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Caffeine in Dietary Supplements

The Office of Dietary Supplement Programs within CFSAN at FDA has prepared and published guidance for industry, warning that powdered and liquid dietary supplements containing pure or highly concentrated caffeine may be deemed to be adulterated under…

Food Labeling Modernization Act of 2018 Likely Reveals Consumer Groups’ Priorities for FDA Nutrition Innovation Strategy – May Spur More Class Action Lawsuits

The Food Labeling Modernization Act of 2018 (H.R. 5425) was introduced on April 4, 2018, by Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), the ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.  A joint press statement announcing the bill was released by R…

John Block: Dietary Guidelines

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block I asked a couple of friends of mine in Illinois and Kansas – what do you think of the newly released Dietary Guidelines? Their answer – what Dietary Guidelines? The public is not paying much attention while…

2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans Released... And Some Thought Already Being Given to the 2020 Guidelines!

The Secretaries of Agriculture and Health and Human Services have released the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) following what had been a captivating review of the Scientific Report of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, a proc…

John Block: 2015 Dietary Guidelines – Will They Be Credible?

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block USDA and HHS are close to issuing the 2015 version of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The Guidelines, issued every five years, must be based on “the preponderance of the scientific and medical knowledge…

2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Report Mixes Science and Policy

The 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) submitted its report to the Secretaries of Agriculture and Health and Human Services last month and disbanded.  It is now up to the USDA and HHS to take the DGAC’s conclusions and recommendatio…

Dietary Guidelines – Confused About Caffeine

The news wires have been buzzing lately about the recently released scientific report of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. One of the hottest topics for discussion is how out of step the report is on a number of issues, including the Committ…

FDA Public Meeting Will Consider Fundamental Changes to, and Expansion of, the Redbook

By Mark L. Itzkoff   In the October 30 Federal Register, FDA that it will hold a public meeting to receive public input on updating its commonly known as “the Redbook.” The meeting will be held on December 9. Requests to make oral comments d…

John Block Reports: Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015 Edition – Losing It’s Way on Caffeine (Part I)

This week, OFW Law founding principal Richard L. Frank fills in for former USDA Secretary John R. Block. There are a variety of disturbing questions surrounding the Dietary Guidelines for Americans now being drafted for release in 2015. The questi…

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