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  • The 100th Anniversary Of The Vitamins Honored on Capitol Hill

    October 2, 2012
    Comments honoring the 100th anniversary of the vitamin were entered into the U.S. House of Representative’s Congressional Record, by Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ). In 1912, Polish-American scientist Casimir Funk, considered the “father of vit…

  • Marlyn Nutraceuticals Receives GMP for Sport Registration

    October 1, 2012
    Marlyn Nutraceuticals, Inc., Phoenix, AZ, has successfully completed the requirements of NSF International’s GMP for Sport registration program. NSF’s GMP for Sport registration verifies that Marlyn's facility complies with FDA curren…

  • How Clean Is Your Label?

    How Clean Is Your Label?

    Mareya Ibrahim, CEO, GrowGreen Industries, Inc. & Devin Stagg, Director Corporate Strategy, P.L. Thomas Company || October 1, 2012
    Getting your preservative system right will help you win retailers and consumers.

  • From the Corners of the World: Taiwan: The ‘Beautiful Island’

    From the Corners of the World: Taiwan: The ‘Beautiful Island’

    Paul Altaffer & Grant Washington-Smith || October 1, 2012
    Holding a strong position in Asia, now’s the time to start investing in this market, especially as consumers show more interest in nutraceuticals.

  • CRN Provides Industry With Tool For Advertising Claims

    September 28, 2012
    The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), Washington, D.C., has developed a free, searchable compilation of all dietary supplement advertising decisions issued by the National Advertising Division (NAD) since 2007 when the Dietary Supplement Adver…

  • Triarco Industries Receives Health Canada Exemption Number for Aminogen

    September 25, 2012
    Triarco Industries, Wayne NJ, has received an exemption number from Health Canada, allowing the patented enzyme matrix, Aminogen, to be legally sold in Canada. Exemption numbers are issued to products that have undergone an initial assessment and hav…

  • Unigen Manufacturing Facility Completes Successful FDA Inspection

    September 20, 2012
    Unigen, Inc., Seattle, WA, has announced the successful inspection by the U.S. FDA of Unigen’s food grade ingredient manufacturing facility in Byeongcheon, South Korea. The two-day audit took place in April 2012 and FDA found the site to be in…

  • The Perils of Proposition 37

    Steven Allen, Nutrition Capital Network || September 15, 2012
    The State of California is famous for unusual ballot initiatives. This November voters will be asked to pronounce on a measure requiring food companies to label any product sold in the state with the words “Partially Produced with Genetic Engin…

  • We Must Avoid Becoming Defined by Outliers

    We Must Avoid Becoming Defined by Outliers

    Duffy MacKay, ND, Vice President, Scientific and Regulatory Affairs, Council for Responsible Nutrition || September 15, 2012
    It is clearly time for the responsible industry to get its house in order. If the existence of tainted dietary supplements does not end, those responsible for protecting public health are going to be compelled to do something drastic. The recently pa…

  • Nutrition Policy, Nutrition Information, Nutrition Data

    Michael McBurney, PhD, Head of Scientific Affairs at DSM Nutritional Products LLC || September 15, 2012
    What is the link between these three terms? Governments establish policies, which hopefully create opportunities to promote nutrition, physical activity and health. In the U.S., the Dietary Guidelines for Americans are the cornerstone of federal nutr…

  • Certified Nutraceuticals Files Patent Application for Revers♥e-vine

    September 14, 2012
    Certified Nutraceuticals, Inc., Murrieta, CA, has announced the filing of the patent application for Revers♥e-vine, method of making and use thereof.  Revers♥e-vine is the newest Nutraceuticals ingredient offering health and anti-a…

  • KSM-66 Ashwagandha Achieves Self-Affirmed GRAS Status

    September 13, 2012
    KSM-66 Ashwagandha from Ixoreal Biomed, Hyderabad, India, is now self-affirmed GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) based on a critical evaluation and acceptance of an independent expert panel. KSM-66 can now be utilized as a food ingredient for cerea…

