March 21, 2019

NAI trumpets its patent victory as crucial precedent for IP protection in supplements industry

A victory for Natural Alternatives International in its beta alanine patent case is being heralded as a huge IP protection precedent in the natural products industry.

March 15, 2019

Final defendant pleads guilty in Hawaii liver injuries case

The final defendant in a criminal case arising from a spate of liver injuries in Hawaii has pleaded guilty, according to Reuters.

March 5, 2019

‘Gottlieb’s FDA tenure marked by tremendous progress’: Industry reacts to resignation

Stakeholders from the dietary supplements and food industries have been reacting to the resignation of Scott Gottlieb, MD, with many pushing for the Agency to follow through on the key initiatives started during his leadership.

March 5, 2019

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb resigns, dietary supplement industry responds

Nutritional Outlook

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb is resigning from the agency, effective in a month. At the time this story went to press, FDA had not yet released a public statement on Gottlieb’s resignation; however, FDA’s Twitter account posted a snapshot of a memo the Commissioner sent to his FDA colleagues noting that he wants to spend more time with family. Gottlieb has served as FDA Commissioner since May 2017.

February 28, 2019

NPA says ‘arbitrary’ new FDA protein definition could have implications for industry

NPA has filed a comment on a proposed FDA rule that would define protein in what the organization calls an arbitrary way.

February 4, 2019

Dietary supplement trade groups asks federal appeals court to rehear false advertising case

Natural Products Insider

A controversy before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit raises questions as to how judges should apply a fundamental legal principle—”summary judgment”—in false advertising cases.

January 29, 2019

Bill to limit certain dietary supplement sales to minors resurfaces in Massachusetts 

Natural Products Insider

State Rep. Kay Kahn refiled her earlier bill aimed at forcing retailers to put diet and sports products behind lock and key.

January 29, 2019

NPA: National Standard Needed for Plant-Based Food Labeling

WholeFoods Magazine

NPA has issued comments to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) urging the agency to adopt a policy of enforcement discretion on standards of identity for products that use dairy names to describe plant-based products.

January 28, 2019

NPA calls for action on state bill that would restrict access to and post health warning on muscle building supplements

NPA is calling for a grassroots response to oppose a bill in Massachusetts that would put sports nutrition and weight management products behind the counter and mandate the posting of a comprehensive health warning.

January 25, 2019

NPA files amicus brief in Schwabe and Nature’s Way lawsuit to prevent “dangerous precedent” in claims substantiation standards

Nutritional Outlook

NPA filed an amicus brief in the legal case Sonner vs. Schwabe North America, Inc. and Nature’s Way Product LLC being heard by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit in California.

January 21, 2019

Dumb rules: NPA accuses US FDA of ‘regulatory mission creep’

Tensions between NPA and FDA continue as the trade group this month accuses the regulator of – once again – actions at odds with the Trump Administration’s stated commitment to cut business red tape.

January 16, 2019

NPA objects to FDA’s proposed data collection for inclusion on export lists

The Natural Products Association has objected to a proposal by the US Food and Drug Administration that NPA says will result in an expanded sharing of information on US firms with foreign governments. NPA said the proposal lacks transparency and runs counter to stated goals of the current administration with regard to paring back regulation.

January 15, 2019

NPA Submits Comments to FDA Requesting Transparency

WholeFoods Magazine

NPA said in a press release that it submitted comments to the FDA regarding a new proposal to share data collected from U.S. companies with foreign governments. NPA noted that the proposal lacks transparency and is out of step with the Trump Administration’s goals to streamline regulations.

January 11, 2019

Shutdown presents opportunity for industry to highlight self regulatory efforts

The supplement industry has an opportunity to make a powerful case about its self regulatory capabilities during the interregnum of federal regulatory authority imposed by the budget impasse.

January 5, 2019

NPA Questions FDA’s Lack of Guidance for Dietary Supplements

WholeFoods Magazine

In comments made to the FDA, the Natural Products Association (NPA) questioned why the Agency’s draft guidance for food labeling serving sizes does not provide examples for dietary supplements, according to a press release. The NPA took issue with the fact that no examples were provided for dietary supplements carrying Supplement Facts labels, whether in pill form, liquid form or chewing gum form.

