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  • 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…

  • ZMA Awarded Trademark Status in the EU

    July 24, 2012
    Sports nutrition ingredient ZMA was awarded a European community trademark for use in food supplements. Filed by SNAC System on August 10, 2010, the trademark applies to the ZMA logo and name when used in food supplement products. The anabolic suppor…

  • AHP Releases Monograph Standards and Therapeutic Compendium for Blue Cohosh Root and Rhizome

    July 24, 2012
    The American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (AHP) has released its quality control standards and therapeutic compendium for the botanical dietary supplement ingredients blue cohosh root and rhizome (Caulophyllum thalictroides (L.) Michx. and C. giganteum (Farw…

  • Upping the Food Authentication Ante

    Upping the Food Authentication Ante

    Joanna Cosgrove, Online Editor || July 23, 2012
    There’s greater transparency and traceability across the supply chain thanks to the growing number of consumers hungry for organic and sustainably supplied foods.

  • Aker BioMarine's MSC Score Increases

    July 17, 2012
    Following the Marine Stewardship Council's second audit of Norway-based Aker BioMarine Antarctic’s krill fishery, the overall score for principle 2 (Maintenance of Ecosystem) increased from 91 to 94.3. All existing MSC-related conditions we…

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

    July 16, 2012
    American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) President Michael McGuffin met with members of the staff of Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., in Washington, D.C., on July 13 to discuss the senator's recently expressed concerns about the dietary supplement…

  • CRN Submits Calcium/Vitamin D Comments, Urges Government to Maintain Message Consistency

    July 16, 2012
    In comments submitted in response to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) Draft Recommendations on calcium and vitamin D, the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) said inconsistent advice from different government agencies based on vir…

  • Tips to Maximize Your Digital Label Printing Experience

    Tips to Maximize Your Digital Label Printing Experience

    James Lowry and Mark Lusky, Lightning Labels || July 16, 2012
    Digital label printing can deliver affordability, versatility to nutraceutical companies. Following are some practical tips to help streamline label prep and printing.

  • Early-Stage Funding

    Early-Stage Funding

    Steven Allen, Nutrition Capital Network || July 15, 2012
    As we hit the middle of the year, several tracking services have begun to report on the performance of the venture capital (VC) industry. Few of us will be surprised to learn that the Internet sector accounts for nearly a third (27%) of all new finan…

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

    July 13, 2012
    Today 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

  • An Interview with Steve Siegel

    An Interview with Steve Siegel

    Sheldon Baker || July 13, 2012
    Steve Siegel is vice president at Ecuadorian Rainforest. He has contributed to company since its inception, primarily focusing on marketing and advertising. Mr. Siegel is the driving force behind the company’s evolution.

  • Is There an Infomercial In Your Future?

    Is There an Infomercial In Your Future?

    Irv Brechner, EVP, Corporate Communications, acquirgy || July 12, 2012
    How to market supplements using Direct Response TV.

  • Pfizer Discontinues Claims for Certain Centrum Products

    July 9, 2012
    Pfizer Consumer Healthcare, Morristown, NJ, will remove claims related to breast and colon health on advertising and labeling for certain Centrum brand multivitamin supplements

  • FDA To Revise NDI Guidance

    July 2, 2012
    After a year of industry comments and criticism, FDA has decided to rethink its approach to new dietary ingredients (NDIs).

  • CRN Submits AER, Recordkeeping Comments to FDA

    July 2, 2012
    The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), Washington, D.C., has submitted comments to the FDA regarding the agency’s estimated burden associated with adverse event reporting and recordkeeping for dietary supplements as required by the Dieta…

  • FTC’s Complaint Against POM Claims Upheld

    July 2, 2012
    In an Initial Decision announced in late May, Chief Administrative Law Judge D. Michael Chappell upheld an FTC complaint, and ruled that POM Wonderful, its sister corporation Roll Global LLC, and principals Stewart Resnick, Lynda Resnick and Matthew…

  • Industry Rallies to Defeat Durbin’s Dietary Supplement Amendment

    July 2, 2012
    The U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly against an amendment (SA 2127)—sponsored by Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL)—to the pending Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Safety and Innovation Act (S. 3187), by a vote of 77 to 20. The amendment, if…

  • Stauber Acquires Pharmline

    July 2, 2012
    Fullerton, CA-based Stauber Performance Ingredients, Inc., with New York, NY and Atlanta, GA-based equity sponsor, ICV Partners, has acquired Florida, NY-based Pharmline

  • Pharmachem Acquires Improve

    July 2, 2012
    Kearny, NJ-based Pharmachem Laboratories, Inc., has acquired Improve USA, a fully integrated aloe vera manufacturing company with headquarters in DeSoto, TX

  • Beverages: Size vs. Substance

    Rebecca Wright, Editor || July 1, 2012
    New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg fired up politicians, journalists, foodies, economists and consumers in June when he proposed a ban on large sodas (16 ounces of any drink that has more than 25 calories per eight fluid ounces). He drew both crit…

  • Healthcare Practitioner Corner: Tips for the Tipping Point

    Erik Goldman, Editor of Holistic Primary Care-News for Health & Healing || July 1, 2012
    We are headed toward interesting times in the medical community, with great opportunity for science-based nutraceuticals.

