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Puerto Rico reconsiders dietary supplement Administrative Order 346

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON — The Puerto Rico Secretary of Health, Ana Ríus Armendáriz, announced this week that the Department of Health will not enforce Administrative Order 346, which placed regulatory fees on the distribution and manufacturing of dietary supplements that industry described as burdensome, advising she will now go through proper channels of notice, including a hearing, followed by a comment and rule making period later this year.

“We’re very encouraged that the Secretary is open to dialoguing with businesses and industry about this situation," stated Mike Greene VP government relations at the Council for Responsible Nutrition. "AO 346 would have a detrimental effect, both on consumers, who would be faced with higher prices on supplement products that are important for their health, and on businesses that contribute to the local economy," he said.

"We understand there are concerns about dangerous spiked products being illegally sold as dietary supplements, and we share that concern. It’s important, however, to separate the legitimate industry that manufactures and markets healthful products, such as multivitamins, calcium [and] fish oil … from those companies that are selling products that are illegal drugs, not legal dietary supplements," Greene added.
 

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Nature’s Truth pairs aromatherapy to yoga in latest outreach

BY Michael Johnsen

RONKONKOMA, N.Y. – Nature's Truth may have identified a new niche opportuntiy within aromatherapy – targeting yoga enthuisasts. The company on Thursday announced they will be partnering with Yoga Journal and New York-based yoga instructor Kat Fowler on a unification of yoga and aromatherapy with an editorial featuring Nature’s Truth to be published in the October issue of Yoga Journal.

“This partnership is all about introducing essential oils and educating consumers about the benefits of aromatherapy to a targeted holistic community,” stated Kimberly Vigliante, Nature’s Truth SVP sales and marketing. “Creating a partnership with Yoga Journal and Kat Fowler is more than yoga and essential oils – it is to educate people about the age-old tradition of aromatherapy.”

Aromatherapy is familiar to yoga enthusiasts, many of whom  incorporate essential oils into their pursuit of balancing their chakras in a practice that has been coined "Aroma Yoga." “We have seen a huge rise in the use of essential oils and the need for pure plant-based products. Our vast selection of 100% pure oils are high quality, great value and conveniently available in over 20,000 doors nationwide,” Vigliante said.

"I always use essential oils in Savasana [a relaxation pose typically incorporated toward the end of a session] on my students around their shoulders and neck," Fowler told Yoga Journal. "When I’m teaching a hot class I usually put peppermint oil, mixed with an almond oil base, on my wrists, ears and the back of my neck to cool down."
 

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NPA working on safe harbor list of pre-DSHEA dietary ingredients

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON – The Natural Products Association announced Wednesday it is in the later stages of developing a comprehensive safe harbor list of pre-DSHEA dietary ingredients for the industry based largely on evidence from past media reports, advertising and other public sources.  

“NPA has a treasure trove of useful labels and label information dating back to the 1940s from our retailing magazines, which will be used as evidence of dietary ingredients sold in interstate commerce before Oct. 15, 1994,” stated Daniel Fabricant, NPA CEO. “There are industry lists from the late 1990s and NPA’s own list from 1996.  In short, we have the evidence FDA is seeking to make these determinations, and we look forward to engaging FDA on developing a safe harbor list," he said. “The most common question we get from our members is whether something is an old ingredient and therefore off-limits to FDA or a new dietary ingredient, which triggers the NDI notification process.  While future dietary ingredients may be appropriately subjected to that process, we are developing a safe harbor list now for greater clarity as to exactly what ingredients fall safely into the approved category and can be used in products today.”

NPA hopes to complete the Safe Harbor database of dietary ingredients in the near future, and will engage FDA in the coming months on its methodology and evidence.

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