FDA approves qualified health claim for high oleic oils and reduced risk of coronary heart disease
FDA has approved a qualified health claim based on a petition by Corbion Biotech for its GMO-based edible oils containing high levels of oleic acid, when it replaces saturated fat. In a recent statement, the agency noted that manufacturers can use the following wording on packaging: “Supportive but not conclusive scientific evidence suggests that daily consumption of about 1½ tablespoons (20 grams) of oils containing high levels of oleic acid, may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.” The claim will also need to make it clear that to achieve this benefit, these oils “should replace fats and oils higher in saturated fat and not increase the total number of calories you eat in a day.” Generally, industry stakeholders have applauded the move. Read coverage:
Statement from FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D, on a new qualified health claim for consuming oils with high levels of oleic acid to reduce corononary heart disease risk→
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FDA warns consumers to avoid Rhino male enhancement products with potentially dangerous drug ingredientsFDA is warning consumers not to purchase or use Rhino male enhancement products, due to a recent rise in reported health issues. Since 2007, FDA has identified more than 25 products marketed with variations of the name “Rhino” that contained hidden drug ingredient(s).
FDA issues warning letter on tianeptine supplement making opioid-related claimsFDA sent warning letters to two companies selling products marketed as dietary supplements and labeled as containing tianeptine, which is being illegally claimed to treat opioid use disorder, pain and anxiety.
Warning letter on tainted kratom illustrates regulatory picture for botanicalsThe kratom market has suffered another black eye with the release of a warning letter from FDA citing a marketer for material that was contaminated with salmonella. The letter also illustrates the ongoing regulatory ferment surrounding the botanical.TRADE
Chinese tariffs affect maternal nutrition marketTrade tensions between the United States and China are making the maternal product market more volatile. As the cost of exporting these supplements rises along with the raw materials needed to manufacture them, the new tariffs and general uncertainty surrounding the global trade market may give Chinese manufacturers little choice but to move their operations abroad.M&A ACTIVITY
Food distributor Schwan's sold to South Korean firm in $1.8 billion dealSchwan’s Co., the Minnesota food distributor known for the home deliveries made by its distinctive gold trucks, is being sold to South Korea’s largest food company. The Schwan family, descendants of founder Marvin Schwan, who started the company in Marshall, Minn., in 1952, will still control 20 percent of the company and own and run the home-delivery service.
Nutrino Health’s AI nutrition platform absorbed by Medtronic’s acquisitionU.S. nutrition-data firm Medtronic is to acquire Nutrino Health in a deal that combines both firms' expertise in nutritional intervention to address the threat of metabolic conditions, such as diabetes.
Lasaffre completes full acquisition of GnosisLasaffre, a global actor in the field of yeast and fermentation, has fully acquired Gnosis, an Italian biotechnology company specializing in the development, manufacture and sale of fermentation-derived ingredients and natural finished products for use in the pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, veterinary and cosmetic industries, three years after acquiring a majority of the company.LEGAL
Judge issues injunction against IronMag Labs in SARMs lawsuit retrialUnder order from California appeals court to retry the suit, a district judge issued injunctive but not monetary relief against the company that sold SARMs in dietary supplements.
U.S. judge selects first case in federal Monsanto weed killer litigationThe first case out of the roughly 9,500 lawsuits against Monsanto’s herbicide RoundUp has been selected by a U.S. judge to be tried in federal court in 2019. The case of California resident Edwin Hardeman will be used “to help both sides gauge the range of damages and define settlement options.” Bayer, the company that acquired Monsanto earlier this year, maintains that the herbicide does not cause cancer.ELECTIONS
Democrat Ben McAdams declares victory over Rep. Mia LoveDemocratic Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams declared victory Monday in his race against GOP Rep. Mia Love—after he gained a 739-vote lead in ballot updates from Utah and Salt Lake counties. Love is a co-chair of the Dietary Supplement Caucus.
