After a report determined the presence of vinpocetine and picamilon in U.S. dietary supplements marketed as brain enhancers, sports supplements and weight loss supplements, U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill is taking action. McCaskill, a top-ranking Democrat on the Senate Special Committee on Aging, wrote U.S. Food and Drug Administration Acting Administrator Stephen Ostroff requesting the suspension of sales for any supplement containing the ingredients, pending an investigation.
Silver Spring, MD—The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finalized the first two of seven rules under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). FDA believes these rules will help prevent foodborne illness and improve food safety.
Bethesda, MD—The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has announced that five research centers will receive a combined $35 million in funding over the next several years to study the "safety of natural products, on how they work within the body and on the development of cutting-edge research technologies."
Harleysville, PA—In August, WholeFoods Magazine covered a webinar held by the Natural Marketing Institute (NMI) discussing consumer findings from their Gluten-Free 2015 Report. New information released by NMI has provided some valuable insight on an aspect of gluten-free that has become very popular, but also controversial: condition management.
Washington, D.C.—The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015 (H.R. 1599) passed the House Agriculture Committee by a voice vote on July 14, after quickly moving through the Energy and Commerce Committee without much dissent from either group.