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Council for Responsible Nutrition publishes statutory, regulatory guide

BY Alaric DeArment

WASHINGTON — A new book from a trade group representing makers of dietary supplements details the laws and regulations that govern the industry.

The Council for Responsible Nutrition announced Thursday the release of Dietary Supplement Regulation in the United States, part of the series Springer Briefs in Food, Health and Nutrition. Springer, a scientific publisher, worked with CRN to compile the book, which the organization said could be used as an educational tool for dietary supplement companies, universities and law schools, as well as a reference guide for journalists and regulatory professionals.

The book reviews the various statutes and regulations that oversee the dietary supplement industry, including regulations on dietary ingredients, manufacturing standards, safety, labeling and claims and other issues. CRN VP scientific and regulatory affairs Duffy MacKay wrote the book, along with regulatory counsel Rend Al-Mondhiry, VP scientific and international affairs Jim Griffiths, associate director of scientific and regulatory affairs Haiuyen Nguyen and former senior director of scientific and regulatory affairs Taylor Wallace.

"Springer is known for providing scientific and professional communities with relevant, high-quality information on specialized topics," CRN president and CEO Steve Mister said. "CRN is known for our staff’s depth of knowledge in the area of dietary supplement regulation. We are honored that Springer chose to collaborate with us in publishing this brief."

 

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Study looks at chromium picolinate supplementation in diabetes patients

BY Alaric DeArment

WASHINGTON — A trade group for supplement makers is suggesting that people with diabetes talk to their physicians about chromium picolinate supplementation, based on a recent study.

The Council for Responsible Nutrition said that multiple studies had indicated chromium picolinate supplements can help reduce high blood-glucose levels, though the group cautioned that while doctors and other healthcare professionals could consider supplementation as part of a diabetes treatment plan, the companies marketing supplements were not allowed to market their products as treating, diagnosing, mitigating, preventing or curing diseases.

"A healthy lifestyle for diabetes must emphasize healthy diet and plenty of exerts," CRN VP scientific and regulatory affairs Duffy MacKay said. "It requires working very closely with your doctors and opening up a dialogue with them about using all the tools at your disposal, one of which may be supplementation."

According to a study conducted by Frost & Sullivan and funded by the CRN, 81,243 coronary heart disease incidents can be avoided each year through the use of chromium picolinate dietary supplements at preventive intake levels. The study was based on a systematic review of scientific studies that examined whether the supplements could reduce blood-glucose levels.

 

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Quantum Health hires former MillerCoors VP sales as CEO

BY Alaric DeArment

EUGENE, Ore. — Natural dietary supplement and OTC product maker Quantum Health has hired a new CEO, the company said.

Quantum Health announced that it had hired Jason Pellegrini, who previously served as VP sales for the grocery channel at MillerCoors. Pellegrini has also previously worked for LivePlanet, Viant, Mitchell Madison Group and ACNielsen. He started with Quantum Health in August.

"I’m very excited about the future potential of Quantum and am looking forward to working closely with all our suppliers, partners and retailers," Pellegrini said.

 

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