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Class Action Lawsuits and Dietary Supplements: Not Always a Fit?

Class Action Lawsuits and Dietary Supplements: Not Always a Fit?

I have an article published in this month’s Nutritional Outlook that discusses our recent big win for energy drink maker Celsius in a class action filed against it in California state court. My article discusses class actions challenging advertising and labeling claims for dietary supplements and food products in which companies are accused of making

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

FDA Commissioner Attempts to Curb Regulated Drug Use in Nutritional Supplements

With an ongoing rise in nutritional supplements containing chemicals regulated as drugs, the Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration recently sent a letter to all manufacturers of dietary supplements reminding them of their concern of this matter and their plans to reduce the problem. The purpose of the letter is stated as to “address

Are all supplements tainted?

Nearly all of the herbal dietary supplements tested in a Congressional investigation contained trace amounts of lead and other contaminants, and some supplement sellers made illegal claims that their products can cure cancer and other diseases, investigators found. So begins an article in the New York Times on a Government Accounting Office report released May

David Mark Ph.D. Guest Post — Vitamin D: Pumped up by the media

GUEST POST BY DAVID MARK The Washington Post recently published an article asserting that vitamin D is shaping up to be the nutrient of the year, if not the decade. The article started factually strong but weakened at the end when it made specific recommendations. The Post references an article in Consumer Reports titled “Most

What marketing draws the ire of the FDA?

Marketers of nutritional supplements often complain that they do not know what the FDA wants. Even after the agency sends a warning letter about misleading claims and advertising, its staff does not explain what would fall within the rules. That’s the reality; the FDA will tell you what’s wrong, not what’s right. Through warning letters,

Drug agencies plays ‘gopher bash’ with steroids

The first paragraph in the New York Times story said it all: “The Drug Enforcement Administration has classified as controlled substances three steroids that are marketed as dietary supplements, but an antidoping official warned that new steroids have taken their place on the shelves of nutrition stores.” The DEA’s actions are the equivalent of the