FDA import testing trial reveals presence of pharmaceutical drugs in ‘supplements’
The use of portable screening devices in an FDA pilot study revealed the presence of pharmaceutical drugs in products marketed as dietary supplements. The location of the screening devices: international mail facilities, where FDA monitors importations of products coming from more than 180 countries. Of approximately 240 samples collected and screened in the field, a staggering 65 percent tested positive for undeclared pharmaceutical ingredients, FDA revealed. Read more→
PCQI training in two weeks in Phoenix! Limited seating still available
Limited seating still available for PCQI training in Phoenix April 10-12, and registration is open for PCQI training, June 5-7, in Lehi, Utah. Both sessions meet FDA's PCQI training requirements. Learn who must comply, course agenda and additional information at the UNPA website.
The state of the U.S. probiotics market: From market value to consumption habits
This article from the UNPA Asia Report notes that with growth outpacing all other dietary supplements, probiotics are one of the hottest categories in the U.S. health and nutrition space. Data from Euromonitor International estimates the market for probiotic dietary supplements is growing at 11 percent and will close at more than US$5 billion this year.
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Trump signs omnibus spending bill with boost in FDA funding
President Donald Trump last week signed the $1.3 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30. The omnibus will bring the FDA budget to a total of $2.9 billion in discretionary funding (meaning not user fees), $135 million above the 2017 enacted level, according to the House Appropriations Committee.
CRN, GOED file joint brief asking court to deny Amarin appeal in fish oils case
Two stakeholder groups have collaborated in filing an amicus brief in the Amarin fish oils appeal, in which the drug maker is seeking to force the International Trade Commission to hear a case whereby the company is pursuing a ban on the importation of some esterified fish oils. The Department of Justice is joining the chorus with its own amicus brief in the case, also asking a federal appeals court not to rule in favor of the drug maker's appeal.
GSK announces strategic review of consumer nutrition portfolio to help fund€13 billion Novartis deal
GlaxoSmithKline could look to sell some—or all—of its nutrition portfolio to help fund the €10.5 billion acquisition of Novartis’ stake in their consumer-health joint venture.
Givaudan pays premium for Naturex
Expanding on its strategy to deliver natural products, Swiss company Givaudan, a global maker of flavors and fragrances, agreed to acquire 40.6 percent of the shares of plant-based ingredient manufacturer Naturex, for a premium price of $1.6 billion. The valuation is unusually high for the healthcare and technology industries, which reflects that the consumer demand for natural and organic products is reaching the supply chain.
Dutch authorities call for legal limits on synephrine in food supplements
Dutch authorities are calling for legislation defining legal limits for synephrine in food supplements, after potentially adverse health effects were identified in a risk assessment.
EC bestows food status on herb blend for supplement use
The European Commission has given the go ahead for a blend of three herbal roots to be used as a novel food in a supplement intended for post-menopausal women.
New sports nutrition regulations released in India amid doping crackdown
Sports nutrition regulations are set to be tightened in India after the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India finalized its anti-doping guidelines for sports.
Organic & Natural Health Association submits petition to FDA for vitamin D preterm birth health claim
The Organic & Natural Health Association submitted a petition to FDA requesting that the agency permit dietary supplements containing vitamin D to make a health claim concerning the association between vitamin D and a decreased risk of preterm births.
New certification brings awareness, transparency to HPP technology
The Cold Pressure Council has launched the High Pressure Certified seal for companies that use HPP technology properly within their respective categories.
McConnell pushes bill to legalize hemp
The head of the Senate, Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., announced on Monday that he will soon be filing a bill to legalize industrial hemp and allocate federal money for cultivation of the crop.
CBD now legal in Indiana after nearly a year of confusion
Gov. Eric Holcomb signed a measure legalizing low-THC cannabidioloil in Indiana this week, after nearly a year of confusion over Indiana's laws. Senate Enrolled Act 52 allows any person to buy, sell and possess CBD oil, as long as it meets certain labeling requirements and contains no more than 0.3 percent THC.
Albertsons to launch digital marketplace for smaller brands
As the grocer continues to focus on its digital offerings, Albertsons is giving small brands a chance to make their case for shelf space in stores and sell directly to shoppers through a new digital marketplace.
Amazon sellers seek more clout through trade group
Some of the millions of vendors that sell through Amazon.com are planning to join forces with the hopes of gaining negotiating power and lobbying clout and the ability to push the company to hear their viewpoints and address their complaints. The new association will be called the Online Merchants Guild.
China market outlook: Healthy prospects for New Zealand supplement firms
New Zealand supplement firms, which have enjoyed soaring sales in China in recent years, will continue to have a bright export future—although there are some concerns over the longer-term outlook for the world's second-largest economy.