January 4, 2019

FDA supplement industry functions on hold during shutdown; backlog foreseen

The federal government shutdown has thrown a wrench into the works of the Food and Drug Administration. While food safety might not have been compromised, many of the agency’s more routine assignments are on hold and it may take months to catch up.

January 2, 2019

Arizona proposal to register supplements as non-prescription drugs axed, thanks to efforts of trade organizations

Nutritional Outlook

“Natural products and supplements are safe and under strict regulation by the federal government, and because of that the U.S. enjoys the safest food supply in the world,” said Daniel Fabricant, president and CEO of NPA, in a press release. “Supplements are not drugs and should not be regulated like drugs, because it would raise costs and block access to the products consumers want. We commend the Arizona Board of Pharmacy and other officials for working with us to help Arizonans.”

December 24, 2018

NPA Submits Comments to FDA Regarding GMPs for Cosmetic Products

WholeFoods Magazine

The Natural Products Association (NPA) submitted comments to the FDA outlining a framework for developing Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) for cosmetic products, according to a press release.

December 20, 2018

Arizona pharmacy board backs down on plan to regulate supplements like OTC drugs

A proposal by an Arizona governmental branch to regulate supplements like drugs has been successfully opposed by the American Herbal Products Association and the Natural Products Association.

December 14, 2018

New FDA Dietary Supplement Working Group to examine how effective agency’s existing authority is for regulating supplement industry

Nutritional Outlook

FDA has created a new Dietary Supplement Working Group whose goal is “to take a hard look at what more the FDA can be doing with our existing authorities” to regulate dietary supplements, said FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, this week. Gottlieb made the announcement during a speech he gave on December 12 at the Food and Drug Law Institute Enforcement, Litigation, and Compliance Conference hosted in Washington, DC, by the nonprofit organization the Food and Drug Law Institute.

December 12, 2018

NPA Asks to Join Dietary Supplement Working Group

WholeFoods Magazine

Daniel Fabricant, Ph.D., president and CEO of NPA, said in the NPA’s press release that, “While we share the commissioner’s concerns and hope FDA gets serious about bad actors who illegally sell drugs under a dietary supplement label or make false claims, we disagree with his suggestion that more or different rules are needed or that the industry’s outstanding safety record has changed. We’ve urged FDA to get tougher on bad actors and we hope they do that, but in the meantime, they should also lead the discussion on new areas like cannabidiol and other promising natural products, not playing catch-up.”

December 6, 2018

Nutritional Outlook’s 2018 Best of the Industry Awards, Industry Leader: Supplement Safety Compliance InitiativeNew Chinese tariffs target $60 billion in US trade; supplements escape for now

Nutritional Outlook

In recent years, self-regulation has become a key dietary supplement industry priority. While many manufacturers have incredible reputations because of their long history of ensuring quality and safety, it has become clear that the most effective way to earn respect as an industry is to come together as one. That is why Nutritional Outlook is recognizing two self-regulatory initiatives: The Supplement Safety Compliance Initiative (SSCI) and the Global Retailer and Manufacturer Alliance (GRMA).

November 16, 2018

NPA CEO on CBD: ‘Folks need to take the front door with FDA’

The Natural Products Association’s stance on CBD is to take FDA’s word on the controversial ingredient, until someone takes the front door with the Agency and files an NDI or a GRAS notification with the FDA for CBD.

November 1, 2018

FDA still finding same cGMP deficiencies at dietary supplement facilities

Natural Products Insider

FDA investigators who inspect dietary supplement manufacturing facilities for compliance with cGMPs (current good manufacturing practices) are still often finding the same deficiencies more than a decade after the regulations were adopted.

October 25, 2018

As Chinese import tariffs hit natural products supply chain, retail-level impact looms

New Hope

The latest round of implemented tariffs include many dietary ingredients, leaving the industry seeking exclusions and new non-China sources.

October 18, 2018

NPA expresses support for FDA’s Nutrition Innovation Strategy in public comments

Nutritional Outlook

The Natural Products Association (NPA; Washington, DC) has submitted comments to FDA regarding the agency’s “Multi-Year Nutrition Innovation Strategy” released in January 2018. With its new innovation strategy, the agency aims to provide the public with more information that will help consumers make healthier nutrition and lifestyle choices and reduce their incidence of morbidity and mortality. The agency held a public meeting on the topic on July 26, 2018, and extended the public comment period to October 11, 2018.

