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Industry signposts: hints of things to come

Nada on nano
A European Food Safety Authority scientific committee concluded in March that a lack of validated test methodologies on nano products made it necessary to proceed on a case-by-case approach, noting that more work was needed to address the many current uncertainties and data limitations.

Hope on the Hill
David Seckman, executive director and CEO of the Natural Products Association, reported that March's recent Natural Products Day of lobbying Congress was the most successful ever in terms of industry participation (200) and meeting with congressional offices (185).

Jittery statistics
A recent report by the research group NDL found that of 53 weight-loss and sports-nutrition supplements, 27 products contained — by way of a daily serving defined on the label — the caffeine equivalent of about 1-2 cups of coffee, 11 products had caffeine equivalents ranging from 2-4 cups of coffee, another 11 had equivalents ranging from 4-6 cups of coffee, and four products provided an amount of caffeine ranging from 7-8 cups of coffee.

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