picamilon

Citing frustration with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) “failure to respond,” Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) has taken a hands-on approach to the controversy over picamilon—that it does not fit the definition of a dietary ingredient—and directly addressed 10 major retailers to stop selling dietary supplements with the substance.

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Yesterday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reached out for public comment about the use of the term “natural” on food labels. The Natural Products Association (NPA) responded yesterday, welcoming FDA efforts toward defining “natural.” As part of their Natural Seal program, NPA has already certified 800 products and 500 ingredients, in the home and personal care categories, as truly natural. However, there is yet to be an established definition for the term “natural,” nor is there yet a program to certify food as natural.

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FDA

In a constituent update today, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is reaching out to the public for comments and information regarding the use of the term “natural” in labels on food. FDA attributes this action to having received three Citizen Petitions requesting them to define the term “natural” on labels and one petition demanding the prohibition of the term altogether.

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dietary supplements database

Washington, D.C.—The American Herbal Products Association's (APHA) Board of Trustees isn't convinced that dietary supplement makers should be required to register their products with the U.S. Food Administration (FDA) "as a stand-alone approach to improving informed consumer access to a wide variety of safe dietary supplement products."
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dietary supplement labels

Bethesda, MD—The Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) has been keeping a Dietary Supplement Label Database (DSLD), and is now wondering whether to expand the resource with additional features and added functionality.

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gnc oregon lawsuit

In the latest attack on the supplements industry by state attorney generals (AGs), GNC is being sued by Oregon’s AG Ellen Rosenblum, for allegedly selling supplements spiked with unmarked illegal ingredients.

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krill oil exercise

New data published in PLoS One suggests krill oil consumption may support healthy immune function after exercise.

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blood sugar chromium

New research published in the  Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology by researchers from Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte in Brazil suggests oral chromium picolinate (CrPic) may help those interested in blood sugar balance.

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A.T. Kearny released a study on October 26 detailing the growth of local food trends titled, “Firmly Rooted, the Local Food Market Expands.” The study surveyed 1,500 shoppers who indicated being the primary shopper or sharing in shopping responsibilities. The results of the survey found that the consumer definition of “local” is narrower than the accepted definition.

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crn

Palm Springs, CA—Today at the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN)’s The Conference, CRN released some findings from the 2015 CRN Consumer Survey on Dietary Supplements.

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