FDA unveils draft guidance on best practices for convening a GRAS panel
FDA has issued for public comment a draft guidance on best practices to follow when convening a panel of experts to evaluate whether a substance is “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS) under the conditions of its intended use. Specifically, the guidance highlights best practices for identifying GRAS panel members with appropriate and balanced expertise and taking steps to reduce the risk that bias or the appearance of bias will affect the credibility of the GRAS panel’s report, and limiting data and information provided to a GRAS panel to publicly available information. Read more→
UNPA endorses AHPA's botanical GACP-GMPsUNPA was pleased to this week endorse the American Herbal Products Association's recently released Good Agricultural Collection Practices and Good Manufacturing Practices for Botanical Material (GACP-GMP). The GACP-GMPs provide a template for small and large growers, harvesters and processors to implement and document best practices. The guidance and accompanying assessment tools help industry ensure that herbal raw materials used in consumer products are accurately identified, not adulterated with contaminants that may present a public health risk and fully conform to all quality characteristics for which they are represented. Read more→
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FDA bias against FTIR testing borne of industry’s ignorance, expert saysA recent warning letter to a dietary supplement company shows that FDA is starting to drill down to the next level of GMP compliance in looking at the scientific validity of tests to verify ingredients.
Get cute, get caught: FDA takes firm to task over implied drug claims in product namesGetting clever with product names can be an effective marketing strategy. It can also get a company in trouble with regulators.
In North Dakota, police targeting CBD deferred to DEA marijuana extract ruleThe owner of a health supplements store in the Northern Plains, N.D., who was threatened with criminal prosecution if she restocks her shelves with cannabidiol (CBD) products said she is not willing to begin reselling the hemp-based substance.LEGAL
Owner of Texas vitamin shop sentenced to prisonElias Trevino Jr. received his sentence six months after pleading guilty to possessing a controlled substance with the intent to distribute and one count of receiving a misbranded drug in interstate commerce.
.Florida supplement companies, owners settle FTC chargesThree Florida-based companies, NextGen Nutritionals, Strictly Health Corp., and Cyber Business Technology and their owners, settled FTC charges that they made false or unsubstantiated disease claims for dietary supplements targeting HIV/AIDS, high blood pressure and the common cold.M&A ACTIVITY
Nestlé is said to be among potential suitors for Hain CelestialSeveral companies and buyout firms are interested in acquiring Hain Celestial, according to unnamed sources cited by Bloomberg, including Nestlé SA, which has reportedly already held preliminary discussions with the natural and organic food company.
Ashland takes aim at fast growing global nutraceuticals market, with help from PharmachemAshland is taking aim at the fast-growing global nutraceuticals market by combining its nutrition business with the ingredients processing expertise of recently acquired Pharmachem. The combined unit, which will be called Health and Wellness, will continue to report up through Ashland's Specialty Ingredients segment.
Traditional Medicinals and Urban Moonshine announce new relationshipTraditional Medicinals, a leading seller of wellness teas, recently acquired the assets of Burlington-based Urban Moonshine, an herbal lifestyle brand best known for organic bitters and herbal tonics formulated to support the modern lifestyle.GLOBAL REGULATORY
Dutch authorities issue new safety warning on toxic body building supplementsThe increasing availability of 2,4 dinetrophenol (DNP) on the grey market in the Netherlands has prompted the Dutch Food and Consumer Products Authority to issue a warning against the substance.
German food risk agency warns of health risk posed by whole leaf Aloe preparationsThe German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment has ruled whole leaf aloe preparations containing anthranoids not suitable for use in foods, including food supplements.MARKET TRENDS
The 2018 Fortune Crystal Ball: 59 predictions for the year aheadGood businesses keep up with the hottest trends. Great ones anticipate them. To help companies discern what’s coming next, Fortune has mined the forecasts, predictions, and projections from countless sources and polled Fortune’s in-house experts to bring this look at the coming year.
The big Washington food fightThe food industry is divided on how to react to changing consumer demands for healthier, fresher, more transparently marketed products—and that’s caused some turmoil for the Grocery Manufacturing Association, the food industry’s most powerful lobbying group.INNOVATION
Former Whole Foods co-CEO: HeatGenie makes customer ‘center of world’HeatGenie, which produces small heaters used to warm food or beverage products, is betting that it's founda technology that can offer consumers more choices in their consumption habits and open up more merchandising options in store. The company has assembled a team of seasoned industry execs, including former Whole Foods Market co-CEO Walter Robb, to bring it to market.UNPA MEMBER NEWS
Nature’s Way joins wave of condition-specific turmeric productsNature’s Way has joined the trend of targeted turmeric formulas with the launch of two products, one aimed at joint health and the other zeroing in on cardiovascular support.
