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  • NutriCosmetics  & Cosmeceuticals

    NutriCosmetics & Cosmeceuticals

    Beverly Emerson, President Olive Tree Product Development || June 1, 2012
    Although still in their infancy, these segments are the shining stars of the personal care market.

  • Formulating Functional Foods: The Consumer View

    Formulating Functional Foods: The Consumer View

    David Sprinkle, Publisher & Research Director, Packaged Facts || June 1, 2012
    There is a lot that goes into what consumers want from their health and wellness foods.

  • Prostate Supplements Reviewed

    May 31, 2012
    ConsumerLab.com, White Plains, NY, conducted an extensive review of prostate supplements containing saw palmetto and/or beta-sitosterol, concluding that few are likely to reduce the symptoms of prostate enlargement in men. While investigating the e…

  • SIDI Group Releases New Guidelines

    May 31, 2012
    The SIDI Work Group, the dietary supplement industry’s self-regulatory coalition, has released its new draft voluntary guideline, the Dietary Supplement Component Supplier Qualification Guideline, and is seeking feedback from the industry and…

  • EHPM Voices Concern About Rejected Article 13.1 Claims

    May 31, 2012
    The European Federation of Associations of Health Product Manufacturers (EHPM) said the list of rejected Article 13.1 claims published in mass alongside the permitted list in the Union Register of the European Commission is premature in light of th…

  • Industry Rallies to Help Defeat Durbin's Dietary Supplement Amendment

    May 25, 2012
    The U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly against an amendment (SA 2127) sponsored by Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., to the pending Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Safety and Innovation Act (S. 3187), by a vote of 77 to 20. The amendment, if passed, woul…

  • Industry Urged to Take Action Against Proposed DSHEA Amendment

    May 23, 2012
    As the Senate works to wrap up its consideration of S. 3187, the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act, which extends the drug and device user fees for five years and authorizes new fees for generic drugs and generic versions of biot…

  • FTC's Complaint Against POM Claims Upheld

    May 23, 2012
    In an Initial Decision announced today, Chief Administrative Law Judge D. Michael Chappell upheld a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) complaint, andruled that POM Wonderful LLC, its sister corporation Roll Global LLC, and principals Stewart Resnick, Lyn…

  • CRN Submits AER, Recordkeeping Comments to FDA

    May 22, 2012
    The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) 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 Dietary Supplement and No…

  • NAD Calls for Dreambrands to Discontinue for Add Lib Claims

    May 21, 2012
    The National Advertising Division has recommended Dreambrands, Inc., modify or discontinue a wide range of advertising claims for “Add Lib,” a dietary supplement promoted to women for improved mood, energy and sexual desire.  NAD is…

  • An Interview with Heather Van Blarcom

    An Interview with Heather Van Blarcom

    Sheldon Baker || May 18, 2012
    Heather Van Blarcom recently joined dicentra and is a licensed attorney with more than 10 years of experience in the natural products industry. As a former general counsel, Van Blarcom brings a pragmatic and well-rounded expertise to issues impacting her clients. She has extensive experience in proactively helping companies achieve compliance with both FDA and FTC regulations including labeling and advertising review, claims review and substantiation, and GMP procedures and audits.

  • EHPM Concerned About List of Rejected Art 13.1 Claims

    May 17, 2012
    The European Federation of Associations of Health Product Manufacturers (EHPM) said the list of rejected Article 13.1 claims published today alongside the permitted list in the Union Register of the European Commission is premature in light of the co…

  • Qualifying Your Supplier: Industry’s Latest Tool

    Rend Al-Mondhiry , Regulatory Counsel, CRN || May 15, 2012
    In April, the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), working in conjunction with the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) and the United Natural Products Alliance (UNPA) as the SIDI Work Group, released its new draft voluntary guideline,…

  • Parry Organic Spirulina Receives USP Verification

    May 7, 2012
    Valensa International, Eustis, FL, has announced that its Parry Organic Spirulina ingredient has been certified under the United States Pharmacopoeia Dietary Ingredient Verification Program, and that Parry Nutraceuticals has earned the authorization…

  • 2012 USP Dietary Supplements Compendium

    May 4, 2012
    The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) has published the 2012 USP Dietary Supplements Compendium(DSC), a new resource available to help manufacturers, suppliers, laboratories and regulatory agencies ensure the quality of ingredients and products. &n…

  • Aker BioMarine Awarded Krill Patent in Australia

    May 4, 2012
    Aker BioMarine, Oslo, Norway, has been accordedan unopposed grant of Australian Patent No. 2008231570 containing claims covering, among other things, a krill oil composition containing (i) astaxanthin in the range from about 400 to about 2,500 mg/kg…

  • The Research Process: The GRAS Process

    The Research Process: The GRAS Process

    Douglas Kalman, PhD, MS, RD, CCRC, FACN || May 1, 2012
    This underutilized avenue might be a reasonable solution in bringing your ingredient to market.

