201303.28
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Debate and Legislation Surrounding Energy Drinks Ensues

Energy drinks continue to make national and local headlines as manufacturers change marketing the products from dietary supplements to beverages and local governments pass new regulations. After 10 years of marketing their energy drinks as dietary supplements, Monster Beverage changed the marketing of its energy drinks from dietary supplements to beverages earlier this month.  In…

201301.18
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Update on the Energy Drink Controversy

Lawmakers investigating energy drinks have taken action since our December 12, 2012 post. Yesterday, Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., sent letters to 14 energy drink companies, including 5-hour Energy, Pepsi Co., Celsius, Arizona Energy, Clif Bar, Fuze Beverage, Jamba, Monster Beverage, Coca-Cola, Red Bull, Rockstar, Sambazon, Target, and the…

201212.19
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Dietary Supplements & the Sports Industry: Rick Collins Quoted in HERBALGRAM

Check out the November 2012-January 2013 issue of HERBALGRAM, The Journal of the American Botanical Council in which Rick Collins is quoted in the featured article about the use of dietary supplements in the sports industry. The article, titled Dietary Supplements and Botanicals in Sports: Evidence, Regulation, and Doping Controversies describes the relationship between professional…

201212.12
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Lawmakers Increasing Interest in DSHEA after Energy Drink Controversy

In mid-November, FDA released the adverse event reports (“AERs”) for national energy drink brands (5-Hour Energy, Monster Energy, Red Bull and Rockstar) showing an increase in serious adverse event reports and reported deaths that were potentially related to consuming the products.[1]  As a result of this report, lawmakers, specifically Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), and Richard…

201211.07
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Prop 37: Defeated by a Small Margin

With 98.5% of the precincts reporting as of this morning, Prop 37, the proposition on the ballot in California which would have required manufacturers of genetically engineered foods to label their product as containing GE ingredients, has been defeated.   53% of voters voted against Prop 37; 47% in favor of it. To date, it is…

201210.30
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NAD Updates: Recent Policy Updates and Decisions Affecting the Supplement Industry

The National Advertising Division (NAD) has been keeping busy following its annual conference earlier this month.  Here is a summary of its recent decisions and policy updates that will affect dietary supplement and sports nutrition product manufacturers*: In response to advertisers facing an increase in class action suits after NAD review, the Advertising Self-Regulatory Council…

201208.21
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CRN & NAD Team Up To Challenge Substantiation of Sports Nutrition Product

“Puffery” Rejected and Substantiation Demanded Earlier this month, the National Advertising Division (NAD), in conjunction with the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), recommended that a dietary supplement company discontinue its advertising claims for one of its products after seeing claims advertising it as an alternative to steroids.  CRN chose to challenge the claims made by…

201203.23
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Rick Collins Presents Five Time UFC Champion Randy Couture With Honorary Plaque from “Leap for Life”

Honors MMA Superstar for Couture’s Lifetime Achievement and Role in Charitable Endeavors Rick Collins recently presented MMA superstar and actor Randy Couture with a special award to commemorate Couture’s contributions to the sports/fitness arena and his philanthropic work.  Collins, the founder of the worldwide fundraiser “The Global Leap for Life” (www.leapforlife.org) — a unique skydiving…

201110.24
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Attorney Rick Collins Honored By Long Island Business News As One of Long Island’s ‘Fifty Around 50’

Collins Recognized for His Leadership as Attorney, Author and Fitness Authority, and for his Philanthropic Efforts in Creating Worldwide Skydiving Fundraiser Rick Collins, a partner at Collins, McDonald & Gann, P.C. (www.cmgesq.com) and a leader in the health/fitness community, has been named by the Long Island Business News as one of Long Island’s Fifty Around…

201109.14
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Attorneys of CMG to Speak about the NDI Draft Guidance at ISSN’s Europa University at the 2011 Olympia

This Saturday, September 17th, 2011, at the Las Vegas Convention Center Expo, Room S219, the attorneys of CMG will be speaking as part of the International Society of Sports Nutrition’s (ISSN) Europa University. From 2:00pm-3:00pm PST – Rick Collins, Esq., FISSN, joined by Alan Feldstein, Esq. and Michael DiMaggio, Esq. will be conducting a presentation…