Coronavirus outbreak poses particular risk for dietary supplement industry The coronavirus outbreak in China carries potentially enormous implications for the dietary supplement industry, but a rapidly changing situation has not made it easy for companies to plan a response. With such a large percentage of ingredients originating in China, dietary supplement brands could be especially vulnerable to trade disruptions, and companies that engage in business travel there are already responding. Read more→
FSVP training, February 11-12 in Utah
FSVP violations are the #1 infraction in FDA's 2019 '483' report. Do you import ingredients or finished goods? Do you know your obligations under the Foreign Supplier Verification Programs regulation? Join former FDA Investigator and UNPA VP, Global Regulatory & Compliance Larisa Pavlick for this certificate-based training. Click on the title for more information, why you might need to attend and to register.
RSVP for UNPA's Expo West Members' Meeting, March 4 in Anaheim
Members’ Meeting: 8-9am
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Plan to join your fellow UNPA members at the association’s annual members' meeting at Natural Products Expo West—the meeting is open to all UNPA members and invited guests, and there is no charge to attend. RSVP here.
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Early-bird discount through Feb. 15 for annual Dietary Supplement Regulatory Summit, May 27, in Washington
This fifth annual, one-day summit hosted by UNPA, AHPA, CHPA and CRN provides an intensive deep dive into pressing and topical federal regulatory issues of ultimate importance to the dietary supplement industry. Topics at this year's event include hemp/CBD, DSHEA 2.0, NDI/GRAS and much, much more. UNPA members receive discounted registration using the code AssociationMemberEarlyBird, and early-bird rates run through Feb. 15. Click here for more information.
User fees could boost FDA oversight of supplement sectorConventional wisdom suggests any detailed conversations about user fees to help FDA better oversee the supplement industry would commence near the end of a process to reform DSHEA.
Court decisions offer insight on adulteration, botanical constituentsIn two recent opinions issued by the Eleventh Circuit, the federal appeals court applied the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to examine adulteration in relatively novel ways that could potentially have far-reaching effects.
Earth Fare announces inventory liquidation at all storesEarth Fare, founded in 1975, followed an earlier release and announced that it is closing all of its stores and would begin inventory liquidation sales at all of its stores. The company said that all employees have been notified of the impending closure and that it will continue to pursue a sale of assets, in whole or in parts, during this time.
Hemp-derived CBD: Navigating the regulatory minefieldFDA has promised to provide more clarity over CBD “in the coming weeks.” But how should brands navigate the regulatory minefield in the meantime, and what options does the agency have?
CBD lacks standardization on quality, concentration and price: 'We encountered a wild, wild west scenario'The authors of a new study have suggested that the CBD sector is mired by inconsistent quality, concentrations, pricing and labeling. "What we encountered was a wild, wild west scenario in terms of marketing and manufacturing," warned Noa Gans, head of product at CBD data provider Leafreport.PARTNERSHIPS
UAS Labs licenses impactful infant safe L. plantarum probiotics strainUAS Laboratories has finalized a partnership with Lottus LLC and Pinaki Panigrahi, M.D., Ph.D., a pediatric infectious disease expert for the Lactobacillus plantarum PPLP-217 strain.SPORTS NUTRITION
Data supports notion that supplements are not at root of sports doping problemSports nutrition products continue to be a source of concern for regulators, but there are signs the situation is improving. And statistics back the notion that supplements are not the huge risk factor for athletes that they’re sometimes made out to be.PRODUCT RECALLS
Supplement contract manufacturing recall unprecedented"Unprecedented." That’s how some consultants described the scope of the recent recall of all dietary supplements produced by a major contract manufacturer and its affiliates, whose operations were recently shut down under a consent decree with the U.S. Department of Justice.
Poland eases supplement red tape with notification systemPoland’s Chief Sanitary Inspectorate is to launch a notification system to “improve supervision” of business to meet notification requirements of dietary supplements and infant formulas.
Health Canada approves claims for Gencor’s Libifem fenugreek extractGencor has received approval from Health Canada for four health claims on its standardized fenugreek extract, Libifem. These health claims are based on scientific and clinical data supporting each benefit.APAC MARKET
Analyst Take: Supplement sales in China surpass $20 billion in 2019Following a decade of strong growth, supplement sales in China surpassed $20 billion in 2019 and are projected to outpace global growth in the coming years.BOTANICALS
Elderberry growth was huge in 2019. Here’s why.Impressively, elderberry (Sambucus nigra) is capturing significant mainstream attention and continues to show enormous growth, solidifying its place as a major ingredient, particularly in the immune health category. According to data from SPINS, cross-channel sales growth of elderberry encompassing mainstream, natural and specialty gourmet channels was 83.4 percent, for total sales of $113 million.
Best-selling omega-3 supplements comply with regulatory requirementsA recent study conducted by GOED tested the quality of 48 of the most-widely sold EPA/DHA omega-3 supplements in the U.S. Results showed that of the 42 products with content declarations on the label, all complied with U.S. requirements by having at least 80 percent of the labeled content.
Landscape context affects the sustainability of organic farming systemsOrganic agriculture promotes environmental and socioeconomic sustainability to a greater degree than conventional agriculture. This study set out to discover the effects of organic agriculture on sustainability metrics and found that organic sites had greater biodiversity than conventional ones, with the largest benefits in landscapes with large field sizes.
