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A Brief Survey of the Food Safety Modernization Act

Editor’s Note: This article is written by contributing writer Shafiel A. Karim Earlier this year, President Obama signed the Food Safety Modernization Act (FMSA), which amends various portions of the United States Code relating to FDA’s powers to detain and regulate domestic and imported food products.  While the law was primarily drafted to grant the

Irwin Naturals Announces California Settlement of Investigation into Mislabeling and False Advertising

Below is a press release issued by Irwin Naturals about its settlement of an investigation into its mislabeling and falsely advertising some of its products under California Law: Irwin Naturals, one of the nation’s leading suppliers of natural dietary and herbal supplements, announces that it has reached a settlement with a California task force that

McCain supplement bill more about pro sports than public safety

To understand why Sen. John McCain introduced a bill on dietary supplements, read the press releases. The legislation announced Feb. 3  addresses public safety, but mostly it’s about the reputation and revenue of professional and Olympic sports. The evidence: McCain says in the release that “a little over a year ago the NFL suspended six

Product quality: the never-ending frontier of GMP

Following up on a post from June 30, the question of consumer confidence in nutritional supplements arises again. The Times-Herald reports that many supplements have quality problems. No one knows just how many of 40,000 products underdeliver on the goods listed their labels and over-deliver on unlisted, harmful ingredients and contaminants. “I believe that the problem is narrow, that the well-established and reputable brands deserve their reputations,” Michael McGuffin, president of the American Herbal Products Association, tells the paper that serves the Hudson Valley of New York.

Final version of stimulus bill will boost science research

Companies keen on product development will likely get a boost from the compromise version of the stimulus bill that the House was set to vote on Friday. There are billions of dollars for government research grants and millions for construction of research buildings. The final legislation did pull back in areas such as agriculture. Here

Stimulus bills have billions for research

Nestled in the $800 billion-plus economic stimulus bills that Congress is considering are billions of dollars for non-profit research centers, universities and possibly private firms. The Chronicle of Higher Education breaks down the House and Senate bills into categories that range from NSF to NIH. The monies present opportunities for private and non-profit firms that

Listing of Color Additives: FDA Final Rule

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is revising its requirements for cochineal extract and carmine by requiring their declaration by name on the label of all food and cosmetic products that contain these color additives. This final rule responds to reports of severe allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis, to cochineal extract-containing food and carmine-containing food and

Adverse Event Reporting (AER) Label Compliance

Although Section 403(y) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFD&C Act) (21 U.S.C. 343(y), does not require a dietary supplement label to include anything other than a domestic address or phone number for the responsible person, the FDA recommends that the label also bear a clear, prominent statement informing consumers that the domestic

FTC on Advertising Endorsements and Testimonials

The Federal Trade Commission announced it has approved publication of a Federal Register notice seeking public comments on proposed revisions to the Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. In a Federal Register notice published in January 2007, the FTC sought public comment on the overall costs, benefits, and regulatory and economic