dmaa

Washington, D.C.—The U.S Food and Drug Administration has issued a consumer alert against the use of the stimulant dimethylamylamine (DMAA) in illegal dietary supplements. DMAA is often found in weight-loss, muscle-building and performance-enhancing products.

selenium baby

Silver Spring, MD—On April 15, the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed a rule entitled “Infant Formula: The Addition of Minimum and Maximum Levels of Selenium to Infant Formula and Related Labeling Requirements,” which will do two things: add the nutrient selenium to the list of those required for infant formulas and establish a range of measurement for selenium that will be allowed in infant formulas. If this rule comes to fruition, selenium will be the 30th nutrient added to the mandatory list.

energy drinks

Washington, D.C.—In response to the growing number of adverse events related to energy drinks (especially from teens), three politicians—Representative Ed Markey (D-MA), Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL and Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)—investigated several companies that market energy drinks. The results of this investigation, released on April 10, revealed a label discrepancy between similar products on the market, false caffeine disclosure, and a youth-focused marketing campaign designed to emulate alcoholic beverages.

omegas

New sources of omega-3s like algae and krill are emerging as alternatives to fish and flax oils.

teen energy drink

 

Hauppauge, NY—Thanks to Suffolk County lawmakers, popular energy drinks, like Red Bull and Monster, may no longer be easy for Long Island teens to get their hands on. Three bills were approved on March 19, and are now awaiting County Executive Steve Bellone to sign them into law. They included prohibiting the sale of energy drinks to minors at parks and beaches; stopping the mailing of energy drinks coupons and samples to minors; and initiating a public awareness campaign about the possible health effects of energy drinks.

Sabinsa anniversary

It’s been 25 years since Sabinsa Corporation opened its doors, and the company is still innovating every step of the way. The firm marked the event at Expo West with a cake and champagne for colleagues and friends.

If hoofing it up, down, around and beneath Capitol Hill at the 16th annual Natural Products Day taught me one thing, it’s that our elected officials must be taking their vitamins. That’s the only way they’d have the physical and mental energy to navigate the labyrinthine series of hallways, stairwells and offices that comprise and connect the Senate and House office buildings.

Shoppers’ choices in gluten-free bars and sports nutrition are vast, but Europa may have some new items that consumers may want to zero-in on.

Martin Heinrich

The natural products industry has had some great champions on Capitol Hill in the past, and many believe a newly elected senator from New Mexico could prove to be a friend in the future.