.5m to settle false advertising and Prop 65 case

The firm at the center of the 2009 Hydroxycut recall has been told to pay $1.5m to settle 10 California district attorneys' complaints over deceptive advertising of its dietary supplements and Proposition...



GMP inspections show ‘consistent fundamental failures’: Israelsen, UNPA

The ‘consistent fundamental failures’ of companies in the dietary ingredients and supplement segment for current good manufacturing practices (GMPs) is a ‘topic of disappointment’, says Loren Israelsen. ...



FDA warning letters: Social media, website claims & GMP violations

The FDA published a handful of warning letters in late December, with cGMP violations and claims on websites and social media sites continuing to catch the FDA’s eye. Read full story at nutraingredients-usa.com!...



AHPA pushes for ‘contextual language’ on Prop 65 lead warning labels

November 3, 2011
A change to the rules governing Californian statute Proposition 65 that would allow firms to include “contextual language” on warning labels about lead would go some way to addressing industry frustrations with the legislation, according to the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA).

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Herbalife suggests refreshing compromise on NDI guidance

Comments on the NDI Draft Guidance filed by multilevel marketing giant Herbalife suggest some compromises that could make the NDI process smoother, clearer and fairer.

FDA’s issuance of the NDI Draft Guidance document has been a watershed moment for the dietary supplements and functional foods industry, and has occasioned more hand wringing than at any time since...



Study finds menopausal women deficient in vitamin D

October 27, 2011
A Spanish study reports that women are not getting enough vitamin D from food so they're increasing risk of certain diseases that often accompany menopause. Are retailers and manufacturers seizing the opportunity to provide D-fortified supplements to older women?

Christiane Northrup, MD, an OB-GYN in Maine who has often appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show  to discuss a holistic approach to menopause and is author of The Wisdom of Menopause (Bantam Books,...



Physician supplement use matches general population levels: Survey

November 9, 2011
Between 60 and 75% of US physicians may use dietary supplements and do recommended dietary supplements to patients related to their specialty, finds a new survey.

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Multivitamins and Mortality: 'Seeing-what-you-want' Science

October 14, 2011
During a week when the industry gathered under clear blue skies in Las Vegas to celebrate 15 years of SupplySide West, black clouds rolled in and unleashed a short sharp downpour: I am of course referring to the articles published on multivitamins and vitamin E.

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CRN Notes Bias in New Study on Supplements and Mortality

October 11, 2011
Responding to a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine titled “Dietary Supplements and Mortality Rate in Older Women,” the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), Washington, D.C., issued a two-part statement.

Duffy MacKay, ND, vice president, scientific and regulatory affairs, CRN, said: “Dietary supplements are used by more than 150 million Americans in combination with other healthy lifestyle habits...



FDA Grants Comment Period Extension For NDI Draft Guidance

August 9, 2011
By Stephen Daniells For Nutraingredients-usa.com

The US Food & Drug Administration has granted a 60-day extension to the comment period for the New Dietary Ingredient (NDI) draft guidance, NutraIngredients-usa can reveal. The announcement published...



'Gutsy' Vitamin C Ruling Could Trigger Wave of Lawsuits

September 9, 2011
By Elaine Watson For Nutraingredients-usa.com

A ruling in favor of US vitamin buyers in a high-profile anti-trust case against Chinese firms acused of price fixing could trigger a wave of similar anti-trust cases, experts have predicted. Their...



Hatch NDI Guidance Meeting: File Comments For Now, then Explore Legal Avenues ...

August 18, 2011
By Elaine Watson For NutraIngredients-usa.com

A range of options - "judicial, administrative, and Congressional" - is being explored by the dietary supplements industry should the FDA prove unwilling to make substantial changes to its controversial...



Opinion: Prop 65 'Bounty Hunter' Rule Helps Lawyers, Hurts Small Business

August 4, 2011
By Harry C. Alford Special to the Mercury News

There's no question that California is continuing to suffer economically. At the beginning of the year, it was the state with the third-highest foreclosure rate, with one in every 200 housing...



For Proposition 65 Bounty Hunters, Time to Tame Them

August 8, 2011
By Jim Conran For the North Bay Business Journal

“When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?” asked the great economist John Maynard Keynes. Much has changed since California voters approved Proposition 65, the Safe Drinking...



'Really Outrageous' Claims on the Wane in Print/TV, says CRN

May 24, 2011

False and misleading claims – particularly on the web – continue to dent consumer confidence in supplements, but there are "fewer really outrageous claims on print and on TV today than there were...



Calcium in the Crosshairs

May 24, 2011

New study controversially contradicts popular opinions on a widely trusted supplement. Millions of post-menopausal women take daily calcium and vitamin D supplements with the goal of preventing bone...



Lawyer: FTC 'richly deserves to lose' Battle vs. POM Wonderful

May 23, 2011

A high-profile legal battle between Californian juice maker POM Wonderful and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will move into a new phase tomorrow at a hearing in Washington DC....



