Fish oils, ginseng added to Trump’s latest tariff lists
Dietary supplements have still mostly escaped the most recent iteration of tariff lists for Chinese goods from the Trump administration. The real risk is not to the bottom line but to trade relationships in general, according to industry experts. Meanwhile, the Office of U.S. Trade Representative has made a request for comments concerning China’s acts, policies and practices related to technology transfer, intellectual property and innovation. Submission of written comments are due Aug. 17, 2018. Read coverage:
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FSVP training in Sandy, Utah, Sept. 20-21
If you import ingredients for food or dietary supplement use, click on the link above to see if you should attend this FSMA-based training session to ensure regulatory compliance! This two-day training will be held Sept. 20-21 in Sandy, Utah.
The 2Q18 UNPA Asia Report
The 2Q18 issue of the UNPA Asia Report, a 16-page mini-magazine published in Asiaceutical Insights, distributed in China and Asia, is now available for viewing and downloading.
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Experts say Cochrane review that finds little support for CVD benefits of omega-3s fails to properly weight 'totality of evidence'
A new review from Cochrane has come to the conclusion that there is not enough evidence to support the effects of omega-3s on forestalling heart disease, stroke or death. Research experts say results need to be taken seriously, but they are questioning ways in which reviewers chose what they considered to be the relevant research. In a statement, GOED also questions the study selection and notes the decades of research showing the cardioprotective effects of omega-3s.
DEA clarifies nexus between cannabinoid and controlled substances
The presence of cannabinoids, DEA stated in a directive published in late spring, does not necessarily render a material a controlled substance. The directive was part of many actions DEA agreed to take as part of a settlement to resolve a lawsuit, according to the Hemp Industries Association.
Sensient acquires water-extraction innovator Mazza
Mazza's PhytoClean solvent-free, water-based extraction technology will now benefit from the production of Sensient’s natural and organic plant-based ingredients. The companies describe PhytoClean as “a water-based extraction process that concentrates bioactives by pressurizing water at moderate temperatures, greatly increasing the water’s ability to solubilize bioactive compounds from botanical sources.”
Trump’s USDA is killing rules that organic food makers want
The organic industry has sought out government oversight to reassure consumers. Now some worry that deregulation could chip away at that confidence.
Organic by the numbers
This infographic shows 2016 sales of U.S. organic food and beverages hit a record-breaking $43 billion, accounting for 5.3 percent of total food sales in United States. Sales of non-food organic products increased by almost 9 percent to $3.9 billion, with organic fiber, supplements and personal care products accounting for most of those sales.
EU permits market entry of egg lysozyme hydrolysate for supplement use
The European Commission has authorized the use of egg white lysozyme hydrolysate as a novel food in food supplements and other food categories, such as a fortification ingredient.
Revising the EU FSMP regulatory framework: Laying a foundation for future nutritional patient care
This article addresses the 2010-2017 full revision of the regulatory framework in the European Union for Food for Special Medical Purposes (FSMP) and summarizes key advocacy messages critical to the pragmatic and successful regulation of this special category of foods to ensure their availability to patients and healthcare professionals.
Four of the world’s largest food companies have a new plan for fixing food and farm policy
A year after America’s powerful food association, the Grocery Manufacturers Association, began to lose members, four of the world’s largest food companies are launching an association of their own. The Sustainable Food Policy Alliance, unveiled by the U.S. divisions of Danone, Mars, Nestlé and Unilever, says it will fight for progressive food policies—from conservation programs to prominent nutrition labels—that have long been eschewed by major food-makers. The new association says it believes GMO technology is safe.
To curb exploitation, Florida now requires special permit to harvest saw palmetto
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services now requires saw palmetto harvesters and sellers to obtain a special permit, winning applause from ingredient suppliers and botanical industry trade groups.
Krill companies agree not to fish sensitive Antarctic Ocean
In a move sparked by a Greenpeace action campaign, Antarctic krill fisheries have agreed to cease fishing in sensitive areas of the Antarctic Ocean. While not every fishery has pledged its support, an estimated 85 percent of krill fisheries are in. They include Aker BioMarine, Rimfrost, CNFC, Insung and Pesca Chile.
China in focus: Probiotics from sports nutrition to weight management—the market is booming
China’s probiotic market is going from strength to strength, with suppliers and industry experts reporting rapid growth. As one of China’s rising star sectors, the probiotics market is the subject of a three part series on China in focus.
SupplySide China report
Thousands of visitors attended the combined InterHealthExpo, International Food Exhibition, and SupplySide China events June 28-30 in Guangzhou, China. See photos of the event in this slideshow.
Is more data needed to determine the safety of probiotics and prebiotics?
Experts and industry associations have questioned the findings of a new study that claims more data on the safety of probiotics and prebiotics is needed—with just 2 percent of clinical trials reporting full safety data.