  • BIO-tract technology from Nutraceutix Awarded Patents in Japan and Canada

    September 12, 2012
    The Japanese Patent Office has issued Nutraceutix, Redmond, WA, patent number 5041651 for its BIO-tract delivery technology. The Canadian Patent Office has also allowed the company patent application number 2461708, which it expects to formally issue…

  • InnoVactiv Obtains Health Canada’s Approval For Insea2

    September 11, 2012
    InnoVactiv, Rimouski, Quebec, has  announced that its ingredient InSea2 has been granted two health claims by the Natural Health Product Directorate of Health Canada. The approved claims for InSea2 include, “Helps support healthy bloo…

  • Aker BioMarine Krill Oil Patent Composition Claims Confirmed During Re-Examination

    September 5, 2012
    Aker BioMarine, Oslo, Norway, has announced that during re-examination proceedings requested by Neptune Technologies & Bioressources, Inc. Quebec, Canada, IP Australia has confirmed the novelty and inventiveness of the broad krill oil composition…

  • Ingredients by Nature Receives GMP Registration

    September 5, 2012
    Ingredients by Nature, a manufacturer of citrus bioflavonoids and toll services, has received GMP Registration from NSF International, after successfully completing a rigorous Good Manufacturing Practices audit at its facilities in Montclair, CA. &qu…

  • NPA Files Supplemental Comments for NDI Draft Guidance

    September 4, 2012
    The Natural Products Association has submitted supplemental comments in response to the Food and Drug Administration’s New Dietary Ingredients Draft Guidance. NPA Executive Director and CEO John Shaw and Senior Vice President of Scientific and…

  • Navigating the ‘Natural’ Landscape

    Eric S.C. Lindstrom, Counsel Keller And Heckman, LLP || September 1, 2012
    With no consensus on the definition of ‘natural,’ companies are left to use this claim at their own risk.

  • The Brain Benefits Of Omega 3s Questioned

    September 1, 2012
    The Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3s (GOED), Salt Lake City, UT, wasted no time in reacting to the mid-June publication of negative omega 3 findings in Cochrane Database Systematic Review. The researchers had concluded, “Direct…

  • Eurotrends: Sports Nutrition ‘Slaughterfest’

    Joerg Gruenwald || September 1, 2012
    On July 19th, nutraingredients.com reported an impending “slaughterfest” of sports nutrition products due to the investigation of 431 performance-enhancing products by British Medical Journal (BMJ). According to the article, the product…

  • Capitol Comments: DSHEA: Is It Time To Move On?

    Capitol Comments: DSHEA: Is It Time To Move On?

    Todd Harrison || September 1, 2012
    It is the end of summer in Washington, D.C., just prior to the fall presidential campaign. No serious work will be done in this town before the election in November. We can argue about whether this is a good or bad thing for the country, but it is…

  • Business Insights: The Emerging Market for Medical Foods

    Business Insights: The Emerging Market for Medical Foods

    Gregory Stephens, RD, President of Windrose Partners, || September 1, 2012
    Over the past few months there has been quite a bit of activity in the medical foods market. Indeed, industry reports are reflecting consistent and sustainable growth in this multibillion-dollar health and wellness segment. Major pharmaceutical com…

  • The Weight Loss Market: A SuperSIZED Opportunity

    The Weight Loss Market: A SuperSIZED Opportunity

    Lisa Schofield, Contributing Writer || September 1, 2012
    Products positioned to meet several weight loss criteria will be successful.

