NPA highlights difference between steroids and dietary supplements
WASHINGTON While the sporting nation debates whether the records of accused steroid users Barry Bonds or Roger Clemens should receive an asterisk, the Natural Products Association on Friday looked to apply an asterisk of their own.
Steroids and dietary supplements are mutually exclusive, the association stated. “The idea that athletes were unwittingly ingesting steroids in the dietary supplements they innocently purchased at a health food store has been exposed as the ridiculous notion it always was,” the association noted. “The fact that the performance-enhancing substances purchased in the report needed to be obtained surreptitiously by a third party, typically at a high cost, should have been evidence enough to an athlete that the product was likely to be illegal. Clearly, calling such products ‘dietary supplements’ was an attempt to gain legitimacy and mask their real contents.”
AHPA issues materials to help identify quality of bilberry extract
SILVER SPRING, Md. The American Herbal Products Association earlier this week provided analytical tools and methods to identify adulteration of powdered raw materials labeled as bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) extract.
“AHPA is providing methods to help enable proper evaluations of materials where identity and quality issues are known to exist,” stated Steven Dentali, AHPA’s vice president of scientific and technical affairs. “By providing these analytical methods, we will help companies make better ingredient purchasing decisions.”
The methods, along with color images of the results, are on the AHPA website.
Disseminating these quality assurance methods is part of AHPA’s ongoing initiative to provide practical tools that enable the dietary supplements industry to self-regulate.
American Greetings to debut Muhammad Ali cards
CLEVELAND American Greetings has signed an agreement with Muhammad Ali Enterprises that will allow the company to introduce a line of greeting cards featuring the legendary boxer next month.
The Muhammad Ali Collection is due to arrive in stores in January and will include eight cards with a mix of birthday, thinking-of-you and everyday designs that feature iconic photos of Ali. The cards will debut in time for Black History Month in February.
“It’s truly an honor to work with such a respected and revered person like Muhammad Ali,” said Paul Palmer, director of ethnic card marketing for American Greetings. “It’s a natural fit for Ali to be the focal point of cards that inspire and motivate others to reach their goals, persevere through hardship and celebrate the many accomplishments in life.”
The cards will arrive in stores on Jan. 21 priced at $2.99. A line of cards featuring sound bites from Ali is planned for later this year.