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Cleveland Clinic partners with AHPA members Crane Herb and KPC Products

The use of herbal medicine at the Cleveland Clinic (TIME)

Nearly one in five Americans use herbal or other nonvitamin supplements (CDC National Center for Health Statistics)

Nearly one in five Americans use herbal or other nonvitamin supplements (CDC National Center for Health Statistics)

FDA issues draft guidance for honey labeling (FDA)

Recent FDA enforcement actions against illegal, tainted products masquerading as dietary supplements since February 21, 2014 (FDA

Since February 21, 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has performed four enforcement actions advising consumers not to purchase or use products because FDA laboratory analysis confirmed that these products contain undeclared ingredients.

Reformulation of carbonated drinks could slash more than 6,000 calories per year

Using stevia to reformulate just 20% of carbonated soft drinks could slash more than 6,000 calories per year from the diet of consumers, says Diana Cowland of Euromonitor International. 

FDA announced that SNI National is voluntarily recalling all kratom products

 The products are packaged in clamshell, zip sealed packets and green pill bottles, 4, 10, 20, and 40 count. The products can be identified by their bright green packaging and label which states that it contains Kratom. The products were sold to wholesale distributors in the following states: Alabama, California, Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Florida, Oklahoma, Idaho, Colorado, Wisconsin, Massachusetts, and Ohio. The products were further distributed by those entities. SNI National has completely terminated distribution.

Legal Alert

Since January 24, 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has performed 16 enforcement actions advising consumers not to purchase or use products because FDA laboratory analysis confirmed that these products contain undeclared ingredients.

FDA statement on Generally Recognized as Safe determinations

On March 11, 2014, Senomyx, Inc. issued a public statement suggesting that its food ingredient Sweetmyx (also known as S617) was generally recognized as safe (GRAS). The statement appeared to suggest that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had made the GRAS determination. In fact, the agency had not made this determination nor had it been notified by Senomyx regarding a GRAS determination for this food ingredient. The  company's statement has been corrected and now notes that a third party organization made the determination.

Chinese herbal therapy debuts at Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals

Changes made to state laws have opened the door for certified herbal therapists to prescribe custom Chinese herbal therapy blends and traditional formulas to patients within a clinical practice.
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