NSF Sponsors Dietary Supplements Seminar

(ANN ARBOR, MI USA) - The Center for Public Health Education, a division of NSF International (www.nsf.org), The Public Health and Safety Company(tm), recently sponsored a seminar, "Current Issues with Dietary Supplements - Safety, Toxicology and California Proposition 65." NSF is the leading global provider of public health and safety risk management solutions.

Dietitians, pharmacists, dietary supplement manufacturers and physicians from around the world came together on December 4, 2002 at the Venetian Conference Center in Las Vegas to address the need for increased consumer and regulatory confidence in the dietary supplements industry. The seminar immediately preceded the SupplySideƒ West International Trade Show and Conference from December 4th-6th.

"This seminar set the stage for future industry forums by not only outlining the emerging trends that suggest more Prop 65 litigation for dietary supplements, but the strategies and approaches to better understand and manage the risks created by Prop 65," said Loren Israelsen, President, LDI Group. "The Prop 65 speakers clearly identified the current state of law, litigation, the type and nature of products and claims that have been the subject of Prop 65 litigation affecting dietary supplements."

"The timing for this seminar was right on," said Phil Harvey, Ph.D., Chief Science Officer and Director of Science and Quality Assurance for NNFA. "Focusing on pertinent legal and regulatory issues, the seminar served as a wake up call for all suppliers."

"I enjoyed this seminar very much and look forward to attending future seminars," said Roy Upton, Executive Director, American Herbal Pharmacopoeia. "Many workshops tend to repeat previous seminars, this seminar offered valuable information and new perspectives."

"NSF International did a fine job orchestrating the speakers to focus on the key issues currently facing the Dietary Supplement industry as many of the issues discussed have not been discussed in an open forum," said Dr. William D. Clark, Vice President, Product Development/Regulatory Affairs, Mannatech, Inc. "I commend NSF for taking the initiative and look forward to future seminars."

"We are very pleased with the outcome of this seminar," said Raymond G. Jaglowski, NSF Vice President, New Business. "Based on the success of this seminar, we will be offering future seminars on method validation and on GMP Regulations for companies exporting dietary supplement products into the U.S."

Seminar sponsors included American Herbal Pharmacopoeia, American Herbal Products Association, AOAC International, Consumer Healthcare Products Association, Council for Responsible Nutrition, Institute for Nutraceutical Advancement, National Nutritional Foods Association, ChromaDex, Griffin Consultants and Virgo Publishing.

Please visit www.nsf.org/cphe/index.html for information on future NSF Dietary Supplements seminars.

NSF International, a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization, is the leading global provider of public health and safety risk management solutions. NSF provides product certification and safety audits for the food and water industries. Other services include management systems registrations delivered through NSF International Strategic Registrations, Ltd., and education through the NSF Center for Public Health Education. NSF is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Food Safety and Drinking Water Safety and Treatment. Serving companies in 88 countries, NSF was founded in 1944 and is headquartered in Ann Arbor, MI USA.

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