At the World Health Organization’s (WHO; Geneva) upcoming European Ministerial Conference on Counteracting Obesity, which will be held in November in Istanbul, Turkey, many of the world’s leading health experts will convene to develop new plans for dealing with the obesity epidemic. With any luck, functional foods will be one of the strategies that helps makes a difference.
Since the passage of DSHEA in 1994, the industry has waited patiently for the advent of official good manufacturing practices (GMPs) for dietary supplements. The arrival of the GMPs, like the much-anticipated emergence of the groundhog, could herald either a long “winter” clouded with new regulatory burdens, or an early “summer” that levels the corporate playing field.
Is the media accurately reporting the results of the latest dietary supplement research? If not, what should the industry do? If so, what can the industry do? Manufacturers have been grappling with these questions for the past several years and may be closer to finding some answers.
Congress recognized that food allergies are a significant problem, and it determined that allergic consumers or caregivers have to make appropriate food selections based on accurate labeling of food products.
Jonathan Emord knows a thing or two about the Food and Drug Administration (FDA; Rockville, MD). He has defeated the agency in federal court a record six times and served as plaintiff’s lead counsel in the 1999 Pearson v. Shalala, 2001 Pearson v. Shalala, 2001 Pearson v. Thompson, and 2002 Whitaker v. Thompson cases.
Until recently, the federal government had said very little about what constitutes a whole-grain food. That changed on February 17, when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA; Rockville, MD) issued a draft guidance document clarifying its views.
Soy makes a great deal of sense. It’s cost-effective, environmentally sustainable, highly versatile, and good for you. No wonder food ingredient manufacturers work long hours formulating new and novel soy-based food ingredients.
In many respects, 2005 is beginning to look a lot like 2004. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA; Rockville, MD) is still promising the “imminent” publication of good manufacturing practices (GMPs) for dietary supplements.
This summer, two events could have a big impact on the dietary supplement industry at home and abroad. The first is that the Codex Alimentarius Commission (Rome) is likely to approve new guidelines for vitamin and mineral food supplements. The second is that the European Court of Justice (Luxembourg) is expected to rule on the validity of the European Union’s (EU) Food Supplements Directive.
Despite what the Washington Post says, the majority of supplement manufacturers take pride in their quality. But even the best quality control (QC) departments are about to be tested.