When is a pesticide not a pesticide? When it coats a seedAn increasingly contested regulatory loophole currently allows pesticide-coated seeds to be viewed as "treated articles" instead of pesticides. But critics, including the Center for Food Safety, have argued that this exemption is exceptionally harmful for endangered pollinators, and the Environmental Protection Agency is expected to make a decision regarding these concerns in early 2020.
Sen. Bernie Sanders introduces PFAS actThe legislation, Preventing Future American Sickness (PFAS) Act, introduced by Senator Bernie Sanders, D-Vt., would designate PFAS chemicals as hazardous substances and potentially force PFAS manufacturers to foot the bill for cleanup efforts.LEADERSHIP
The most critical leadership skill for the coming decadeBrené Brown, Ph.D., a research professor at the University of Houston, and her team recently completed a seven-year study on leadership with Rice, Kellogg and Wharton schools of business. What is the single most important characteristic for future leaders? The answer that came back was absolutely unequivocal, no close seconds: the No. 1 characteristic our leaders need is courage.
UNPA MEMBER COMPANY NEWS
4Life announces new VP of global markets, EurasiaSenior Vice President of Global Operations Jeff Kalinin has named Tyler Madsen 4Life’s new vice president of global markets, Eurasia, which includes Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Belarus and Mongolia. Madsen joined 4Life in 2013 as an international coordinator and has since worked in various positions, most recently, as senior director for Eurasia.
Informa Markets launches Food & Beverage Insider to support innovation among CPG brandsHealth & Nutrition by Informa Markets has launched Food & Beverage Insider to lead CPG brands from ideation through manufacturing, supporting the development of clean label, natural and healthy food and beverage.PERSONALIZED NUTRITION
Tech role in personalized nutrition praisedPrecision data is key to unlocking long-term health, a World Economic Forum report says, as its authors suggest that combining microbiome biodata with emerging technologies will result in new ways to address health risks.
Doula-founded natural beauty brands are becoming increasingly trendyMore than a few prominent doulas and midwives have recently launched clean beauty brands, and their naturally potent and simple ingredients are appealing to a wide array of consumers–not just moms-to-be.
MOU PARTNER NEWS
Europharma sponsors AHP monograph for Red Asian GinsengThe American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (AHP) announced that EuroPharma/Terry Naturally, its newest Benefactor Member, has provided financial support for the development of an AHP Red Asian Ginseng (Panax ginseng) Monograph and Therapeutic Compendium. Red Asian Ginseng is one of the most commonly adulterated botanicals and the review will offer specifics regarding different preparations available.
Advancing the prebiotics marketFrom research labs to retail shelves, prebiotics are taking central stage. However, like many of their nutritional predecessors, growing pains are part of the process. In this Q&A, Len Monheit, executive director of the Global Prebiotic Association, shares his perspective on considerations affecting the prebiotic market.EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
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Digital Marketing Manager, Lake Barrington, Ill., posted by Ortho Molecular ProductsMARKETING
The privacy process runaround: Do your vendors really help you comply?Brands are being hit with a wave of new rules, thanks to laws like General Data Protections Regulation and California Consumer Privacy Act. The laws differ on some points, but all mandate two things: consumer access to data and consent for data usage, according to Winterberry Group’s new white paper: Marketing’s Privacy Mandate: Navigating A Fragmented Ecosystem of Solutions And Organizational Demands.
‘Centual’ healing: How to appeal to female wellness consumersAs the most dominant lifestyle factor driving change in consumer behavior, wellness affects women's buying decisions for themselves and their families. Find out the best ways to attract these customers to your products.
A look back at holiday 2019: What worked and what didn’tExclamation points, emojis and words communicating urgency had a dampening effect on response when used in email subject lines during the 2019 holiday season. So did mentions of discounts, according to new data from Twilio SendGrid.
Tips of the online trade: The big opportunity in probiotic reviewsOnline reviews offer valuable insight into consumer perceptions of probiotics, and market analyst Lumina Intelligence has shared its top tips for using this tool to boost business strategy and sales.
Cohort study links flavonol intake to Alzheimer’s riskHigher flavonol intake could help lower the risk of Alzheimer’s dementia by up to 48 percent, according to a prospective cohort study from Rush University in Chicago.
Fish oil beats curcumin for brain and heart health biomarker improvements in older peopleSupplementation with fish oil, but not curcumin, may improve biomarkers of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular function in older sedentary, overweight/obese adults, according to a new study from Australia.
Algae strain could help reduce IBS symptomsConsumption of a previously unexplored strain of algae could improve IBS symptoms, such as diarrhea, gas and bloating, according to a new study from California.
Meta-analysis supports L-carnitine’s blood lipid improvementsSupplements containing L-carnitine may significantly reduce total and LDL cholesterol levels, while also improving HDL levels and improving measure of blood sugar management, according to a new meta-analysis.
Polyphenolic extract supports body compositionA recent study published in Foods found that a polyphenolic extract of Hibiscus sabdariffa and Lippia citriodora, Metabolaid, from Monteloeder, reduced body fat mass in healthy subjects. Results showed that while changes in weight between groups was not significant, the reduction in body mass index was greater in the extract group, compared to placebo.
Creatine plus HMB may boost testosterone level in elite male endurance athletesA combination of creatine plus HMB may increase testosterone levels and boost aerobic power, compared to Creatine or HMB alone, suggests new data from Spain.
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