News Release

CRN Announces Five Staff Promotions

Washington, D.C., February 22, 2018— The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), the leading trade association for the dietary supplement and functional food industry, today announced five staff promotions. According to Steve Mister, president & CEO, CRN, “These promotions recognize the professional growth of these individuals and acknowledge their increasingly valuable contributions to advancing CRN’s mission."

CRN’s 2018 staff promotions are:

Tammie Betway to Office Manager and Executive Assistant to the President

CRN Hires Assistant General Counsel

Washington, D.C., February 15, 2018—The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), the leading trade association for the dietary supplement and functional food industry, today announced Megan Olsen has joined the association as the assistant general counsel, reporting to CRN President & CEO Steve Mister.

Ms. Olsen most recently held the position of special counsel for Wiley Rein LLP in Washington, D.C. Prior to that position, she spent over two years as senior counsel at the Walgreen Company.

CRN Launches #SARMsCanHarm Consumer Education Initiative to Raise Awareness of the Dangers of SARMs

Washington, D.C., February 7, 2018—The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), the leading trade association for the dietary supplement and functional food industry, today announced the launch of a consumer education initiative designed to raise awareness of Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators (SARMs), a dangerous class of ingredients that poses a serious threat to consumer safety, particularly in the bodybuilding and fitness communities.

New Meta-Analysis Demonstrates Modest Benefits for Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplements and Heart Health in High Risk Populations

Washington, D.C., January 31, 2018In response to a new meta-analysis, “Associations of Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplement Use With Cardiovascular Disease Risks,” published today in JAMA Cardiology, the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), the leading trade association for the dietary supplement and functional food industry, issued the following statement:

Statement by Duffy MacKay, N.D., senior vice president, scientific & regulatory affairs, CRN:

CRN Welcomes Eight New Companies

Washington, D.C., January 29, 2018—The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), the leading trade association for the dietary supplement and functional food industry, today announced eight new companies have joined the association’s membership ranks. These companies include: Voting Members—AlgaTech (Algatechnologies) Ltd; Gemini Pharmaceuticals Inc.; Nutraceutical International Corporation; and Olly PBC; and Associate Members— Aptar Group, Inc.; Boston BioPharm, Inc.; Columbia West Capital; and Kaiviti Consulting.

The new member companies are:

CRN Shifts Dates for The Workshop and The Conference: Oct. 16–19—Premier Industry Events to Run Tuesday Through Friday

Washington, D.C., January 17, 2018—The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), the leading trade association for the dietary supplement and functional food industry, today announced that its annual events, The Workshop: CRN’s Day of Science and The Conference: CRN’s Annual Symposium for the Dietary Supplement Industry, will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 16 through Friday, Oct. 19 at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, in Dana Point, California.

Senator Orrin Hatch Recognized for His Commitment to Dietary Supplement Consumers

Washington, D.C., January 2, 2018— Today the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) extends its immense gratitude to Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) for his dedication to our country and his enduring support of both the dietary supplement industry and, most importantly, the more than 170 million U.S. dietary supplement consumers. Sen. Hatch, who is the longest serving senator in U.S. history, announced that he will not be running for re-election to the Senate in 2018.

New Study Reinforces Importance of Folic Acid Before and During Pregnancy

Washington, D.C., December 29, 2017—In response to a new study, “Association of Folic Acid Supplementation During Pregnancy With the Risk of Autistic Traits in Children Exposed to Antiepileptic Drugs In Utero1,” published on December 26 in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) Neurology, the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), the leading trade association for the dietary supplement and functional food industry, issued the following statement:

CRN Responds to New Meta-analysis in JAMA, Says Calcium, Vitamin D Important Nutrients for Older Adults

Washington, D.C., December 26, 2017—In response to a new meta-analysis, “Association Between Calcium or Vitamin D Supplementation and Fracture Incidence in Community-Dwelling Older Adults1,” published today in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association), the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), the leading trade association for the dietary supplement and functional food industry, issued the following statement:

Statement by Andrea Wong, Ph.D., vice president, scientific & regulatory affairs, CRN: 

Industry Coalition Reminds Consumers, Retailers, and Product Marketers that Dietary Supplements Cannot Claim to Treat Opioid Addiction

WASHINGTON, D.C., December 20, 2017—The dietary supplement industry is aware of growing concerns regarding significant negative health impacts associated with opioid addiction and abuse. The leading trade associations of the dietary supplement industry support the responsible marketing and use of health-promoting vitamins, minerals, herbs, sports nutrition, and other dietary supplements. We are unaware, however, of published scientific research that supports the use of any dietary supplement to treat opioid use disorder or to mitigate opioid withdrawal symptoms.