Midterm upheaval in Washington likely won’t translate to supplement industrySeveral notable supporters of the supplements industry are leaving Congress following the retirement of Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and the Democratic flipping of Republican seats in the House, but no major changes have been predicted yet for supplement regulation.FINANCIALS
Margin investments pay off for Natural GrocersNatural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage focused on promotion in 2018 to turn the tide on slow fiscal 2017. The chain ended fiscal 2018 with sales growth of 10.4 percent, to hit $849 million, and up 9.6 percent for the quarter, reaching $217.5 million. Increased customer counts and larger basket sizes drove improved comparable store sales in Q4.POLICY
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics updates position on vitamin and mineral supplementsVitamin and mineral supplements may be beneficial for people who aren’t getting the micronutrients they need through their diet, but do not help in preventing chronic disease, according to an updated position paper published by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.OMEGA-3s
Recent large-scale omega-3 trials are harbingers of better days for omega-3sDespite the equivocal reports in the mainstream media of the recently released omega-3s trials, the huge statistical power of the studies means the promising secondary endpoints can be trusted, experts say.
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China to continue present CBEC regulatory framework, more pilot zones introducedChina will not implement a new set of cross-border (CBEC) regulations in January next year and will instead continue with existing regulations. The decision is a relief for foreign firms.
Italy moves to have a final say on medical- purposed, food-supplement definitionsItaly’s Ministry of Health has moved to clarify definitions governing food for medical purposes from food supplements, with suggestions that the final decision intends to be kept at a national, not EU level.
A tax on health: Irish government threatens to tax supplements againProposed plans could see food supplements, such as probiotics and omega-3 fatty acids, subject to a VAT rate of up to 23 percent in moves set out by the Irish government in time for January 2019.
EU announces push to promote domestic plant-protein marketFood manufacturers may soon be able to source more plant-based proteins locally after the European Commission announced new policies to promote production and consumption of soy, chickpeas, lentils and rapeseed.TRENDS
Whole Foods Market unveils top 10 trends for 2019Whole Foods Market’s global buyers have revealed what they say are the innovative food trends for 2019 in a fourth annual trends-predictions announcement. Pacific Rim flavors, eco-conscious packaging, faux meat snacks and new varieties of hemp-infused products are among the food influences expected to take off in the next year.SUPPLY CHAIN
Help or hype: Should food manufacturers invest in Blockchain?Blockchain has been heralded as a way to combat food fraud and provide farm-to-fork traceability, and some big players are investing. But is it worth the investment?PROBIOTICS
Growing awareness of probiotic benefits starting to move needle in new regionsIncreased consumer awareness around probiotics—linked to an ever-growing body of benefits—is opening up new markets around the world, with China booming and new opportunities in Latin America, says George Paraskevakos, executive director of the International Probiotics Association.BOTANICALS
A framework for postmarket signal detection in consideration for complex botanical productsHerbalife Nutrition has developed a rigorous methodology for tracking the safety of its products in the many countries in which it operates.
Ancient botanical seems to have made breakthrough in U.S. marketBlack cumin seed oil, an ancient botanical, seems to have finally ‘arrived’ on the market, if recent demand is anything to go by.ORGANICS
Organic Trade Association weighs in with USDA on top enforcement prioritiesThe trade group identifies the most critical areas to increase the integrity of the global organic control system.GMOs
How the Non-GMO Project is adapting to a gene-edited worldGenetic engineering tactics are far more varied and intricate than they were back in 2007, when the Non-GMO Project first launched. Gene-edited foods, such as pink pineapples and cotton candy-flavored grapes, have "delighted" consumers in recent years—so why are sales of Non-GMO Project Certified products still booming? And how has the line between non-GMO and GMO products blurred?INNOVATION
Pharmako patent approval for delivery-system technology opens door for new partnershipsPharmako Biotechnologies has had the patent for its LipiSperse technology approved by the World Intellectual Property Organization, opening the door for the firm to develop novel formulations for lipid-soluble compounds.SPORTS NUTRITION
The rise of the ready-to-drink functional sports beverageNutrition Business Journal discusses the expanding appeal of RTD sports beverages to consumers outside of the athletic crowd, as well as the factors affecting consumer product choices in this sector.CLEAN LABEL
Clean-label delivery systems are major priorityAs more consumers seek clean label products, more dietary supplement manufacturers are taking a harder look at just how clean their supplements are, right down to the capsule, tablet or softgel. At SupplySide West, suppliers and manufacturers discussed their latest offerings in the clean-label segment.
