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Quality Standards


Quality Standards Disclosed
at Nutritional Symposium and Exposition;
First Meeting of the Year Will Preview the Future of
Supplements Regulation  and Emerging Test Methods
LOS ANGELES--- While interest in nutritional supplements usage has grown among American consumers, it has at the same time been the cause of much confusion. In the past few years, various studies have shown that particular supplements can be useful for certain diseases, health maintenance, and weight management. However, results from other studies have challenged these findings.
The current state of confusion in the $50 billion [nutritional supplement] industry has prompted regulators and standard-setting authorities to take action. AOAC International, FDA, and the National Institute of Health (NIH) recently signed an agreement to develop standards for testing herbal supplements; and Rep. Susan Davis recently introduced a bill that would greatly enhance the role of FDA in regulating all supplements.
Topics such as pending regulations, quality standards, and others affecting the nutritional supplements industry will be discussed at the Nutritionals 2002 Symposium and Exposition, taking place February 5-7, 2002 at the Anaheim Convention Center. The show will provide an informational forum for leading industry professionals to explore some of the latest issues including the results of NIH research on supplements, and the FDA's plans for 2002.
The symposium is sponsored by the National Nutritional Foods Association (NNFA), the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), the Consumer Healthcare Product Association (CHPA), the American Botanicals Counsel (ABC), and the Dietary Supplement Education Alliance (DSEA). It will assist nutraceutical developers, marketers, and manufacturers keep abreast of the latest developments in the industry, and serve as a venue for learning to operate and succeed in the industry. Symposium sessions will examine various issues including consumer trends, and supplements perception and use.
Complementing the symposium, the exposition will feature hundreds of exhibitors and their wide range of products ranging from the formulation stages, through manufacturing and packaging, to the finished product. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with leading suppliers of raw materials and ingredients, process and manufacturing equipment, packaging materials, testing and inspection equipment, and more.
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