BAPP invites comment on proposed best practices for disposal of defective articles
The ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program (BAPP) is inviting industry to review and comment on its proposed “Best Practices SOP for the Disposal/Destruction of Irreparably Defective Articles.” The following link provides access to the draft and instructions on how to submit comments. The file also includes the draft proposed contract language that buyers and suppliers can consider adding to their supply contracts. BAPP respectfully requests that comments be returned to ABC by Oct. 30, 2018, via email at BAPPSOP@herbalgram.org.
UNPA member discount for AHPA Botanical Congress at SSW
NEW! UNPA has collaborated with the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) to extend AHPA member pricing to UNPA members for the 7th Annual AHPA Botanical Congress, to be held on Saturday, Nov. 10, at the SupplySide West trade show in Las Vegas. Click on the link above for more information, and use the "member pricing" option when registering.
NEW UNPA education and events!
See "UNPA Events" in the right column for information and links to a number of new UNPA fall/winter events, including an Oct. 15 members' update call and a PCQI training session, to be held Dec. 5-7, in Lehi, Utah. REGULATORY
FDA guidance provides detail on which smaller facilities can sidestep heaviest FSMA burdensA new guide on how to determine facility status under FSMA is a step forward in applying these rules to the dietary supplements industry, according to Larisa Pavlick, UNPA’s VP for global regulatory and compliance.
New York, Oregon actions highlight state AGs’ power to police dietary supplementsIt’s been more than three years since an herbal supplements investigation was launched by former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. His probe, and subsequent actions taken by his office, are a reminder of the power of state attorneys general to police the dietary supplement industry.
BOTANICAL ADULTERATION PREVENTION
Tea tree oil laboratory-guidance document issued by BAPPThe ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program (BAPP) has released a laboratory guidance document on tea tree oil, the essential oil obtained from tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia and M. linariifolia) leaves. The document assesses strength and limitations of various lab methods to verify the authenticity of tea tree oil, a popular ingredient known for its antimicrobial properties. Due to the relatively high costs of authentic tea tree oil, some unethical suppliers substitute materials labeled to contain tea tree oil with lower-cost adulterants.LEGAL
Thermolife adds to thick sheaf of patent suits with filing against beet supplement maker HumanNThermolife, a company that specializes in holding and defending a suite of patents on dietary nitrate/nitrite technology, has sued prominent beet supplement manufacturer HumanN over unfair competition.INDUSTRY SELF REGULATION
Global retailer, manufacturer alliance conducting pilot audits to trial run processThe Global Retailer and Manufacturer Alliance (GRMA) is preparing for pilot audits that will take place in October in order to test the audit process that will eventually be conducted by qualified certifying bodies to ensure manufacturers are meeting GRMA standards for good manufacturing practices. The alliance is a member-based non-profit organization started in January 2018 that consists of retailers, manufacturers, trade associations, certification bodies and other stakeholders.
SSCI progress includes pilot audits to test standardized tools, redesigned app for farmersProgress on the Supplement Safety and Compliance Initiative has included pilot audits and a revamped mobile app for farmers, according to the Natural Products Association’s (NPA) Daniel Fabricant. NPA has spearheaded the effort with cooperation of big retailers such as GNC, Walmart, Vitamin Shoppe and Whole Foods.GLOBAL REGULATORY
Mutual recognition update: European mission to speed cross-country business growthThe European Commission is working to scrap unnecessary red tape to make it quicker and easier for companies to sell their products across Europe.
EC approves DuPont’s request for powdered-lactitol supplement useThe European Commission has approved DuPont Nutrition Bioscience’s application to use powdered lactitol in food supplements. The ruling advises that no more than 20 grams per day of the replacement sweetener can be used for the adult population.
U.K. agency raps Amazon and Protein World for 'weight-loss' category markersThe U.K.’s Advertising Standard Agency has told online retailers Protein World and Amazon that they cannot sell food or supplements under the 'weight loss' category unless all products within the category carry an EU-approved health claim.
Amazon compliance crackdown on natural health productsAmazon recently announced requirements for total compliance with Health Canada’s regulations for all non-prescription drugs, supplements and natural health products sold in Canada through their platform. The Amazon compliance crackdown comes into effect in October.
Italy uncouples from Belgium and France to plot new Belfrit directionItaly has published a decree clarifying herbal substances and preparations use in food supplements, updating last year’s consolidated list submitted to the European Commission, which combined the Italian and Belfrit list.CBD/HEMP/CANNABIS
California hemp farming bill approved; federal farm bill stallsIt was a major victory for the hemp industry as California Gov. Jerry Brown signed Vote Hemp-sponsored legislation last week. The the law will go into effect Jan. 1, 2019, finally allowing California farmers to enter the rapidly growing hemp industry on a wide scale. At the federal level, the Hemp Farming Act (S. 2667) has been included in the Senate version of the Farm Bill now being negotiated. If passed, the bill would place federal regulatory authority of hemp solely with USDA.
Supplement trade groups show increasing interest in CBD, hemp extractsSeveral U.S.-based trade organizations representing the dietary supplement industry—including UNPA and the Council for Responsible Nutrition—are examining issues involving CBD, a hemp-based compound with promising health benefits and skyrocketing consumer demand.PRODUCT TESTING
Can DNA testing really be done for botanical extracts? Herbalife conducts its own trialTo understand the industry-posed question about how quality and quantity of DNA from botanical material is affected through industrial processing, Herbalife Nutrition collaborated with the University of Guelph to investigate the accuracy of using DNA testing to authenticate Herbalife Nutrition’s manufactured green tea extract.SPORTS NUTRITION
Sports nutrition to muscle in on weight loss as interest in cutting calories thinsSports nutrition will overtake weight management within five years as consumer interest in calorie-control loses weight, according to insights from Euromonitor International at the recent Sports Nutrition Congress in Brussels.