Greenpeace report on threats to Antarctic Ocean prompts U.K. retailer to halt krill sales
U.K. health and wellness retailer Holland & Barrett has decided to stop selling products containing krill oil, after a report from Greenpeace International claimed krill fishing expansions are threatening food chains in the “fragile” Antarctic Ocean.
Organic and sustainable 2018 mini guide
CPG companies are abuzz with “sustainability” and “transparency.” But there is a big difference between tossing around buzzwords and really, truly incorporating these tenets into your business practices. Learn more about organic and sustainable sourcing in this mini guide.
What are the top 10 botanicals in Europe?
Botanical supplements are popular among consumers of all ages in Europe, but what are the most popular? As part of its special edition on botanicals, Nutraingredients counts down the top-ten botanical ingredients purchased by European consumers.
Within broader synthetic botanicals question, stakeholders focus on labeling issue
The issue of so-called synthetic botanicals is still undecided on the regulatory level. As a practical matter, experts within the supply of raw materials agree it’s a matter of proper labeling.
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Natreon earns U.S. patent for Urolithin-b
Natreon was granted a U.S. Patent for 3-hydroxy-dibenzo-α-pyrone, also known as Urolithin B, a natural bioactive present in shilajit, for prevention and/or treatment of body-weight gain. International patents are pending.
Manufacturer-backed study finds lipid-modified curcumin more neuroprotective than unformulated curcumin
A new mouse-model study sheds light on anti-amyloid, anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective benefits of a commercial solid-lipid curcumin ingredient, Longvida, by Verdure, compared to ‘unformulated’ curcumin.
Metagenics gets Non-GMO Project Verified for first nine products
Metagenics Inc., which sells products through the healthcare practitioner channel, received Non-GMO Product verification for its first nine products. The company cited its commitment to label transparency and delivering nutritional formulas to suit a variety of lifestyles and preferences.
Focused research, sustainability helps PLT’s nootropic ingredient in crowded space
With the nootropic space filling up with new entries, it helps to have an ingredient that is both well researched and has a good story, says branded ingredient supplier PLT Health Solutions. The company believes the credentials of its Zembrin ingredient will help differentiate it from other ingredients in the growing category.
Capsugel/Lonza hosts webinar on raising your quality IQ
Successful companies are building new regulatory approaches based on science, continuous improvement and quality risk management. Learn what best-in-class companies are doing to establish their quality processes and practices from regulatory compliance experts from Lonza, as well as UNPA’s VP of Global and Regulatory Compliance Larisa Pavlick. The March 21 session is now available for playback.
Waters to host seminar on supplements and nutraceuticals in the Salt Lake Valley
This day-long seminar, hosted by Waters on April 2, will focus on issues in product testing, adulteration, turnaround times and cost efficiencies. Presentations include an update on methods of adulteration from botanist Paul Bates, UST manufacturing, Botany Lab, and advances in analysis of dietary supplements from Dr. Naren Meruva, principle marketing manager for Waters. The seminar will take place at the Salt Lake City Library.
Sustainability: The new communications imperative
U.S. millennials, long recognized as the most sustainability-conscious generation, are growing even more sensitive to the issue. What's more, a 2017 sustainability study by The Hartman Group found that the number of consumers across all segments who prioritize sustainability purchasing is up significantly.
3 key tactics to attract millennial and Gen Z brand ambassadors
Most marketers don’t understand how to attract millennial and generation Z consumers to become brand advocates to friends and family.It’s time for marketers to sidestep the traditional methods and take a new approach if they want to win market share and mindshare with this elusive audience. Among the tactics: Think like a millennial.
Synbiotic encapsulation could boost probiotic survival rate
An alginate prebiotic material used to encapsulate probiotic bacteria could offer developers improved survival rates, suggested researchers from China.
Could beetroot juice slow key step in Alzheimer’s progression?
Betanin, the pigment that gives beetroot juice its red color, could reduce the rate of misfolding beta-amyloid protein thought to be a critical step in the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, according to new findings from the American Chemical Society.
Oligofructose from chicory root fiber supports bowel regularity, new study
Results from a recently published study show that supplementation with Beneo’s oligofructose chicory root-fiber ingredient, Orafti P95, may help to improve bowel regularity in subjects with low dietary fiber intake, as well as help “bridge the fiber gap” in many North Americans’ diets.
Study demonstrates effectiveness of the time-release magnesium supplement MagSRT
A recent clinical study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition demonstrated improved absorption, cellular uptake and reduction of magnesium deficiency symptoms for the time-release magnesium supplement MagSRT.
Could these food supplements help treat psychosis?
When added to standard early-stage treatment, certain food supplements may help to alleviate symptoms of psychotic illnesses, such as schizophrenia. Among the supplements reviewed are taurine, a combination of vitamin C, n-acetyl cysteine and omega-3s.
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