FDA Warns Bakery to Fix cGMP Violations and Remove the “Love”

On September 22, 2017, following an inspection of the company’s manufacturing facility, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning letter to Nashoba Brook Bakery regarding significant current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) violations.  cGMPs describe the methods, equipment, facilities, and controls for producing food.  cGMPs prescribe the minimum sanitary and processing requirements for … Continue Reading

Supplement Stimulant Spotlight

FDA warns companies marketing dietary supplements that contain methylsynephrine. As previously covered on this blog, FDA has the authority to take enforcement action against unlawfully marketed and/or dangerous dietary ingredients in dietary supplements.  In the last year, FDA has taken action against beta-methylphenethylamine (BMPEA), 1,3-Dimethylbutylamine (DMBA), and kratom, to name a few prominent examples. FDA recently sent Warning … Continue Reading

Cannabidiol: (Clinical) Trials and Tribulations

FDA issues Warning Letters to eight companies marketing cannabidiol products. As previously covered on this blog, FDA released a 2015 Q&A document stating its views that cannabidiol (CBD) products are excluded from the dietary supplement definition due to the existence of known substantial clinical investigations on this substance.  This is the so-called “drug exclusion” from … Continue Reading

Cough Up the Caffeine

FDA issues Warning Letters to five distributors of powdered caffeine alleging safety risks inherent to product use. FDA regulates the marketing of dietary supplements.  Under Section 402(f)(1)(A)(i) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act), a supplement is adulterated when it “presents a significant or unreasonable risk of illness or injury under…conditions of use recommended … Continue Reading

FDA Burns Tobacco

FDA issues Warning Letters to three tobacco manufacturers regarding “additive-free” and “natural” claims. FDA has the authority to regulate various tobacco products (cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, roll-your-own tobacco, and smokeless tobacco) under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act), as amended by the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act of 2009 (Tobacco Control … Continue Reading


FDA cites “Just Mayo” products for non-compliance with the standard of identity for mayonnaise, among other issues. Startup company Hampton Creek previously has faced criticism and legal challenges related to its decision to market an eggless mayonnaise substitute under the name, “Just Mayo.”  Critics have argued that the labeling and marketing are likely to result … Continue Reading