  • 2012 International Herb & Botanical Trends

    2012 International Herb & Botanical Trends

    Julie Dennis, Contributing Writer || July 1, 2012
    Despite numerous issues facing the market, herbs and botanicals are set to experience the fastest growth of any of the nutraceutical categories.

  • An Interview with Steven Shapiro

    An Interview with Steven Shapiro

    Sheldon Baker || July 1, 2012
    Steven Shapiro is a partner in the New York City-based law firm of Ullman, Shapiro & Ullman, LLP. Mr. Shapiro has over 24 years of experience in food and drug regulatory matters and counsels clients in the areas of food and drug law relating to the manufacture and marketing of foods, beverages, dietary supplements, drugs, and cosmetics. Mr. Shapiro also assists clients in matters relating to enforcement by the Food and Drug Administration, including the handling of FDA inspections and the Federal Trade Commission relating to advertising enforcement matters.

  • POM Wonderful: The Ripple Effect

    POM Wonderful: The Ripple Effect

    Joanna Cosgrove, Online Editor || June 28, 2012
    In part 2 of a 2-part series, legal experts discuss how the POM ruling could impact the future of the functional food and beverage segment.

  • POM Wonderful Regroups

    POM Wonderful Regroups

    Joanna Cosgrove, Online Editor || June 25, 2012
    Part one in a two part series, this article looks at how the juice company is moving forward to rebuild its brand image after finding itself on the wrong end of a FTC ruling.

  • FDA to Issue Revised NDI Guidance

    June 19, 2012
    The FDA has announced that it plans to promulgate a revised draft guidance on new dietary ingredients (NDIs) used in dietary supplements.   FDA issued draft NDI guidance on July 5, 2011, to fulfill a requirement established by the U.S. Congress…

  • Indena Granted ISO14001 Certification at French Production Site

    June 19, 2012
    Indena has been granted the ISO14001 certification for its French production site in Tours, France. The certification guarantees that the plant has an adequate management system to control the environmental impact and to continually improve the envir…

  • Larch Arabinogalactan Allowed in Supplements

    June 19, 2012
    Lonza, Basel, Switzerland, has announced that larch arabinogalactan is now allowed for use in dietary supplements according to an updated monograph from the Australian Government’s Department of Health and Ageing, and Therapeutic Goods Administ…

  • NEM Granted Licenses by Health Canada

    June 19, 2012
    ESM Technologies, Carthage, MO, a supplier of commercialized eggshell and eggshell membrane wellness ingredients, has announced that products containing their flagship ingredient, NEM (Natural Eggshell Membrane), have been approved and granted licens…

  • Naturex Receives Audit for OHSAS 18001 Certification in Avignon, France

    June 19, 2012
    Naturex has received has successfully completed an audit for OHSAS 18001 certification for their site in Avignon, France. This label aims at acknowledging the daily involvement of people in preventing risks in the company. It is a new milestone in th…

  • Ecuadorian Rainforest Publishes Report On Strategic Ingredient Supplier Qualification

    June 19, 2012
    Ecuadorian Rainforest, LLC, Belleville, NJ, has announced the release of a special report created to help manufacturers comply more efficiently with the Food And Drug Administration's Good Manufacturing Practices . The report offers manufacturers…

  • Get Ready for Facility Registration

    Get Ready for Facility Registration

    Duffy MacKay, N.D., Vice President, Scientific & Regulatory Affairs, CRN || June 18, 2012
    The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) had a long and winding road to passage, which is not surprising given the complexities, the politics and the importance. It took many years and plenty of compromise to finally get something that could pass bot…

  • Growth Opportunities in Sports Nutrition

    June 14, 2012 has announced the release of a new market research report covering the “Growth Opportunities in Sports Nutrition” details the opportunities, legislative pressures and product concepts driving the sport nutrition industry.…

  • CRN Responds to USPSTF’s Calcium Draft Report

    June 13, 2012
    The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has issued a draft report on vitamin D and calcium. In response, Taylor C. Wallace, Ph.D., senior director, scientific and regulatory affairs, of the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) issued a statement t…

  • NAD Asks Lunada to Discontinue Certain Amberen Menopause Claims

    June 6, 2012
    The National Advertising Division (NAD),  an investigative unit of the advertising industry’s system of self-regulation and administered by the Council of Better Business Bureaus, recommended Lunada Biomedical modify or discontinue a certa…

  • Educating Pharmacists on Supplements

    Educating Pharmacists on Supplements

    Joanna Cosgrove, Online Editor || June 4, 2012
    CRN and FMI partner to educate pharmacists who provide supplement information to consumers.

  • DMAA Causes More NDI Issues

    June 1, 2012
    FDA’s recent move on DMAA signals its precarious position on dietary ingredients.

  • Quality Focus: Analytical Testing: A Costly Endeavor?

    Quality Focus: Analytical Testing: A Costly Endeavor?

    Paula Brown || June 1, 2012
    Testing isn’t expensive if you consider the cost(s) of poorly testing or not testing at all.

  • Eurotrends: Product Labeling & Social Media

    Eurotrends: Product Labeling & Social Media

    Joerg Gruenwald, President of analyze & realize ag || June 1, 2012
    Exercise caution when combining product marketing with social media.