Dietary supplement companies see ROI in their transparency initiativeTraceability and transparency are keywords in the dietary supplement industry today as the market continues facing increased pressure and public scrutiny over the quality and authenticity of these products. Over the past few years, many suppliers have taken to launching their own traceability and quality-control initiatives.PLANT-BASED PRODUCTS
Digestive-health IP trends reveal demand for plant-based ingredientsIn the past five years, plant-based ingredients that have become popular in digestive health products include mushrooms and turmeric, among others.SUSTAINABILITY
Palm industry responds to viral orangutan ad about deforestationThe ad, which was taken off the air on British television for being too political, has provoked a defensive response from the palm oil industry. CEO of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil Darrel Webber released a statement arguing that boycotting palm oil “doesn’t stop the destruction of rainforests” and that companies and consumers “should instead work with the industry to ensure there are sustainable standards for any of the oils and fats it consumes.”MOU PARTNER NEWS
GOED updates voluntary monograph with lower lead limitAs part of GOED’s commitment to maintaining the highest quality standards in the industry, the organization maintains and continually updates a quality monograph to which members must adhere. The monograph was recently updated to lower the maximum limit for lead from 0.1 to 0.05 mg/kg.MARKETING
Does a brand’s purpose really impact sales?In announcing its new Center for Brand Purpose (billed as a resource for guidance and education) the Association of National Advertisers noted that 82 percent of its senior marketing members said their company needed help identifying and “activating” their brand purpose. That’s not good as research shows that purpose-led brands grow two to three times faster than their competitors.
Brands that share sell betterConsumers care less about what you do and more about how you do it, and they are getting better at filtering out brands that don’t align with their beliefs.EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
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Top Chinese consumer trends driven by millennials and generation ZEuromonitor International has released a new white paper, “Cracking Chinese Consumer Codes – identifying and analyzing six key consumer trends in today’s China." According to the paper, millennials and generation Z are driving new consumer trends in China, such as the increasing demand for premiumization in everything from mobile digital purchase to cosmetics.
Dietary supplements biz rides health waveWith a majority of people slowly turning health conscious and looking at dietary supplements, coupled with many international companies offering health supplements at an affordable price point, the health supplements and nutraceuticals market is set to grow rapidly, according to a new report from ResearchandMarkets.
Private brands bolster their position in retailSales have grown nearly four times faster this year for private-label products than for national brands, according to consumer market researcher IRI. The IRI Private Label 2018 report said private-brand dollar sales across the food, drug, mass, dollar, and club retail channels (excluding Walmart) climbed 5.8 percent in 2018, compared with 1.5 percent for national brands and 2.1 percent for overall consumer packaged goods.
Americans are divided as to whether eating organic makes for better healthAccording to a new survey conducted by Pew Research, U.S. adults remain evenly divided over whether organic produce is better for one’s health. Results showed that younger people are more likely to believe in the health benefits of organics, but that there are no pointed differences between men and women’s views on the topic.
Generational preferences affect consumer engagement with dietary supplement brandsA study by CBD Marketing in Chicago evaluated assumptions about dietary supplement brands that market their product(s) to consumers across different generational segments.
Prebiotic ingredients market to reach nearly $7.7 billion by 2025The global prebiotic ingredients market features an increasingly competitive landscape on account of a large number of vendors adopting prudent strategies to increase their footprints, according to a report by Transparency Market Research (TMR).
Healthy Marketing Team releases 2019 trend reportThe Healthy Marketing Team revealed details from its 2019 Global Gamechanger report, which highlights key trends that are poised to change the nutrition industry. The report describes 19 trends connected to the Global Gamechangers, illustrating them with product and brand examples.
Cochrane review finds omega-3 intake in pregnancy slashes risk of pre-term birthA review of more than 70 clinical trials has found that increased intake of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids during pregnancy is linked to a lower risk of premature births.
Two RCTs find no benefit for specific probiotics in kids with gastroenteritisTwo new large-scale and well-conducted clinical trials found that a short course of Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG or L. rhamnosus R0011 plus L. helveticus R0052 did not improve gastroenteritis symptoms in children.
Fish oil supplementation may boost rugby performance recoveryFish oil combined with protein may reduce lower-body muscle soreness and fatigue and maintain lower-body power over a longer period, according to a new study from the University of Otago in New Zealand.
Higher vitamin D blood levels linked to cardiorespiratory fitnessIncreased blood levels of the sunshine vitamin are associated with better exercise capacity, says a new study with almost 2,000 participants.
Study reveals fucoidan extract reduces gut inflammationNew research has uncovered evidence supporting the effects of a natural seaweed extract in reducing gut inflammation. Marinova’s Maritech fucoidan significantly inhibited the production of key pro-inflammatory biomarkers that are clinically relevant in acute and chronic gut conditions, according to a recent study.FDA WARNING LETTERS & GUIDANCES
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