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  • 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.

  • $1.5 Million Settlement Reached in Deceptive Advertising Case

    January 9, 2012
    The FTC has announced that an operation that marketed acai berry supplements, "colon cleansers" and other products using allegedly fraudulent free trial offers and phony endorsements from Oprah Winfrey and Rachael Ray will pay $1.5 million as part of a settlement. The money will be made available for consumer refunds.

  • NDI Notification Guidance: Proceeding (With Caution)

    NDI Notification Guidance: Proceeding (With Caution)

    Joanna Cosgrove, Online Editor || January 2, 2012
    The upside: FDA has begun the process of vetting the comments filed in response to its NDI Notification Guidance draft. The downside: there is no timeline for completion.

  • New Year, New Goals ... New Challenges

    New Year, New Goals ... New Challenges

    Sean Moloughney, Associate Editor || January 2, 2012
    The start of a new year offers a predictable platform for many people to develop resolutions and pledge commitments while also leaving the past, and previous failures, filed away far from sight. Considering how the economy has crushed so many consume…

  • Consumer Reports’ Fish Oil Review Yields Mixed Findings

    January 2, 2012
    Consumer Reports recently published a review of 15 top-selling fish oil supplement brands and six fell short on quality, according to the magazine. However, despite an accusatory tone, according to the Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3 (GOE…

  • FDA Files Permanent Injunction Against Pennsylvania Supplement Company

    January 2, 2012
    FDA has taken legal action against a dietary supplement maker and owner for substituting ingredients and products without noting the changes on the final product labels. The permanent injunction, filed on behalf of FDA by the U.S. Department of Justi…

  • Quality Focus: The Gloves Are Off!

    Quality Focus: The Gloves Are Off!

    Paula Brown & James Neal-Kababick || January 2, 2012
    FDA moves from warning letters to shutdowns, seizures and permanent injunctions.

  • Eurotrends: Unhealthy Food Tax: A Viable Solution?

    Eurotrends: Unhealthy Food Tax: A Viable Solution?

    Joerg Gruenwald || January 2, 2012
    Would taxation help consumers change their unhealthy eating habits, or would they simply circumvent the added cost?

  • Capitol Comments: FDA Should Withdraw NDI Guidance

    Capitol Comments: FDA Should Withdraw NDI Guidance

    Todd Harrison & Paul Feinstein || January 2, 2012
    Revisions to the notification guidance must be more reasonable and less restrictive.

  • Top 10 Predictions for 2012

    Rebecca Wright, Editor || January 2, 2012
    10. Confident Consumers: Eighty-four percent of U.S. adults report confidence in supplements, according to a recent Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) survey. Further, nearly 70% of consumers now take a dietary supplement, representing the highe…

  • EU Article 13 EPA and DHA Claims Progressing

    December 20, 2011
    According to the Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3 (GOED), Salt Lake City, UT, the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health (SCOFCAH) has voted to adopt a Commission Regulation authorizing a list of Article 13 health claims that includes several omega 3 claims.

  • Top Food Trends for 2012

    Top Food Trends for 2012

    Joanna Cosgrove, Online Editor || December 12, 2011
    Innova encapsulates the trends set to dominate the food and beverage market next year.

  • Consumer Reports’ Fish Oil Review Yields Mixed Findings

    December 8, 2011
    Consumer Reports recently published a review of 15 top-selling fish oil supplement brands, and according to the magazine, six fell short on quality. However, despite the accusatory tone, according to the Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3 (GOED), Salt Lake City, UT, the report was actually positive as all products met the requirements of the U.S. Pharmacopeia, as well as the relevant EU regulations.