4Life celebrates 10 years in EuropeAs part of the celebration in Salou, Spain, distributors enjoyed several days in Ferrari Land park at the Port Aventura World theme park. The event also featured recognition of new International Diamonds and Presidential Diamonds.
2017 person of the year: Amazon’s Jeff BezosWhole Foods Magazine has named its 2017 Person of the Year. On Amazon time, what would take some companies a year to accomplish happens in a month — or even less. The force behind Amazon’s relentless drive is Jeffrey P. Bezos, whose assets now total about $90 billion, making him the richest man in the world.
GOED and William Reed announce global event partnershipto support omega-3 industryThe collaboration will expand the number of global touch points for the omega-3 community, with the Nutraingredients Omega-3 Conference in the off years between the GOED Exchange.
OmniActive adds new sales managers for North American regionsTo support further expansion in concentrated market areas, OmniActive Health Technologies, based in Morristown, N.J., has hired industry veterans Ray Bonaventura and Lisa Clark as sales managers, with Bonaventura overseeing California and Canada, while Clark focuses on the U.S. Southeast.
NOW honored by economic development authority of western Nevada for sustainability commitmentThe Economic Development Authority of Western Nevadahonored NOW with the Leader in Sustainability – Large Company Award in the Greater Reno-Sparks, Nev., area's 6th Annual Industry Awards.MARKET RESEARCH
Why do teenagers use supplements and where do they get their advice?Many adolescents use supplements to increase sports performance or improve immunity, finds a new study that also suggests that supplements are used despite a lack of knowledge about possible harmful effects.
Packaged Facts: Functional claims and ingredients continue to lure U.S. consumers shying away from traditional 'snacks'From RTD protein shakes to snack bars made of moringa, about half (49 percent) of all US consumers buy nutritional bars, beverages, or both, according to the latest numbers crunched by market research firm Packaged Facts.
Global lipid nutrition market valued at $6.2 billion in 2016According to Coherent Market Insights, the global lipid nutrition market will see a projected CAGR of 8.98 percent over the forecast period (2017-2025), as global healthcare authorities are actively promoting use of lipid nutrition products to reduce chronic diseases.
Survey shows continued widespread confusion about magnesiumA recent survey conducted by magnesium supplement manufacturer Jigsaw Health found that many consumers know this trace mineral is important but few know why.
CAM use on the rise among women: surveyUse of complementary and alternative medicine, including supplements and teas, is increasing with 89 percent of Hispanic women and 81 percent of non-Hispanic white women reporting they use the products, according to a survey from the New Jersey website of the Study of Women’s Health across the nation.
Meticulous Research predicts the global microencapsulation market worth $9,241 million by 2022This market is primarily driven by the growing demand from the functional food industry, pharmaceutical industry for controlled release and targeted release of active compounds, and agrochemical sector.RESEARCH
Bifidobacterium strain may halt or reverse cognitive decline in Alzheimers patients: Japanese studyOral consumption of Bifidobacterium breve strain A1 may counter cognitive dysfunction.
Yerba mate shows promise for weight management and metabolic health: mouse studyDietary supplementation with yerba mate alleviated diet-induced obesity and markers of metabolic disorders in mice, according to a new study in the Journal of Medicinal Food.
New study links supplementation of three mineral chelates with better aerobic performanceCompared to protein and amino acids, minerals aren’t often in the sports nutrition spotlight, but Ohio State University researchers found that supplementing women with three mineral chelates, carnitine and phosphatidylserine increased aerobic exercise.
Review details growing scientific backing for curcumin benefitsEven if one excludes the many studies on curcumin that have disease end points, the research backing for this potent suite of polyphenols continues to grow, according to authors of a new paper, “Curcumin: A review of its effects on human health.”
New publication calls for establishment of dietary reference intake for luteinLutein is ready to be considered for intake recommendations,” asserted the authors of a new paper published online in the European Journal of Nutrition.
Healthy vitamin D levels could help prevent rheumatoid arthritisResearchers at the University of Birmingham have found that maintaining sufficient vitamin D levels may help to prevent the onset of inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis.
Survey reports improved health after avoiding genetically modified foodsIn a new article released last week in the International Journal of Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine, the Institute for Responsible Technology revealed that nearly every person in their study that switched to a non-GMO diet, or simply reduced the amount of GMO foods they ate, saw an improvement in their health.ETC.
How to sell without selling out and buy without burying the brandNew Chapter risked being abandoned by its tribe for selling out to P&G in 2012. Sara Newmark, the company's former director of sustainability (since this article was published, Newmark has become VP of social impact at UNPA member FoodState), discusses how the company maintained a pioneering position and kept its eye on the vision as it saw two major shifts in ownership.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.