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Improvita private-label item gets retailers in hot water

BY DSN STAFF

NEW YORK It’s a reminder that retailers are only one step removed from litigations involving one of their suppliers, especially when that supplier is manufacturing a store brand offering for them.

 

But perhaps more important, it may also be an indicator that like the Food and Drug Administration, the Federal Trade Commission may be a little more proactive in pursuing regulatory actions than they may have under the Bush administration. The FDA so far this year has issued more than 60 warning letters to dietary supplement companies making inappropriate treatment or prevention claims, and that’s just since the inauguration. It’s not as though the regulation isn’t clear — supplement companies cannot make claims that their products cure, mitigate or prevent any disease state. Though to be clear, many of the recent warning letters target online-only supplement distributors making such egregious claims as cancer prevention or a swine flu cure.

 

Dietary supplement manufacturers have already done quite a bit to shed an underserved reputation of shilling snake-oil-type products. The Council for Responsible Nutrition, for example, has funded increased advertising review by the National Advertising Division, a program that’s expected to receive additional funding going forward. The association has also become more aggressive of late in defending the industry by challenging critical news reports that base their criticisms on inaccuracies or faulty meta-analyses, and counter those criticisms with arguments grounded in science.

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Chews-4-Health to be featured on TV show

BY Michael Johnsen

WILMINGTON, N.C. Chews-4-Health on Friday announced that its super fruit/sea vegetable/antioxidant chewable dietary supplement will be the featured nutritional product on the upcoming television show “Kids Spaces”. The “Focus on Healthy Children” special will air nationally on the Woman’s Entertainment Network July 24 and on The Learning Channel July 25.

Chews-4-Health provides 13 servings of fruits and vegetables and contains no chemical preservatives, artificial sweeteners, dyes or unnatural flavors. The chewable tablets are made from whole food fruits and vegetables.

“Chews-4-Health helps parents across the country give their children the very best nutritious dietary supplements,” stated David Friedman, product formulator and CEO of Chews-4-Health. “It is an honor to be featured on ‘Kids Spaces’ as the nutritional product of choice, and I hope many parents tune in to the show and get this valuable information.”

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WHO to stop disclosing global tables of confirmed H1N1 cases; will continue to document pandemic

BY Michael Johnsen

GENEVA The World Health Organization announced on Thursday it would no longer provide the global tables showing the numbers of confirmed cases for all countries. However, as part of continued efforts to document the global spread of the H1N1 pandemic, regular updates will be provided describing the situation in the newly affected countries.

“At this point, further spread of the pandemic, within affected countries and to new countries, is considered inevitable,” WHO stated. “The 2009 influenza pandemic has spread internationally with unprecedented speed. In past pandemics, influenza viruses have needed more than six months to spread as widely as the new H1N1 virus has spread in less than six weeks,” making it extremely difficult for countries to try and confirm novel H1N1 infections through laboratory testing.

The novel H1N1 pandemic has been characterized, to date, by the mildness of symptoms in the overwhelming majority of patients, who usually recover, even without medical treatment, within a week of the onset of symptoms, WHO stated. But countries still need to be on guard for signals indicating a more virulent, or more deadly strain, such as spikes in rates of absenteeism from schools or workplaces or a surge in emergency department visits.

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