October 16, 2018

From the Ground Up: Standardization, Regulation, Innovation

WholeFoods Magazine

It’s time to go back to the beginning, all the way to the raw materials. First, there’s the all-consuming issue of tariffs, of what happened, how the industry fought back, and what to do now that the tariffs have passed. From there, we move on to how manufacturers offer all-important transparency, how technology is helping them do it, and the certifications to look for when research fails you. Labeling issues keep popping up, so we’ll go into why your products are—or aren’t—marked the way they are. And then experts will talk about what kind of innovation they see in the near future.

September 27, 2018

SSCI progress includes pilot audits to test standardized tools, redesigned app for farmers

Progress on the Supplement Safety & Compliance Initiative has included pilot audits and a revamped mobile app for farmers, an executive with one of the groups behind the initiative has said.

September 27, 2018

FDA ups ante in plant ‘milk’ debate: ‘We’re on a fast track to take a fresh look at labeling’

The FDA has upped the ante in the ongoing debate over the use of terms such as ‘almondmilk’ and ‘vegan cheese,’ with a public request for information to help inform the development of draft guidance to “provide greater clarity on appropriate labeling of plant-based alternatives.”

September 25, 2018

Tariffs Have Been Implemented. What Next?

WholeFoods Magazine

Dr. Daniel Fabricant, president of the Natural Products Association, says that now that the tariffs have passed, the NPA is hoping to get an exclusion process. The first two lists of tariffs had one, but the third list, which affects the industry the most, does not. And while glucosamine and sucralose were removed from the list, it’s still full of items that are vital to all aspects of the natural products industry

September 23, 2018

US hearing: Trump’s tariff plan disrupts companies’ supply chains and hurts consumers


As the Office of the US Trade Representative holds a six-day hearing which began Monday on the proposed tariffs on 200 billion US dollars of Chinese goods, dozens of companies voiced concerns that the tariffs are disrupting American companies’ supply chains by raising the costs of raw materials they import.

September 20, 2018

CV Sciences ventures into food space following CBD safety assessment

Natural Products Insider

CV Sciences, a public company, has received self-affirmed GRAS status, demonstrating the safety of its “hemp-derived CBD gold extract.” But FDA could disagree with the assessment, and many regulatory hurdles remain to marketing CBD in foods and supplements, lawyers said.

September 18, 2018

Prepare for the Worst: China-U.S. Trade War Is On

WholeFoods Magazine

The trade war is on. President Trump announced he is ordering 10% tariffs beginning Sept. 24 on the $200 billion worth of Chinese imports on a list released July 10, NPR reports.

The list included a variety of items the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) and the National Products Association (NPA) listed as necessary for the natural products industry, ranging from amino acids to dried fruits.

August 22, 2018

NPA testifies in tariff hearing, Trump seeks even higher duties

Natural Products Insider

Dan Fabricant of the Natural Products Association told the U.S. Trade Representative tariffs proposed by the Trump administration would have major negative effects on the U.S. natural products and dietary supplement industry.

August 22, 2018

Should FDA create a mandatory product registry for dietary supplements?

Nutritional Outlook

If FDA had a comprehensive, mandatory, industry-wide database of every single dietary supplement product on the market, would such information help regulators as well as industry better police the dietary supplement market? Also, how could FDA create such a registry? These questions are being debated more often as the dietary supplement industry faces more public scrutiny and ongoing discussion about whether the existing regulatory framework for supplements is effective.

August 8, 2018

BASF Awarded NPA Novel Ingredient and Science Award

Global Cosmetics News

BASF has been recognized by the Natural Products Association (NPA) for its naturals portfolio. At the certifying body’s 25th Annual Awards in Las Vegas, BASF picked up the Novel Ingredient and Science Award.

August 3, 2018

Proposed Tariffs Threaten Ingredient Supply Chain For US Supplement Firms

HBW Insight

NPA sounds alarm on Trump administration tariffs on $200bn in Chinese goods scheduled for October. In letter US Trade Representative, NPA President and CEO Daniel Fabricant asks the agency to exempt 57 items from the Harmonized Tariff Schedule that would impact hundreds of dietary ingredients.

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.”