  • Healthcare Practitioner Corner: Little Love for Healthcare Reform

    Healthcare Practitioner Corner: Little Love for Healthcare Reform

    Erik Goldman, Editor of Holistic Primary Care-News for Health & Healing || May 1, 2012
    Holistic practitioners are less than excited about the Affordable Care Act, and many believe it will never see the light of day.

  • An Interview with Jingshi Joe Zhou

    An Interview with Jingshi Joe Zhou

    Sheldon Baker || May 1, 2012
    Jingshi Joe Zhou is the CEO and co-founder of TSI Group Ltd. in Shanghai, China, established in 1996.TSI Group is a Hong Kong registered global researcher, developer and manufacturer of ingredients and finished products with offices in the US, EU, Australia, Japan, and China.The North American division is based in Missoula, MT. Prior to co-founding TSI, Joe was a senior research scientist at both Amway and Avon. He has an educational background in both China and the United States, and has received advanced degrees in chemical engineering, chemistry, and industrial pharmacy.

  • FDA Warns DMAA Marketers; AHPA Disagrees with FDA’s Synthetics Position

    April 30, 2012
    The FDA has issued warning lettersto 10 marketers of 1,3-dimethylamylamine (DMAA)-containing dietary supplements. FDA states that these products are adulterated due to allegations that the companies have not complied with certain provisions of the Di…

  • Few Prostate Supplements Found to be Effective

    April 26, 2012
    ConsumerLab.com has conducted an extensive review of prostate supplements containing saw palmetto and/or beta-sitosterol and has determined that few were likely to reduce the symptoms of prostate enlargement in men.  While investigating the evi…

  • Serranol Supplement Referred to FTC for Further Review

    April 25, 2012
    The National Advertising Division (NAD) of the Council of Better Business Bureaus has referred advertising for Serranol, a dietary supplement marketed by Good Health Naturally, Escondido, CA, to FTC for further review, after the company declined to…

  • Nutrient Profiles Back on the EU Agenda

    April 25, 2012
    The European Commission’s work to create a nutrient profiling system to restrict claims on certain foods will once again come up for discussion in 2013 when the Commission presents its second proposal on the issue, according to food policy ex…

  • CRN Calls on FDA to Respect the Spirit of DSHEA

    April 25, 2012
    FDA must reconsider imposing the pre-market approval paradigm of food additives to dietary supplements as proposed in its New Dietary Ingredient (NDI) Draft Guidance, according to a commentary by the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), Washing…

  • USP Creates Database of Foods Most Prone to Adulteration

    April 25, 2012
    In new research published in the April Journal of Food Science, analyses of the first known public database compiling reports on food fraud and economically motivated adulteration in food highlights the most fraud-prone ingredients in the food supp…

  • Are You Prepared…for Everything?

    Duffy MacKay, N.D., Vice President, Scientific & Regulatory Affairs, CRN || April 15, 2012
    In late February, FDA released a draft guidance titled “Postmarketing Adverse Event Reporting for Medical Products and Dietary Supplements During an Influenza Pandemic,”which has yet to receive much attention. It is a revision of the draf…

  • CSPI Threatens Amway with Lawsuit

    CSPI Threatens Amway with Lawsuit

    Joanna Cosgrove, Online Editor || April 5, 2012
    Consumer watchdog group decries 'deceptive' label claims, demands changes.

  • Dateline NBC Segment Highlights ‘Dry Labbing’

    April 2, 2012
    Trade associations support efforts to crack down on bad actors without impacting responsible companies.

  • The Devil Is In the Details

    April 1, 2012
    In mid-March, Dateline NBC aired a segment on “dry labbing,” which focused on testing in the dietary supplement industry. Dry labbing is the practice of supplying fictional results in lieu of performing appropriate analytical tests. &nbs…

  • Eurotrends: Between Food & Pharma

    Eurotrends: Between Food & Pharma

    April 1, 2012
    New product development in an age of strict regulation relies heavily on consumer awareness.

  • Dietary Supplements: Onward...and Upward?

    Dietary Supplements: Onward...and Upward?

    Lisa Schofield, Contributing Writer || April 1, 2012
    In order to maintain a strong sales performance, the industry must adapt to consumer demands while grappling with increasingly strict government oversight.

  • Omega 3s: Substantial Past, Impressive Future

    Omega 3s: Substantial Past, Impressive Future

    Ellen Schutt, Communications Director, Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3s (GOED) || April 1, 2012
    A robust industry looks to support new health claims through science while confronting sustainability and communication challenges.

  • Industry Reacts to Dateline NBC Segment on ‘Dry Labbing’

    March 19, 2012
    A recent Dateline NBC segment concerning dietary supplements focused on the practice of fraudulent analytical testing practices known as "dry labbing," in which lab results pertaining to the potency and identity of ingredients as labeled are suspected of having been deliberately manipulated or fabricated.