  • FDA Issues Safety Alert on Reumofan Plus and Reumofan Plus Premium

    August 23, 2012
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a new warning to about the potential health risks of two products marketed as natural dietary supplements for treating arthritis, muscle pain, osteoporosis, bone cancer, and other conditions. The…

  • PureCircle Receives Notice of Allowance for Stevia Products

    August 23, 2012
    PureCircle, Chicago, IL, producer and marketer of high purity stevia products has announced it has received a Notice of Allowance from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for a patent application pertaining to PureCircle’s line of natural flav…

  • Amol Biotech Limited Earns GMP Certification

    August 23, 2012
    Nutraceutical ingredients manufacturer Amol Biotech Limited, a US Pharma Lab Group company (North Brunswick, NJ), has earned Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) status as set forth in NSF/ANSI Standard 173, Section 8 at their facility located in Shang…

  • AIDP Inc. Awarded Patents for Magnesium Compositions & Cognitive Function Usage

    August 17, 2012
    AIDP, Inc., City of Industry, CA, the distributors of Magtein magnesium L-threonate, has been awarded two patents for magnesium compositions and uses for cognitive function (Patent 8,178,118) and neurological disorders (Patent No. 8,142,803). The…

  • Krill Fishery Evaluated: No Effect on Predators Shown

    August 17, 2012
    Norwegian company Aker BioMarine Antarctic has announced that recently released evidence shows low spacial and time overlap between Aker BioMarine’s fishing operation and penguins foraging.  This comes from a report released by the Centr…

  • New Patent Developments at Sabinsa

    August 17, 2012
    The U.S. Patent Office has awarded Sabinsa Corporation, East Windsor, NJ, U.S. patent No. 8193156 for the preparatory route for dipeptides incorporating selenoamino acids. The patent is specific to the preparatory route for L-Selenomethionine pepti…

  • GOED Meets with FDA, IOM

    August 17, 2012
      In August, The Global Organization of EPA & DHA Omega 3s (GOED), Salt Lake City, UT, met with representatives from both FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) and the Institute of Medicine (IOM). The purpose o…

  • Anabolic Steroids Control Act Introduced

    August 17, 2012
    In an effort to amend the Controlled Substances Act to more effectively regulate anabolic steroids, Sens. Orrin Hatch, (R-UT), and Sheldon Whitehouse, (D-RI) have introduced the “Designer Anabolic Steroid Control Act of 2012,” (SB 3431)…

  • NPA Responds to Scathing Commentary from the Archives of Internal Medicine

    August 17, 2012
    In July, the Natural Products Association (NPA) released a statement from senior vice president of scientific and regulatory affairs, Cara Welch, PhD, in reference to a commentary in the Archives of Internal Medicine on July 9 about the regulation…

  • AHPA Talks cGMP Compliance with Sen. Durbin’s Staff

    August 17, 2012
    American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) president Michael McGuffin met with members of the staff of Sen. Richard Durbin, D-IL., in Washington, D.C., on July 13 to discuss the senator’s recently expressed concerns about the dietary supplem…

  • In a Numbers Game, More Transparency is Needed

    In a Numbers Game, More Transparency is Needed

    Duffy MacKay, ND, Vice President, Scientific & Regulatory Affairs, CRN || August 15, 2012
    I recently attended a seminar where senior FDA officials were lamenting the dietary supplement industry’s poor compliance with Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs). I listened carefully as agency officials offered what they described as serious…

  • Do Product Claims Really Impact the Bottom Line?

    Do Product Claims Really Impact the Bottom Line?

    Steven Allen, Nutrition Capital Network || August 15, 2012
    I attended the NBJ Summit in Dana Point in July and once again the event was a big hit with a large group from across the supplement industry. Many congratulations to Jerry Holly and Jeff Bland for their lifetime achievement awards. One of the highli…

  • A Conversation with USP’s Dr. Markus Lipp

    A Conversation with USP’s Dr. Markus Lipp

    Joanna Cosgrove, Online Editor || August 9, 2012
    As the U.S. Pharmacopeia prepares for its annual Science & Standards Symposium, its Food Standards Director talks about this year’s central focus: functional foods and dietary supplements.

