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CRN Launches New Tool To Help Industry Monitor, Analyze and Learn From Violations

—New Database of FDA Warning Letters Also Helps Consumers Avoid Adulterated Products Masquerading as Supplements—

The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), the leading trade association for the dietary supplement and functional food industry, today announced a free online tool that compiles FDA Warning Letters sent to dietary supplement companies into a searchable database to help industry achieve better regulatory compliance. The database can be used to evaluate FDA’s warning letter allegations of good manufacturing practices (GMPs) violations, products making impermissible claims, and products tainted with illegal ingredients.


According to CRN President & CEO Steve Mister, “Our goal is to help read more…

Weight Loss Supplement Claims Provide FTC with Steady Diet of Enforcement Initiatives, New CRN Analysis Shows

—CRN Launches New Members-Only Resource to Help Responsible Companies Avoid Illegal Advertising Claims—

Washington, D.C., August 19, 2014—Advertising claims for weight loss supplement products feed the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) with the highest settlement costs within the dietary supplement and functional food category, according to a new web-based, members-only tool from the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), the dietary supplement industry’s leading trade association. The new online tool is a compilation of all available FTC advertising enforcement actions related to dietary supplements and functional foods since 2003, and will be updated quarterly.

According to CRN President & CEO read more…

CRN-I Publishes Symposium Report on Bioactives

The Council for Responsible Nutrition-International (CRN-I), the international branch of the Council for Responsible Nutrition, announced that the conference report from its fourth scientific symposium, held on Nov. 1, 2013 in Kronberg, Germany, has been published in the peer-reviewed, scientific journal, European Journal of Nutrition.

The 2013 symposium, ” Bioactives: Qualitative Nutrient Values for Life-stage Groups,” looked at why it is important to have a process for bioactives similar to that of traditional nutrient that have dietary reference intake (DRI) values. Nearly 50 members of the international scientific and regulatory community representing more than 15 countries worldwide gathered for read more…

CRN Responds to Recommendation Statement from the USPSTF on Vitamin, Mineral and Multivitamin Supplements and Cardiovascular Disease, Cancer

Washington, D.C., February 24, 2014In response to the final report, “Vitamin, Mineral and Multivitamin Supplements for the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease and Cancer,” from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), the leading trade association representing the dietary supplement industry, issued the following statement:

Statement by Duffy MacKay, N.D., senior vice president, scientific and regulatory affairs, CRN: 

CRN appreciates the effort that the USPSTF has taken in releasing this final report to clarify its conclusion—that the evidence is insufficient to make a recommendation for the use of vitamin supplements for read more…

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