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FDA letters track liquid supplement guidance

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

Executive Summary

Courtesy letters FDA's Division of Dietary Supplement Programs sent in 2010 appear to follow the agency's 2009 draft guidance on distinguishing liquid supplements from conventional foods (1"The Tan Sheet" Aug. 16, 2010). An April 22 2letter to Tahitian Noni International, posted on FDA's docket Aug. 24, says the Provo, Utah, firm's Tahitian Noni Original Bioactive Beverage products cannot make structure/function claims as long as they are promoted as beverages. A February 3letter to Next Generation Beverages of Hoboken, N.J., and a January 4letter to Nada Beverage Co. of Powder Springs, Ga., similarly preclude the firms' beverage products from making supplement claims. The letters are in response to the companies' notifications of supplement claims

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