FDA's Gottlieb promises action on 'natural' claims, potassium salt petition
After two years of radio silence, during which some legal commentators and several judges dealing with litigation on the issue suspected it might die on the vine, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb gave the clearest indication yet that the agency will attempt to define natural for the purposes of food labeling. He also hinted that FDA may respond favorably to a petition requesting “potassium salt” as an alternative name for “potassium chloride.” Read more→
PCQI Next week! PCQI training in in Phoenix!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.
UNPA Asia Report: A tale of consumer trustTrust is a cornerstone of any industry and foundational for supplements. But consumer research from Nutrition Business Journal suggests that foundation has a few cracks. In this overview of the research findings in the UNPA Asia Report, NBJ Editor Rick Polito suggests that the insights are a call to action for industry stakeholders.
Interested in the China market? Read the UNPA Asia Report today!Access the most recent UNPA Asia Report, a special section inside of Asiaceutical Insights, published in China by Herbridge Media.
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FDA orders recall of a 'contaminated food'—kratom with salmonellaIn a first, FDA has ordered a mandatory recall of a Las Vegas company's powdered kratom product because salmonella was found in the herbal supplement. FDA said the company did not cooperate with the agency's request for a voluntary recall.
New York manufacturer ordered to stop making dietary supplementsA federal court has ordered a dietary supplement manufacturer, Riddhi USA, to stop making and distributing its products until it comes into compliance with FDA regulations and other requirements in a consent decree. The case highlights the consequences of repeated non-compliance with FDA cGMP regulations.M&A ACTIVITY
UAS Labs agrees to acquire Nebraska CulturesWisconsin-based UAS Laboratories has announced the acquisition of Nebraska Cultures Inc., which specializes in custom-manufactured probiotic solutions.
Kerry Taste and Nutrition to acquire Spanish coating supplierKerry Taste and Nutrition has confirmed it is to acquire Spanish coating supplier Hasenosa, expanding its portfolio of ingredients available in Europe.
Nutrition Capital Network: March 2018 deal downloadThree mega deals, the acquisitions of The Nature’s Bounty Co. by KKR, Nutraceutical International by HGGC, and Atrium Innovations by Nestlé, represented approximately 70 supplement brands, many natural retail staples, as well as those sold through practitioner and direct-to-consumer channels.GLOBAL REGULATORY
Experts make the case for European vitamin D fortificationThe benefits of adding vitamin D to food and drink outweigh the challenges of fortification, according to a leading clinical professor and nutrition experts.
'Groundbreaking' regulations set to transform Australian industryAustralia’s new groundbreaking supplement regulations will stand the sector in good stead for the next 30 years, says Carl Gibson, the CEO of national trade body Complementary Medicines Australia.
Coffee must carry cancer warning, California judge rulesSuperior Court Judge Elihu Berle sided with a nonprofit's case against dozens of coffee companies, including Starbucks, Peets and other chains, saying that businesses selling coffee were in violation of the state's Prop 65 regulation, requiring that businesses with at least 10 employees disclose the prevalence of carcinogens and toxic chemicals.POLICY
What role should dietary supplements play in the 2020 Dietary Guidelines?It is the first time that the two federal departments in charge of drafting dietary guidelines for Americans, USDA and HHS, are seeking public comment on the issue. Nutraingredients-USA compiled comments from industry stakeholders to see how supplements are part of the conversation in drafting the 2020-2025 dietary guidelines.PRODUCT TESTING
When greater testing sensitivity can cloud the issue of what’s 'safe'More sensitive testing methods have created a situation in which any natural material can be made to look tainted, according to experts, including James Neal Kababick of UNPA member Flora Research Laboratories.
ConsumerLab tests bone broth productsConsumerLab.comrecently tested popular bone broth liquids and powders sold in the U.S. to find out how much collagen and total protein they contained. The tests revealed that one bone broth contained 62 percent less protein and 75 percent more sodium than listed on its label.MEDIA WATCH
Older Americans are 'hooked' on vitaminsAnother article questioning the use and efficacy of dietary supplements, in spite of the fact that more than half of Americans take them, and among older adults, 29 percent take four or more supplements of any kind. The article suggests that preliminary studies fuel "irrational exuberance" about a promising dietary supplement, but that enthusiasm tends to outpace evidence—in spite of all of the evidence that supports efficacy.
