FDA says guidance on nutrition facts minimizes need for lengthy Nutrition Facts label delay
Center for Science in the Public interest
FDA has introduced key guidance documents to provide industry with clarity on dietary fibers, added sugar and serving-size declarations. The agency is still working through whether certain non-digestible carbohydrates that the food industry uses should qualify as dietary fibers, but the guidance tells industry how to meet the new standards before FDA makes a final decision. The Center for Science in the Public Interest says it has “concerns about some elements of the guidance documents,” but that they are “largely reasonable and scientifically sound.” Read more→
UNPA announces two PCQI trainingsUNPA has scheduled two new Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) trainings for April 10-12 in Phoenix and June 5-7 in Lehi, Utah. Registration is now open for both training sessions, which meet FDA's PCQI training requirements. Learn who must comply, course agenda and additional information at the UNPA website.
UNPA announces publication of UNPA Asia ReportUNPA announces the publication of the new UNPA Asia Report, a special section inside of Asiaceutical Insights, published in China by Herbridge Media.
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Study that alleges many protein powders contain heavy metals gets big pushback, including threatened legal actionA recent study of the 134 best-selling protein powdersby the Clean Label Project found that many of the plant-based proteins tested poorly with higher levels of heavy metals and other toxins. The brands themselves and industry pushed back, saying the group is opaque about its methodology and sources of funding.MLMs
Herbalife announces strategic initiatives to enhance shareholder valueHerbalife has announced several strategies designed to enhance shareholder value. As part of this plan, the company has updated its capital allocation strategy and is preparing to purchase up to $650 million shares of the company's outstanding common stock. The company also announced its intention to change its name to Herbalife Nutrition Ltd. The new strategies come more than five years after Pershing Square Capital’s William Ackman launched his quixotic but persistent battle against the multilevel marketer, which has all but sputtered to an end.GLOBAL REGULATORY
Health Canada issues warning about product containing yohimbeHealth Canada has extended a warning on dietary supplement products being sold in Canada with Natural Product Numbers and containing illegal ingredients, such as yohimbine and sildenafil analogues.
Brexit benefit: U.K. consumer group says supplement campaign is paused as EU interference is no longer a riskU.K.-based Consumer for Health Choice says its 20-year long campaign, “Save our Supplements,” has been paused because Brexit means a lower risk to the British consumer market.
Brazilian regs to be altered to finally create distinct category for supplementsNew regulations set to take effect in Brazil will significantly improve market access for dietary ingredients and finished dietary supplements, an expert says.
LATAM’s regulatory climate: From Argentina to UruguayThe regulation around dietary supplements in Latin America is a patchwork of different approaches, but regulatory bodies and regional associations are pushing for changes and perhaps even some harmonization.
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American Botanical Council herb profile: AshwagandhaFrom countries practicing Ayurvedic medicine to modern-day applications in Canada, the EU and United States, ashwagandha is being incorporated in a variety of products, even as the regulatory and scientific standards evolve. This profile comes from MOU partner American Botanical Council.
AHP Compendium: Ashwagandha root (Withania somnifera) analytical quality control and therapeutic monographSaid to clear the mind and calm the nerves, ashwagandha root has a rich history of use as a strengthening and rejuvenative tonic. The American Herbal Pharmacopoeia develops standards of identity, purity and analysis for botanicals, as well as critically reviewing traditional and scientific data regarding their efficacy and safety.APAC MARKET
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Sabinsa ebook: The new sports nutrition consumer: Are you ready?In this ebook you will learn about the transformation occurring in the sports nutrition segment and five up-and-coming ingredients for sports nutrition products.
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Fish oil may lower mortality risk and shorten ICU stays for sepsis patients: Population studyParenteral nutrition using fish oil can help lower all-cause mortality risk and shorten intensive care stays for critically ill patients with sepsis, according to researchers in China.
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Adaptogenic mushroom blend improved endurance, performanceThe study, published in the American Journal of Sports Science, found that supplementation with a commercially available adaptogenic mushroom blend, including Cordyceps militaris, may improve endurance performance in healthy young adults.
Calcium supplements linked to increased risk of precancerous colon polypsCalcium supplements, with or without vitamin D, could heighten the risk of developing a type of polyp that commonly develops into colorectal cancer, researchers from the University of North Carolina warn.FDA WARNING LETTERS & GUIDANCES
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