Natural Products Insider

NOV-DEC 2018

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SupplySide West Preview A state law that strays from national requirements can have costly consequences for food and supplement companies that sell their products throughout the country. The most well-known example is California's Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, known as Proposition 65, which was enacted as a ballot initiative and continues to be a major source of anxiety for the industry. In addition to Prop 65, recent state initiatives such as Massachusetts House Bill 1195 sought to ban the sale of weight-loss and muscle-building dietary supplements to minors. Similar legislation in New York attempted to ban the sale of creatine to minors. Fortunately, none of these proposals made their way through the legislative process. However, it's likely these bills will be reintroduced during the next legislative session. If enacted, they could create signifi cant supply chain issues, especially if labeling or formulation changes are required only for one state. Apart from state legislation, and as the industry learned in February 2015 with an herbal supplements probe by former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, state AG investigations can occur with little notice, but result in long-lasting effects. Dietary supplement companies should be familiar with their state AG and their involvement in consumer protection issues. One effective way to stay involved and engaged is through membership in a trade association. Another way is to maintain a proactive relationship with the state AGs. It's also important to closely monitor and resolve consumer complaints about products, because consumer complaints could end up being fi led with state consumer protection agencies and eventually capture the attention of the state AGs. These measures could save a lot of hassle and expense down the road, helping to avoid a confrontation with a state AG or unexpected labeling or ingredient requirements in a certain state. Rend Al-Mondhiry is senior counsel to Amin Talati Upadhye LLP ( ¦£¤¨¤¤®¤ Trade shows in Las Vegas have a way of wearing people down. Sore feet, late nights, tired voices, upset stomachs... you get the picture. These handy kits provide helpful products that contain WKHLQGXVWU\¶V¿QHVWLQJUHGLHQWVDQGVKRZFDVHWKHDSSOLFDWLRQV in which they can be used to put a little more pep in everyone's step. Pick up your kit at the Main Entrance to the expo, or at any of the participating sponsors' booths: Learn more at VITALITY KIT 2018 SPONSORED BY NOVEMBER 6-10, 2018 Expo Hall November 8 & 9 Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, NV State Legislators at SupplySide West Learn more about the impact of state legislation on the supplements industy during the "Responding to State Legislators & Attorneys General" Workshop on Friday, Nov. 9 at 9 a.m. at SupplySide West in Las Vegas. Rend Al-Mondhiry will be moderating the workshop. Scan Here

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