Preventive Controls Workshop for Foods and Dietary Supplements
Event Date: December 2, 2020
The Preventive Controls for Human Food (PCHF) virtual blended course, presented by United Natural Products Alliance, is scheduled for December 2-3, 2020 and is intended to ensure safe manufacturing/processing, packing and holding of food products for human consumption in the United States. The regulation requires that certain activities must be completed by a Preventive...Read More
UNPA INTERVIEW | David Solomon | The Present/Future of the Natural Products Supply Chain
We asked David to give us a "state of the industry" for the natural product industry's global supply chain of 2020. More importantly, David is signaling that 2021 will likely be the most difficult year in the industry's history, regarding global sourcing for botanicals.
David Solomon is the former president of the American Spice Trade Association.
Featured Member Profile
It is hard to not have favorites in this industry, especially when we constantly meet and quickly fall in love with so many of our new and seasoned members. View this special feature on Mark Blumenthal and the American Botanical Council. Read more...
Industry coalition reminds consumers, retailers that dietary supplements may not claim to cure, prevent coronavirus
WASHINGTON (Feb. 11, 2020) — The U.S. dietary supplement industry is aware of the growing concern regarding the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) and of the public’s desire to protect itself against the virus.
The four leading trade associations representing the dietary supplement industry support the responsible sale and use of vitamins, minerals, herbs and other dietary supplements that provide many positive benefits promoting better health and wellness. However, we are concerned that some marketers of dietary supplements or other products may be promoting them with claims of prevention or treatment of coronavirus.
While research supports the use of certain dietary supplements to maintain immune system health, we are not aware of clinical research that demonstrates using a dietary supplement specifically to prevent or to treat the novel coronavirus. Even if research is conducted and published on the topic, the law that regulates dietary supplements, the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994, prohibits marketers of dietary supplements in the United States from promoting any dietary supplement product that makes disease prevention or treatment claims.
UNPA ANNOUNCES HEMP EXTRACT/CANNABINOIDS NEW MEMBER POLICY GUIDELINES
NOTE: The UNPA hemp extract/cannabinoids member criteria policy has been updated. The "new policy" link below will take you to the updated document.
SALT LAKE CITY — The United Natural Products Alliance (UNPA) today announced a new policy that for the first time allows companies engaged in the growing, manufacture, sale and/or distribution of hemp extract/cannabinoids* ingredients and finished goods labeled as dietary supplements, food, beverages, and cosmetic products to become Executive members of the 27-year-old alliance.
The quality and compliance criteria laid out in the new policy form the basis of UNPA’s membership criteria for both new and current Executive-level members.
“While efforts at the state and federal level to clarify the legal status of hemp extract and cannabinoid products continue, UNPA believes it is in the interest of consumers, health professionals and relevant industries to establish a framework of practices and compliance standards for hemp extract/cannabinoid products,” said Loren Israelsen, UNPA president.
“After months of development and review by our Hemp Extract/Cannabinoids Committee, UNPA completed and received Executive Committee approval to accept new Executive members in the hemp extract/cannabinoids category,” he added. “We’ve established strict criteria to assess such companies’ compliance, quality, executive capabilities, adverse event reporting systems and other requirements to assure such members are best in class in this emerging category.”