Washington, D.C.—The Natural Products Association (NPA) board of directors recently announced that it has endorsed the Genetically Engineered Food Right-To-Know Act, which mandates that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) require the labeling of genetically modified ingredients to be labeled on foods. NPA is the first natural products industry trade association to back the legislation.
Silver Spring, MD—On July 23, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it is taking steps to remove dietary supplements from the market that it says are associated with illegal health claims. The agency sent warning letters to 15 companies it feels are making illegally marketed diabetes products, insisting the firms respond sufficiently and correct violations within 15 days. Otherwise, FDA may seize products or file for criminal prosecution.
Seattle, WA—In mid-July, researchers from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center published an article in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute claiming that high levels of omega-3 fatty acids in the blood were associated with an increased risk of prostate cancer.
Research has long supported the benefits of omega-3 DHA for brain and overall health, and low blood serum levels of DHA have been reported in children with behavioral or learning disabilities. According to a new study conducted at the University of Oxford in the U.K., an increased diet of omega-3s could help healthy children who are underperforming in school.
Arlington Heights, IL—After 35 years in its previous facility, Carlson Laboratories moved to a new site in mid-June. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held June 14, with many business partners, guests, and the Arlington Heights mayor in attendance.
Leetsdale, PA; Anderson, SC—Continuing its push to remove dimethylamylamine (DMAA) supplements from the U.S. market, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is now attempting to confiscate 3,200 cases of product from GNC. Prosecutors have asked judges in Pennsylvania and South Carolina—where GNC warehouses are located—to allow for the seizure.
Bethesda, MD—The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Dietary Supplements and the National Library of Medicine have put together a free online database intended to give shoppers and health care providers more information about dietary supplements.
L’Aquila, Italy—A study recently published by the Journal of Cellular Biochemistry revealed that regular consumption of cocoa polyphenols could help to maintain brain health and even offer neuroprotection against age-related cognitive degeneration.
Okayama, Japan—Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affects 3–7% of school children, the American Psychiatric Association states. There could be a nutritional component to the condition, according to new data published in the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics. A team headed by a Kurashiki City College researcher, based here, believes a soy-derived phosphatidylserine (PS) may help improve ADHD symptoms in kids.
Kanagawa, Japan—Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), an extreme form of fatty liver disease, can be severe and lead to cirrhosis. Researchers from Kanagawa Institute of Technology in Japan believe a mixture of vitamin E analogs (tocotrienols and alpha-tocopherol) may help, based on data from a new small animal study.