NPA in the News

August 3, 2018

New Chinese tariffs target $60 billion in US trade; supplements escape for now

The Chinese government has retaliated in the latest escalation of President Trump’s trade war by releasing lists of new tariffs on US products, the highest of which will reach 25%. Experts worry that the fallout could affect the supplement industry.

July 31st, 2018

NPA to testify against ‘burdensome’ Trump tariffs at hearing in August

The most recent tariffs proposed by the Trump Administration will place significant burdens on small businesses in the dietary supplement industry, according to the Natural Products Association.

July 31st, 2018

Trump tariffs on natural ingredients hurt small business, consumers, NPA says

Nutritional Outlook

The Natural Products Association (NPA; Washington, DC) is urging the Trump administration not to impose tariffs on many of the ingredients used to create natural products and dietary supplements.

July 30th, 2018

Trump Tariffs Will Impose Financial Burden on Supplement Industry, NPA Warns

Vitamin Retailer

The Trump Administration’s proposal to impose tariffs on key ingredients for nutritional supplements and vitamins will cause disproportionate economic harm to U.S. interests and increase costs for small businesses and consumers, the Natural Products Association (NPA) said in a letter to United States Trade Representative Robert E. Lighthizer.

July 25th, 2018

Dietary Ingredients Ensnared in U.S.-China Trade War

Natural Products Insider

“You can go through the exemption process, but there is a backlog there,” said Dan Fabricant, Ph.D., president and CEO of the Natural Products Association (NPA), who noted some 2,000 such applications have already been filed. “The government might have to hire more people just to deal with these applications.”

July 24th, 2018

Probiotic and prebiotic studies lack safety data, says review

Nutritional Outlook

A systematic review in the Annals of Internal Medicine says that hundreds of published probiotic and prebiotic studies failed to report important safety data. Industry leaders are expressing disagreement with the findings or at least what they imply.

July 19th, 2018

Trade group advocates to keep skip lot testing option in dietary supplements GMPs

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is soliciting comments for a GMP code in which ingredient companies can petition for skip lot testing, but one trade group found discrepancies in the Federal Registrar notice.

July 6th, 2018

Former FDA Supplement Chief Describes Retailers’ ‘Gatekeeper’ Role

Natural Products Insider

In the last of three short video segments, Daniel Fabricant of the Natural Products Association highlights the “gatekeeper” role of U.S. retailers selling dietary supplements.

June 26th, 2018

FDA says Gottlieb statement does not signal CBD enforcement shift, but some questions unanswered, observers say

A statement by FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb on the approval of a CBD drug has left some industry stakeholders wondering what the exact implications are for the many CBD products being marketed as dietary supplements.

June 22, 2018

Farm Bill passes House, includes language for vitamin and mineral supplements purchase using SNAP

Industry celebrates inclusion of vitamin and mineral supplements language in the House’s recently updated and passed Farm Bill. One industry expert said that more work still needs to be done to get similar provisions in the Senate version of the Bill.

June 21st, 2018

Supplements Are Important for Vast Majority of Americans Who Do Not Receive Recommended Nutrients From Diet Alone

Life Extension

Supplements are important for vast majority of Americans, especially children in low-income households, who may not receive the recommended daily nutrients from diet alone. Former FDA official Daniel Fabricant is available for comment following a new report in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.

June 13th, 2018

NPA Joins Group Seeking to Amend Nationwide Labeling Regulations to Eliminate the Prevalence of Various “Unfounded” and “Unwarranted” State-Specific Warning Labels

Nutritional Outlook

Fabricant stated that NPA chose to join the Coalition because “consumers have a right to know what is in the products they use each and every day, especially when it comes to making decisions about taking products to support their health.”

June 5th, 2018

NPA CEO Discusses Regulatory Status of Kratom

Natural Products Insider

In this short video, former FDA official Daniel Fabricant, Ph.D., weighs in on kratom, the popular and controversial botanical.

May 30th, 2018

Meta-analysis finds vitamins, minerals don’t lessen CVD risk

“It’s well documented, NPA said, that Americans fall short in many key nutrients. It should not be extrapolated that from the narrow analysis of this one study that these ingredients have no health benefits at all.”

May 4th, 2018

NPA CEO Weights in on CBD, Regulatory Risks

Natural Products Insider

“Daniel Fabricant, Ph.D. of the Natural Products Association weighs in on some of the risks associated with selling CBD in dietary supplements.”

April 25th, 2018

A Natural Products Day takeaway: The industry needs to be more active in D.C.

New Hope Network

“Supplements and labeling policies were at the top of the agenda at NPA’s annual Natural Products Day in Washington, D.C.”

April 25th, 2018

2018 Natural Products Day: Keeping Up Appearances at the Capitol

WholeFoods Magazine

“On April 18th, the Natural Products Association (NPA) held its annual Natural Products Day, during which NPA members lobby their representatives and senators on behalf of the natural products industry.”

April 4th, 2018

FDA Orders Recall of Salmonella-Tainted Kratom

Everyday Health

“The salmonella contamination reflects ‘a perfect example of a firm that doesn’t follow regulatory processes,’ says Dr. Fabricant… ‘If a firm doesn’t follow regulatory processes, it’s likely they are going to have quality-control problems.'”

March 22nd, 2018

FDA’s evidence not compelling enough to revoke soy protein heart-health claim, trade groups say

“‘The FDA is proposing to revoke its regulation authorizing the use of health claims on the relationship between soy protein and coronary heart disease ont he label or in the labeling of foods but has failed to perform its own meta-analysis,’ according to a statement made by the NPA.”

March 22nd, 2018

Unsettled political outlook boosts interest in lobby day, NPA says

“An unsettled national political environment is one rife with opportunity. That’s one reason the Natural Products Association has cited for the strong turnout anticipated for its lobby day, which is set for mid-April.”