  • Nature Valley Products Sued for Containing Artificial Ingredients

    August 2, 2012
    According to a press release from the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), Nature Valley markets its granola bars and "thins" as "natural," however they contain industrially-produced artificial ingredients such as hig…

  • Amarin Announces FDA Approval of Vascepa for the Reduction of Triglyceride Levels

    August 2, 2012
    Amarin Corporation plc, Bedminster, NJ and Dublin, Ireland, has announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Vascepa (icosapent ethyl) capsules, as an adjunct to diet to reduce triglyceride (TG) levels in adult patients wit…

  • Alix Technologies Receives IASC Certification

    August 2, 2012
    The Salt Lake City, UT, facility of Alix Technologies, a division of Pharmachem Laboratories, Inc., has been certified by the International Aloe Science Council (IASC) and approved to manufacture certified products meeting IASC’s standard. Acco…

  • NSF Develops Global Protocol to OTC Compliance with GMPs

    August 1, 2012
    NSF International has developed a new global protocol to assess whether an over-the-counter (OTC) pharmaceutical or prescription drug manufacturer complies with current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs) as outlined in the Code of Federal Regulatio…

  • Sabinsa Granted U.S. Patent For Selenium Dipeptides

    July 31, 2012
    The U.S. Patent Office has awarded Sabinsa Corporation, East Windsor, NJ, patent US 8193156 for the preparatory route for dipeptides incorporating selenoamino acids. The patent is specific to the preparatory route for L-Selenomethionine pep…

  • Whole Foods Will Enforce Higher Liability Insurance Requirements

    July 26, 2012
    Whole Foods Market Inc. (WFM), Austin, TX, has recently begun enforcing higher liability insurance requirements, and has categorized dietary supplement companies in its highest of four risk categories, increasing the liability insurance requirements…

  • Product Liability Insurers To Exclude DMAA From Coverage

    July 26, 2012
    Greg Doherty, practice leader of the dietary supplement insurance division of Poms & Associates Insurance Brokers, Inc., Los Angeles, CA, has announced that two of the companies offering product liability coverage to the dietary supplement indust…

  • Wacker Receives Novel Ingredient Approval for Gamma-Cyclodextrin in EU

    July 26, 2012
    Munich-based chemicals group Wacker has received approval from the European Commission for the use of gamma-cyclodextrin as a novel food ingredient for foodstuffs and beverages in the European Union (EU). Cyclodextrins are bioengineered from plant-ba…

  • Anabolic Steroids Control Act Introduced

    July 25, 2012
    In an effort to amend the Controlled Substances Act to more effectively regulate anabolic steroids, Sens. Orrin Hatch, (R-UT), and Sheldon Whitehouse, (D-R.I.) have introduced the "Designer Anabolic Steroid Control Act of 2012," (SB 3431) w…

  • Sabinsa's SelenoForce Awarded New Zealand Patent

    July 25, 2012
    The New Zealand Patent Office has awarded Sabinsa Corporation a patent (568233) for the company’s SelenoForce, a selenium-enriched garlic product manufactured by a soil-less culture process. The patent, entitled Compositions Containing Allium S…

  • Sabinsa Awarded Patent for Water-Soluble Diterpenes

    July 25, 2012
    The Japan Patent Office has awarded Sabinsa Corporation, East Windsor, NJ, a patent for the company’s water-soluble form of naturally available diterpenes derived from Coleus forskolii. The patent covers both the method for solubilizing diterpe…

  • Cocoa Flavanols Support Normal Blood Flow

    July 25, 2012
    Barry Callebaut, Zurich/Switzerland, Wieze/Belgium, manufacturer of cocoa and chocolate products, has announced that the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has issued a positive opinion on the company's health claim dossier submitted last year…

  • Relora and Seditol Earn Kosher Certification

    July 25, 2012
    Next Pharmaceuticals, Salinas, CA, has earned KOF-K Certification for two of their all-natural branded ingredients.The ingredients, Relora, and Seditol, are covered under certification number 2V04W-QQWYC.Next Pharmaceuticals’ product, Relora, m…

  • Krill Fishery Evaluated: No Effect on Predators Shown

    July 25, 2012
    Norwegian company Aker BioMarine Antarctic has announced that recently released evidence shows low spacial and time overlap between Aker BioMarine's fishing operation and penguins foraging.  This comes from a report released by the Centre fo…