Introducting the MC of Friday Entertainment - Jung E Park

May 10, 2011

Jung is a Korean American female comic who came to the U.S. as an infant and grew up in a Mexican border town. Besides being a comic, she is a lawyer, psychic, actress, teacher and artist, with a...



Friday Dinner Entertainment - Comedian James P. Connolly

May 6, 2011

Hailing from both Northern and Southern California (depending on who he is trying to impress), James P. Connolly is a stand up comedian and radio/TV host known for his playful, confident style and...



Mister: Daily Values Rule Change is Bad New for Consumers (and for us)

May 5, 2011

Proposals by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) to change how daily values on food labels are calculated are not in the interests of the dietary supplements industry or consumers,...



Omega-3 Plus Statins Effective for Enhanced Blood Lipd Control: Study

November 2, 2010
Six weeks of dual therapy was found to reduce blood levels of triglycerides by 41.0 percent, compared to 13.9 percent in the group receiving only statins (simvastatin), according to new findings published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Six weeks of dual therapy was found to reduce blood levels of triglycerides by 41.0 percent, compared to 13.9 percent in the group receiving only statins (simvastatin), according to new findings...



First Shared-Use Supplement Production Facility to Open in NC

November 2, 2010
The Natural Products Manufacturing Facility will open its doors on Monday, October 18 as a new division of Blue Ridge Food Ventures located at the Enka campus of Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College.

The Natural Products Manufacturing Facility will open its doors on Monday, October 18 as a new division of Blue Ridge Food Ventures located at the Enka campus of Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community...



FDA Should Copy EFSA For Health Claims, Says Scientific American

November 2, 2010
In the most recent issue of the magazine, an editorial entitled "Snake oil in the supermarket" states that consumers are currently getting a “rotten deal” with regards functional foods.

In the most recent issue of the magazine, an editorial entitled "Snake oil in the supermarket" states that consumers are currently getting a “rotten deal” with regards functional foods. ...



Vitamin D Supplemtation Shows Wide Safety Margin

WASHINGTON, D.C., October 14, 2010—Consumers can feel confident that the vitamin D intake levels needed to achieve the numerous health benefits demonstrated by the growing body of scientific...



Cooking Demo by Award Winning Chef Jimy Schmidt of Morgan's in the Desert

November 15, 2010

Chef Jimmy Schmidt has been in the desert for some time but only recently opened the fine dining dinner restaurant at La Quinta Resort called Morgan’s in the Desert. Named after the founder of La...



Bocce Ball Tournament Upos the Stakes

November 15, 2010

Bocce Ball Tournament Chair  is taking their assignment seriously! The prizes are fabulous and the competition sure to be top notch…or at least serious fun!  We are told that Bocce...



Education Sessions to Cover Critical New Information

November 15, 2010

From aggressive attorneys taking advantage of Prop 65, to the FDA’s expected new dietary ingredients decisions, our regulatory environment is constantly changing and NIA-West has gone the extra...



Fish Oil Sector Finds Diplomatic Solution to Prop 65 Case

December 6, 2010

When several fish oil suppliers were sued in a Californian court over contamination issues at the beginning of 2010 many feared the worst for the sector, but Ocean Nutrition Canada...



Rapid Adulteration Testing for Supplements Developed By NOW Foods

January 25, 2011

NOW Foods has developed a rapid screening test to detect adulterants in dietary supplements, which it hopes will change the perception that dietary supplements are ‘unregulated’....



NSF Develops Stability Testing Guideline for Supplements With Experation Dates

January 25, 2010

ederal regulations and dietary supplement Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) do not currently require expiration dating for nutritional supplements, but consumers have come to expect...



Irwin Naturals Agrees $2.65 Million Settlement Over Supplements

February 15, 2011

California supplement manufacturer Irwin Naturals has agreed to pay $2.65 million over alleged misleading advertisements and a failure to label lead is in its products. The settlement,...



Keynote Speaker Announced - Vasillios Frankos, M.S. Ph.D.

March 15, 2011

Senior Vice President Global Product Science, Safety and Compliance Dr. Vasilios Frankos is one of the country’s foremost authorities on dietary supplements. Recently retired...



Proposition 65

March 15, 2011

As California’s Proposition 65 enforcement actions impact our industry more and more, we have to be concerned, and proactive as we move forward. Find out what to do to protect your company, what...



Vitamin D Qualified Cancer Health Claim Submission Being Readied

February 21, 2011

A vitamin D qualified health claim will soon be submitted to the Food and Drug Administration even as concerns grow about the recent vitamin D scientific update issued by the Institute...



Fish Oil Lawsuit Settlement is Imminent, Insiders Say

March 3, 2011

The end is in sight for the famed Prop 65 fish oil lawsuit. An out-of-court settlement is expected by early March, two industry insiders say, and the ultimate impact on the omega-3 sector will be...



Prop 65 is Turning Into Legalized Blackmail, Warn Experts as Notices Pile Up

April 14, 2011

A Californian statute with the laudable aim of protecting consumers from potential carcinogens has in practice exposed even the most responsible players in the dietary supplements...