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BSCG Newsletter – March 2021

March 31, 2021
BSCG February 2021 Newsletter

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March Madness is back—and we couldn’t let the month go by without a BSCG newsletter. You’re welcome. We’re content that spring has sprung and the days are looking brighter.

America’s Cup Champions Use BSCG’s Athlete Assurance Program


On March 18, BSCG sent a big congratulations to Emirates Team New Zealand for winning this year’s America’s Cup. BSCG is proud to have tested the supplement products used by the team members through our Athlete Assurance Program.

This customized BSCG program tests products for athletes, teams, and leagues prior to use in competition, helping them to avoid using those that could lead to positive drug tests. Our screening of competitors’ products protects their athletic careers and their health, easing their concerns and allowing them to focus on their performance. The Athlete Assurance Program provides the same gold-standard testing that we offer for supplement products, ingredients, and manufacturing facilities through our BSCG Certified Drug Free certification program. Please contact us for more information.

New Research Finds Multiple Dietary Supplement Use Corresponds to Better Long-Term Health


A new study has found that the use of multiple dietary supplements is associated with better long-term health —though this association has not been proven causal. The research, conducted by experts at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University in Boston, was published in March in the International Journal for Vitamin and Nutrition Research.

“Our findings suggest that dietary supplement use, particularly use of MDS (multiple dietary supplements) may provide cardiometabolic benefit, consistent with the earlier observations that in the LTMDS (long-term multiple dietary supplements) cohort,” the authors write. “Our findings also support evidence from earlier observational studies on dietary supplement use and cardiometabolic risk, although it is beyond the scope of this paper to compare our present findings against all of the evidence for and against a role of dietary supplement use in cardiometabolic risk.”

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration Targets More Supplement Companies


Last month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued yet more warning letters to some companies selling dietary supplements. This time the agency is targeting ten companies for “illegally selling dietary supplements that claim to cure, treat, mitigate, or prevent depression and other mental health disorders.” Making inappropriate claims can have a huge impact on your business, one reason BSCG reviews them as part of the certification process.

In its press release, the FDA states, “Under the FD&C Act, products intended to cure, treat, mitigate, or prevent disease are drugs and are subject to the requirements that apply to drugs, even if they are labeled as dietary supplements.”

BSCG Updating Its Marketing Guidelines for Clients

Coming soon… Look for new, updated BSCG marketing guidelines for use of our certification seals and related language in your marketing efforts. We want you to proudly, and properly, represent your certification to help build the credibility and profile of your products, ingredients, or facilities

If you have a question about the use of our certification seals or related issues we are always here to help. Please contact us directly with any questions, and keep your eyes out for our new guidelines.

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