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Rockville, MD—The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) would like to see some extra funding in FY 2011: $146 million from the government and $601 million in industry user fees. This 23% total increase (from $3.28 billion to $4.03 billion in all) will be invested in much-needed initiatives to protect public health. Specifically, FDA hopes to use this money to benefit food safety practice, medical product safety and regulatory science.

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Washington, D.C.—Former Presidential candidate, Senator John McCain (R-AZ), has introduced new legislation, the Dietary Supplement Safety Act of 2010, which will amend the current Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act). In this bi-partisan bill, co-sponsored by Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND), McCain seeks “to more effectively regulate dietary supplements that may pose safety risks unknown to consumers.”

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Gainesville, FL—Data collected in November/December 2009 by resveratrol supplement maker ReserveAge Organics, based here, offer some illuminating insight into consumers’ attitudes with respect to this popular herb.

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Rockville, MD—Following some 30 years of toxicology research surrounding the health threats of bisphenol-A (BPA) exposure, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is finally stating that there exists “some concern” for infants and children exposed to this chemical after having stated it was harmless for decades.

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Rockville, MD—This month, Vasilios “Bill” Frankos will retire as director of the division of dietary supplements programs for the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). According to a press statement, he will join supplement maker Herbalife in April as the company’s senior vice president of product compliance and safety.

Alexandria, VA—Consumers who are concerned about the safety of dietary supplements should pay attention to a new statistic offered by the American Association of Poison Control Centers. According to the U.S. National Poison Data System, dietary supplements caused no deaths in 2008.

Washington, D.C.—WholeFoods continues its coverage of the lawsuit brought against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding qualified health claims for selenium and health claim censorship with an update.

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New York, NY—WholeFoods reported last month on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) publication of draft guidelines concerning the distinction between beverages and liquid dietary supplements. Since then, as part of the commentary phase of the FDA guideline process, Ullman, Shapiro and Ullman, LLP have submitted a thorough response statement in opposition to the proposed FDA guidelines.