CBD is cannabis that won’t get you high. So why are so many people using it?Once known as the hippie's disappointment, CBD is now working itself into everything from balms to water and quickly becoming the new "it" drug for Generation Anxious.APAC MARKET
China cross-border e-commerce: Too early to say what will happen in 2019Exporters to China have been told to 'watch this space' over cross-border e-commerce rules, which provide the easiest access to the nation's soaring supplement market, but they are due to end this year.UNPA MEMBER NEWS
Meriva, Curcumin Phytosome from IndenaIn this white paper, Indena discusses Meriva Curcumin Phytosome, which, thanks to its characteristics, can represent a reference model for a new type of relationship between the active biological components of turmeric, namely curcuminoids, and the maintenance of our lives.
Study validates Lonza’s UC-II undenatured type-II collagen for osteorarthritis supportResearch published in the journal Osteoarthritis & Cartilage provides further support for Lonza’s UC-II undenatured type-II collagen, with new findings validating its benefits for cartilage health.
Study verifies synergistic properties ofcurcumin and piperineSabinsa has been promoting the combination of Curcumin C3 Complex and BioPerine for more than two decades, based upon research showing the synergy between the company’s proprietary curcumin and piperine ingredients. Now an independent study by scientists at Tufts University and Tohoku University in Japan has affirmed that synergy.
Sabinsa video: Family and accountability as shared valuesMany natural product businesses were started as family organizations, but few have been able to not only maintain that core tenet but expand it to encompass its business partners. In this video, Shaheen Majeed, president of Sabinsa, talks about the founding of Sabinsa and Sami Labs, and the company’s dedication to its employees and farmers.BOTANICALS
Call for new category of herbal products likely to fall on deaf earsSuppliers of herbal ingredients that are well characterized with reams of research continue to chafe about the strictures involved in communicating the benefits of these ingredients in the U.S. market. Word on the street is that the situation is unlikely to change.INNOVATION
Nitta Gelatin launches new gelatin capsule ingredient to inhibit cross linkagesGelatin company Nitta Gelatin has announced the launch of DRG Gelatin, an ingredient for softgels, designed to inhibit cross-linkage reactions, which the company says can reduce efficacy of the drug or supplement within.ORGANIC
Organic foods and beverages more available, but supply hurdles remainDue to consumer demand and interest from finished product brands and retailers, farmers are encouraged to transition to organic, but the process is long and costly.PERSONALIZED MEDICINE
Genomics: Riding the future wave of supplementsPersonalization and diagnostics are going to vet out what’s real and what’s not in the supplement industry, according to supplement industry veteran Tom Aarts. In this session from Expo West, with Roberta Kline of Genoma International, they discuss the exciting area of science that’s changing how we look at health.
Supplement may slow cardiovascular aging by mimicking caloric restrictionDietary supplementation with nicotinamide riboside could activate the same chemical pathways as caloric restriction, say researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder, after a pilot study showed benefits in two measures of heart health.
Study links lutein levels to higher IQSuperior macula pigment optical density—a measure of lutein levels in the eye and brain—is associated with higher IQ levels, says a new study from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Gherkin extract improved exercise performance compared to placebo, says manufacturer-backed studyStudy participants who ingested a branded cucumber extract taken in capsule form twice daily exhibited improved exercise performance, as well as improved anti-inflammatory and immune supportive markers compared to those who took a placebo, according to a recently published study in the Journal of Nutrition and Health Sciences.
Omega-3 for fat-free kids: Study links DHA to higher fat-free body mass in childrenPregnant women supplemented with omega-3 fatty acid DHA during pregnancy are more likely to have children with a higher fat-free mass at age five, suggested researchers from the University of Kansas.
Could low vitamin D put postmenopausal women at risk of metabolic syndrome?Vitamin D deficiency may be closely linked to the onset of metabolic syndrome in postmenopausal women, according to new data from Brazil.FDA WARNING LETTERS & GUIDANCES
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