For the tenth consecutive year, the lawyers of CMG traveled to Columbus, Ohio to attend the Arnold Fitness Expo, arguably the biggest annual trade show for the Sports Nutrition industry. The Expo gives us an opportunity to meet with clients, many of whom are located across the country, as well as other industry folks, and to discuss product trends, new ingredients, and matters of interest to the industry. We also show our support for the event and the sport of bodybuilding as a whole by sponsoring the Arnold Amateur Bodybuilding, Fitness, Figure, Bikini and Arm Wrestling competitions.
This year, the buzz centered around the GMPs, FDA inspections, and the controversial methylhexaneamine or 1,3-dimethylamylamine, a popular ingredient featured in a growing number of “fat loss” products marketed in the sports nutrition category. The discussion primarily focused on the legality of the substance as a dietary ingredient and recognition by many that the issue has likely garnered the attention of FDA.
Another hot topic was the NDI guidance document expected to be issued by FDA in June of this year. Whether or not the guidance document will be released on time, one thing is certain; when it is finally issued, it will have a profound effect on the marketing of New Dietary Ingredients in the sports nutrition market. Following our return, we are busier than ever, but we will continue to strive to update our blog as these matters unfold.