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FDA Issues Revised Draft New Dietary Ingredient Guidance for Supplements

Previously jubilant Industry not so jubilant as NHF’s predictions come true By Scott C. Tips, National health Federation President and General Counsel specializing in food and drug law 16 August 2016 I truly wish that I had been wrong. Four years ago I predicted in writing that the whole-food industry’s jubilance over the decision of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to revise the FDA’s Draft Guidance for Industry: Dietary Supplements: New Dietary Ingredient [...]

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HOT TIMES IN GENEVA

Or, How to Force More Drug Ill-Effects on Billions of People and Make Tons of Money By Scott C. Tips Most people would not think of Geneva, Switzerland as an uncomfortably hot city.  But each and every time I’ve been here, it has been. The city was so hot this most recent trip that I actually saw two trees fighting over a dog. Still, the reason for braving the heat here was a good and [...]

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Biological Threats and Garlic as a Natural Remedy for What Ails Modern Civilization

Every day we read or hear about some biological threat, whether it be from a potentially deadly strain of the flu virus, a prevalent pathogenic bacterium in foods like Campylobacter in uncooked chicken meat; or a seemingly safe FDA-approved drug that has been found to be unsafe like aspirin that induces bleeding gastric ulcers and brain hemorrhages; or pollutants in the air or water like the endemic fungus that causes Valley Fever or chlorine that [...]

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GSK China Among 35 Defendants Indicted By Chinese Prosecutor

Changsha People’s Procurator, a Chinese municipal prosecutor in Hunan province, has indicted a total of 35 defendants in the GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) commercial bribery case, including GSK’s China unit, according to a source familiar with the situation. It is by far the largest anti-corruption prosecution involving a foreign multinational in the country, attorneys said. The 35 defendants include corporate entities such as GSK’s China unit, pharmaceutical distributors and a Chinese travel agency. They also include individuals [...]

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NHF Newsletter No.22

  NOTE FROM THE EDITOR:   Fukushima, a huge Canadian arsenic contamination, Chinese soil contaminating food…As the Earth’s destruction at the hands of mankind becomes more evident by the day, we need to place more emphasis than ever on a healthy lifestyle, keeping detoxification pathways open by supplying proper nutrients which drive these processes and adequate protein in the diet to carry off toxins. Spring’s bitter greens are supportive of a detox but with the [...]

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Money, Markets, and “Get Out of Our Way” The National Health Federation at Codex Committee on Food Additives in Hong Kong

NHF President Scott Tips at Codex Food Additives meeting in Hong Kong, preparing to speak   The National Health Federation (NHF) returned again to Asia in mid-March 2014, to attend the Codex Committee on Food Additives (CCFA) Forty-Sixth Session in Hong Kong, China. [1] Last year’s CCFA meeting, held amidst the death-smog of Beijing, yielded a great victory as NHF reduced neurotoxic aluminum by 50% in many food products and completely eliminated it in others. [...]

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Hyperlexia: Separating “Autistic-like” Symptoms from “Autism”:Children Who Read Early or Speak Late

There is a great deal of attention these days, appropriately, to autistic spectrum disorder (ASD). It is a serious condition and deserves serious attention.   But discussions continue whether an apparent increase in the disorder is due to expanding criteria and better identification, or whether there is in fact an actual increase in incidence and prevalence.  This is an important question because if we are to make accurate diagnoses, develop effective treatment, and hopefully someday create preventative [...]

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SUCCESS IN NORWAY Aluminum Eliminated as a Food Additive for Fish

Chairman Bjorn Knudtsen and Scott Tips, 18 Feb 2014   Despite Winter’s frosty embrace, the Sun and the Norwegians conspired to overwhelm the cold and provide a warm reception for the nearly 180 Codex delegates gathered here in Bergen, Norway in mid-February 2014 for the Thirty-third meeting of the Codex Committee on Fish and Fishery Products (CCFFP). Chairman Bjorn Knudtsen – a tall drink of water but one who never seemed to look down at [...]

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The FDA’s New Food Label Guidelines – A Sneak Attack on Your Dietary Supplements

  In a glitzy roll-out last month featuring First Lady Michelle Obama and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg, the FDA proudly announced its first major changes to nutrition and supplement labeling in 20 years.[1]  If the FDA gets its way, you will see a large number of formatting and placement changes made to the current Nutrition Facts panel on food labels and to the Supplement Facts panel on dietary-supplement labels.[2]  The [...]

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LIVING IN THE PAST, UNDERMINING OUR FUTUREThe FDA Proposes Dangerous Nutrition Label Changes

  “How simple life is when one knows nothing.” – from For Whom The Bell Tolls In a glitzy roll-out last February that featured both First Lady Michelle Obama and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg, the FDA proudly announced its first major changes to nutrition and supplement labeling in more than 20 years. In effect, the Agency announced that it proposed “to update the Nutrition Facts label for packaged foods to [...]

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