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FDA warnings: Tofu, supplements and fish eggs

Three warning letters recently posted by the Food and Drug Administration cited food safety violations at a tofu production plant in California, a supplement company in Nebraska and a supplier of fish roe based in Peru. Companies that receive FDA warning letters are given 15 days to respond in writing. Failure to make necessary changes… Continue Reading

FDA updates draft guidance for dietary supplement industry

Opinion

Editor’s Note: This was originally published by the FDA on Aug. 11, 2016. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today issued a revised draft guidance to improve dietary supplement companies’ new dietary ingredient (NDI) premarket safety notifications to the agency. These notifications help the agency identify safety concerns before products reach consumers. Under the Dietary Supplement Health… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: Who Cares About Dangerous Supplements?

Opinion

In our continual effort to stay focused, Food Safety News has only given limited attention to the $40-billion-a-year supplements industry. We do care about the damage caused by the low-lifes in the supplement business. We certainly increased our attention this past week when federal agencies, led by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), announced multiple… Continue Reading

DOJ: Consumers Must Remain on Guard About Supplement Risks

Putting out too much information is rarely a problem for the government, but most reports about Tuesday’s announcement by federal agencies of their new and ongoing “sweep” against unlawful dietary supplements overlooked some important consumer information. In addition to the criminal and civil actions made public Nov. 17, 2015, by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: A ‘Superfood’ Controversy

Opinion

Dietary supplements — all those pills, powders, and liquid substances — have long existed in a kind of food safety twilight zone. Unlike drugs, supplements do not require the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval before going on the market, nor are the high standards being applied to food and even animal feed under the… Continue Reading

DOJ Seeks Criminal Contempt Sanctions Against MT Supplements Seller

On one of his websites, Toby McAdam, 57, is letting prospective customers know that he cannot sell his dietary supplements until he works out a labeling issue with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. But, on Wednesday, the consumer affairs arm of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced it is pursuing criminal contempt sanctions… Continue Reading

Big Retailers Ordered to Stop Selling ‘Adulterated’ and ‘Mislabeled’ Herbal Supplements

The New York Attorney General’s office has ordered four major retailers — Walmart, Target, Walgreens and GNC — to stop selling “adulterated” and “mislabeled” herbal supplements that independent lab tests show do not contain ingredients as stated on the labels. NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman sent cease-and-desist letters Monday to the heads of all four companies… Continue Reading

Dietary Supplements Contained Banned Drugs After FDA Recalls

A new study finds that a high percentage of dietary supplements still contained banned drugs at least six months after being recalled by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Approximately half of all FDA class-I drug recalls since 2004 have involved dietary supplements adulterated with banned pharmaceutical ingredients. Previous studies have found that dietary… Continue Reading

FDA Clarifies: Is Your Drink a Supplement or a Food?

Opinion

(This blog post was originally published Jan. 15, 2014, on Food Politics.) By an act of Congress, dietary supplements are regulated less strictly than conventional foods, so much so that some beverage manufacturers would much prefer to have their products labeled as dietary supplements than foods – energy shots, for example. Under the law, FDA… Continue Reading