  • New York Times Spotlights Krill Sustainability

    March 14, 2012
    The New York Times published an article on Tuesday, March 13, 2012, quoting Matts Johnasen, executive vice president of sales and marketing for Aker BioMarine Antarctic AS on the subject of krill sustainability.

  • Associations Call for Scientific Criteria Reassessment for Health Claims

    March 12, 2012
    In joint comments submitted at the end of January on the final three batch opinions from the European Food safety Authority (EFSA) and the risk management decisions taken on the basis of those opinions, the EHPM, EBF and ERNA all believe that a distinction between “maintenance” and “improvement” in the scientific assessment procedure is essential to avoid unnecessary rejections of health claims.

  • An Interview with Nancy Booth

    An Interview with Nancy Booth

    Sheldon Baker || March 9, 2012
    Nancy Booth, PhD, is a senior science consultant at Spherix Health Sciences Consulting, providing scientific and regulatory support to clients for the purpose of assuring the safety and benefit of their products, and achieving successful outcomes in regulatory approvals and compliance.

  • Global Herbal Supplement Market To Reach $107 Billion By 2017

    March 7, 2012
    The global herbal supplements and remedies market is forecast to reach $107 billion by the year 2017, spurred by growing aging population and increasing consumer awareness about general health and well being, according to a new report from Global Industry Analysts.

  • Global Gums Market Driven by Nutraceutical Applications

    March 5, 2012
    Global Industry Analysts has released a new report on the gums market, which it predicts will reach $23 billion by 2017.

  • ABC Publishes Article Documenting Supplement Regulations

    March 1, 2012
    Dietary supplements are subject to a wide array of federal government regulations in the U.S., according to a new report published by the non-profit American Botanical Council (ABC), Austin, TX. Titled “The Regulated Dietary Supplement Industry…

  • The Research Process: Regulatory Impacts on Science

    The Research Process: Regulatory Impacts on Science

    Douglas Kalman, PhD, MS, RD, CCRC, FACN || March 1, 2012
    Proper finished product testing can help avoid FDA or FTC action.

  • CRN Challenges Widely-Cited AER Statistics

    February 21, 2012
    The often-cited statistic that FDA receives “less than 1% of all adverse events associated with dietary supplements” is based on outdated, irrelevant data, according to the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), Washington, D.C.

  • EU and U.S. Agree to Unify Organic Standards

    February 17, 2012
    The European Union and the U.S. have announced that beginning June 1, 2012, organic products certified in Europe or in the U.S. may be sold as organic in either region. This partnership between the two largest organic-producers in the world will establish a strong foundation from which to promote organic agriculture, benefiting the growing organic industry and supporting jobs and businesses on a global scale.

  • Little-Known Regulations Could Have Big-Time Consequences

    Little-Known Regulations Could Have Big-Time Consequences

    Taylor Wallace, PhD, senior director, scientific and regulatory affairs, CRN || February 15, 2012
    All too often I find myself reading yet another story about dietary supplements where the author of the article incorrectly asserts that dietary supplements are unregulated. Not only is this incorrect, but it is also potentially damaging to the respo…

  • Chocolate Trends

    Chocolate Trends

    Joanna Cosgrove, Online Editor || February 13, 2012
    Cargill webinar covers the top 10 consumer-driven trends set to influence the market this year.

  • ABC Publishes Article Documenting Supplement Regulations

    February 7, 2012
    Dietary supplements are subject to a wide array of federal government regulations in the U.S., according to a new report published by the non-profit American Botanical Council (ABC), Austin, TX.

  • EU Health Claims Present Challenges for Food Companies

    January 26, 2012
    Health claims will be at the top of the business agenda for food companies this year as the European Union (EU) is soon expected to adopt a first list of generic health claims allowed for use, according to international food policy expert EAS.

  • How Sweet It Is

    How Sweet It Is

    Joanna Cosgrove, Online Editor || January 26, 2012
    Stevia gains traction as natural alternative to sugar.

  • U.S. to Overhaul School Lunch Program with New Health Standards

    January 25, 2012
    First Lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack have unveiled new standards for school meals they hope will result in healthier meals for kids across the nation.

  • EFSA Approves Article 14 Health Claim for Barley Betafiber

    January 19, 2012
    European food and beverage manufacturers will soon be able to use a stronger health claim on products that contain Barliv barley betafiber (beta-glucan). In a summary scientific opinion by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) in December 2011, the panel confirmed a cause-and-effect relationship between barley beta-glucans and lower/reduced blood cholesterol.

  • Nutrition Facts? No Thanks.

    Nutrition Facts? No Thanks.

    Joanna Cosgrove, Online Editor || January 19, 2012
    ADA study asserts most consumers don’t pay much attention to Nutrition Facts labels.