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 the year’s tests and trials – both internal and external – have been on the horizon for years, and now is the opportune time to tackle them. Complacency is the enemy of any industry, and it can be prevalent in our own. We must take advantage of this time and evaluate our shared industry goals and avoid stagnation. 

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 industry to see the future is not such a far-fetched idea. A number of the coming challenges we face are, in fact, replays and patterns we’ve seen before, and how we respond to them will set the tone for 2015. 

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 hate it when someone changes the rules midstream? 

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 to retailers, who repeated those claims in marketing finished products to consumers. -

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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, databases compiled by the American Herbal Products Association show.

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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. The results have been described as “out of line and improbable” by a leading food policy expert. 

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 vitamin C.

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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 duped by misleading ads and ineffective products.   In a press conference on Jan. 7, the FTC announced the launch of “Operation Failed Resolution”—a strategy aimed to crack down on fraudulent products and marketing campaigns, as well as educate the media on how to identify false claims. -

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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 from private lawsuits brought under the voter-approved Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act.

Proposed changes , circulated among interest groups over the weekend, would exempt retailers who employ fewer than 25 people from Prop 65 litigation, which can result in sizeable civil penalties and attorneys fees. Currently, the voter-approved initiative only shields businesses with fewer than 10 employees.

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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 launching a me-too product come along and trade on that status?  It’s a more complicated question than it appears, and yields several answers, expert say.