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.

fair trade

Fair trade labels carry a promise—about how products or ingredients are sourced from developing countries—and according to a recent study, it can affect the value consumers put on a product.

It’s hard to pinpoint what the hottest news was at this year’s Natural Products Expo in Baltimore, Sept. 17 to 19. There was so much of it.  Company sales like Vega had everyone buzzing. So did the latest studies, like Cheeky Monkey’s research showing that keeping children from peanuts may be causing allergies.


Washington, D.C.—Industry members have a lot to learn from the opinions expressed by a U.S. District judge in the case of the United States versus Bayer Corp., according to Steve Mister, Esq., president and CEO of the Council for Responsible Nutrition.

1. What is High Pressure Processing (HPP)?
HPP is a revolutionary method that uses pressure as opposed to nutrient-killing high heat to pasteurize food.  It does not affect the molecular level of food and it has little to no effect on nutritional value, vitamins, minerals or flavor of the product.

homeopathy ftc

On September 21, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) held an all-day workshop in Washington, D.C., titled, “Homeopathic Medicine & Advertising.”


Often times, I wonder what holds me back from achieving more or perhaps from something as simple as living or being in the moment. There are a growing number of us that continually strive for more and also want more and want to live a fulfilling life. I want to know that my life meant something and that I made a difference.


New Brunswick, NJ—New research published in Andrologia suggests that a branded shilajit (PrimaVie from Natreon, published here) increased free and total testosterone levels in healthy men.

FDA Law Steven Shapiro

In a highly followed litigation (CRN and NPA filed a number of amicus briefs), United States v. Bayer Corp (US District Court for New Jersey) the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission sought an Order holding Bayer in contempt of Court alleging that Bayer had violated the terms of a consent decree that required that the company posses "competent and reliable scientific evidence to substantiate its dietary supplement claims".  This is the general standard that FTC requires for substantiation of all dietary supplement claims (see FTC Dietary Supplement Business Guide).