Study backs pre-workout supplements' benefits, calls for more safety dataThe body of published studies on multi-ingredient, pre-workout supplements to date suggest that they do have promise as performance boosters, according to a new paper from Lindenwood University and Mayo Clinic Health Systems.
Maize-starch-glucose sports drink improved hydration among Australian footballersDowning maize starch as a solution to stay hydrated in hot summer months seems counterintuitive at first, but researchers from Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia, found that supplementing with a resistant starch may improve hydration.UNPA MEMBER NEWS
Hemp Boom: Thorne’s hemp oil sales exceeded company expectationsHemp Oil+ from legacy supplement company Thorne Research is a relatively new offering, released in March of this year. The product launch proved to be the company’s most successful so far, according to Jacqueline Jacque, Ph.D., senior VP of portfolio development, who noted that the product achieved sales goals in six weeks that the company has expected to see in six months.
Metagenics new CMO aims to transform health care deliveryMetagenics is seeking to participate in a transformation in health care delivery by bringing a Harvard- and MIT-trained researcher on as chief medical officer. Sara Gottfried, M.D., sees her new role at the practitioner channel specialist as a way to help energize a needed shift in the way health care is delivered in the United States.
Sami-Sabinsa honored by Pharmexcil for export excellenceSabinsa Corporation’s parent company Sami Labs was recognized by the Pharmaceuticals Export Promotion Council of India (Pharmexcil) with a Silver Award for Outstanding Export Performance Award, Herbals & Pharma Allied Products for 2017 – 2018. Pharmexcil presents awards each year to acknowledge those companies that achieve significant export success.RETAIL
Natural Grocers launches store brandNatural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage Inc. has put its name and reputation for premium natural and organic groceries on a new private-label line. The Lakewood, Colo.-based specialty supermarket chain unveiled the Natural Grocers brand, which encompasses more than 50 products in 15 categories, including grocery, dairy and frozen. The company already sells own-brand supplement products.MOU PARTER NEWS
GOED targets health practitioners with new omega-3 education campaignThe Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3s is making a push to spread awareness of omega-3s among healthcare professionals, including nurse practitioners, physician’s assistants and pharmacists, with the launch of its new Fats for Life website. The group will also provide science-based information on the benefits of omega-3s for heart health, brain health, eye health and prenatal and infant health.
Introducing the new Nutraingredients Omega-3 Summit: GOED-backed event to take place in SingaporeNutraingredients, backed by trade association GOED, is to hold the inaugural Omega-3 Summit in February 2019 in Singapore, with a host of top speakers already on board.GLYPHOSATE
FDA releases residue report: Scope of glyphosate testing inadequate, says Detox ProjectA new report from FDA shows the vast majority of human and pet foods produced and imported into the United States in 2016 tested below federal limits for pesticide residues, although those hoping to discover more about the presence of glyphosate will not learn more from this data set.PERSONALIZED MEDICINE
Personalized nutrition milestone: InsideTracker validates algorithmic wellness platformData from 1,033 generally healthy individuals using InsideTracker shows that the automated, web-based, personalized nutrition platform is capable of normalizing serum-biomarker levels in healthy subjects.ANTI-AGING
Nitric oxide is key to the kingdom of healthy aging, scientist arguesUnderlying all the common biomarkers of healthy aging is one key element—nitric oxide status, says scientist Nathan Bryan, Ph.D., from Baylor University School of Medicine.EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
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Asian Field Manager in Toronto, posted by USANA Health SciencesRESEARCH
Regular omega-3 intake during pregnancy could boost baby brain and visionWomen could enhance the development of their unborn child's eyesight and brain function by regularly eating omega-3-rich fatty fish during pregnancy, according to researchers from Finland.
Study suggests polyphenols can be used as markers of gut health, confirming trends in category, expert saysSome polyphenolic metabolites may be used as markers of gut health, a recent study concludes. This opens the door for pursuing the actions of phenolic compounds in future product development in the category, noted consultant Tim Avila of UNPA member company Systems Biosciences.
Astaxanthin formulation plus training linked to better endurance and strength in the elderlyA supplement formula containing astaxanthin, vitamin E tocotrienol and zinc may counter the effects of sarcopenia in the elderly when combined with exercise training, according to researchers from the University of Washington.
Review identifies potential modes of action for omega-3s and anxietyA review conducted by researchers in New York uncovered six potential modes of action for how omega-3s might alleviate symptoms of anxiety. But the researchers found lots of nits to pick with the research, too, and made recommendations for future studies in this area.
Sabinsa’s shelf-stable probiotic LactoSpore may improve cholesterol levelsSupplementation with Bacillus coagulans MTCC 5856 (LactoSpore by Sabinsa Corp.) by individuals with irritable bowel syndrome and co-existing depression may improve symptoms of both conditions, according to a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multi-center pilot study published in Food & Nutrition Research.
FDA WARNING LETTERS & GUIDANCES
Current FDA enforcement actions and guidancesKeep up to date on FDA’s current enforcement actions, including general warning letters, recall information and GMP compliance issues, with this link to FDA's website.
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