Kroger roles out app to spur healthier grocery shopping
The Kroger Co. has launched a mobile app to help customers make smarter decisions in grocery shopping for health and wellness. Called OptUP, the free app provides users with a score indicating a product’s nutritional and/or health attributes, based on nationally recognized dietary guidelines enhanced by Kroger-registered dietitians.
Consultant launches new regulatory compliance certification for dietary supplement companies
Curtis Walcker is the consultant/owner of the consulting firm Dietary Supplement Experts LLC. He launched a new certification, based on client feedback, to focus on everything from GMPto FTC compliance.
Product built on effervescent delivery, solid nutrient punch survives fractious foundation
Putting new energy into what was once a struggling brand has yielded an energy product, called PepPod,that an executive believes can be a game changer in the space.
EW Nutrition and Acies Bio joint venture develops technology to transform dairy by-product into vitamin B12
Whey2Value, a German-based joint venture established by EW Nutrition and Acies Bio, has developed a technology that uses whey as a substrate to produce a natural form of vitamin B12.
Evolution of delivery forms: From tablets to tacos
The sky is the limit for new, innovative supplement delivery forms. Consumers want them, so it’s time to get creative.
IFT Report: New gelatin tackles advanced gummy application; Non-GMO food enzymes line debuts
The new SiMoGel gelatin ingredient from Rousselot is specifically designed for starchless molds and is aimed at producing functional and traditional gelatin-based gummies. Amano Enzyme USA, in Elgin, Ill., is introducing a new line of non-GMO food enzymes. A large portion of the company’s enzymes portfolio is now available non-GMO, including proteases and lipases used in food applications, the firm says. Both products debuted this week at the Institute of Food Technologists Annual Meeting and Food Expo in Chicago.PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Daniel Mabey, UNPA’s Asia general manager, speaking about opportunities in the China market at SupplySide China last month.Photo: Informa Exhibitions
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Eurofins partners with DuPont for strain-level probiotic genotyping
Responding to the need for strain-specific probiotic testing, Eurofins becomes the first third-party laboratory to employ DuPont’s polymerase-chain-reaction (PCR) genotyping assays to identify probiotics at the strain level.
Judge finds Young Living acted in bad faith and awards dōTERRA nearly $2 million in legal fees and costs
A Utah Fourth Judicial District Court has awarded dōTERRA defendants $1.8 million in attorney’s fees and approximately $50,000 in out-of-pocket costs.This ruling will close the six years of litigation instigated in 2012 by Young Living, when it alleged a "breach of contract, violations of Utah’s Trade Secret Act, unfair competition …., and multiple tort claims.”
AANP names Standard Process Corporate Partner of the Year for 2018
At its annual convention last week, the American Association of Naturopathic Medicine (AANP) recognized Standard Process as Corporate Partner of the Year for its efforts to promote the goals, projects, activities and functions of AANP and naturopathic medicine as well as its exceptional industry leadership and its contribution to provide a body of products/services for naturopathic medicine.
UNPA members honored in inaugural Nutraingredients-USA Awards
NutraIngredients-USA announced the winners for its inaugural awards, which attracted more than 110 entries across 12 categories. Among the UNPA members honored were PLT Health Ingredients, Now Foods and Sabinsa. The awards were sponsored by UAS Labs and UNPA member KGK Science.
Amin Talati names Ivan Wasserman managing partner
Regulatory and intellectual property law firm Amin Talati Upadhye announced that Ivan Wasserman has been elected to succeed Rakesh Amin as the firm's managing partner.
Exploring technology and transparency in China
In June, IngredientsOnline.com hosted its inaugural Technology & Transparency tour of China. Participants from Cott Beverage Solutions, Innophos Nutrition, the National Animal Supplement Council, Shaklee, Promotion in Motion, NOW Foods and ADH Health were on board to visit five partner factories for behind-the-scenes tours. Informa’s Heather Granato shares some insights from the tour.
TwinLab partner: What nutrition industry and consumers get wrong about sleep
In a new partnership with Twinlab, "Sleep Doctor" Michael Breus hopes to inspire a new way of thinking about nutrition and sleep.
Healthy aging: Better diets or personalized nutrition: What’s the best approach?
Do we need precise nutrition or a generally nutritional diet to achieve good health in old age? A group of panelists expressed differing views at the first Healthy Aging APAC Summit, organized by NutraIngredients-Asia and FoodNavigator-Asia.
Weight loss presents 'lucrative' opportunity in nutrigenomics
Nutrigenomics remains a growing niche within the burgeoning personalized nutrition trend, but there is significant potential to spark mass appeal with a focus on weight loss.
How lifestyle dietary supplements use social media instead of science on packaging to sell brands
Does a new minimalist approach to dietary supplement packaging mean brands no longer need to put science front and center?
Gaia Herbs, Ritual, Indena on transparency in supplements to win consumer trust
From profiling their suppliers to setting up codes consumer can look up, supplement brands are using transparency to win over consumer trust.
Millennials want brands with values, but, really, a good deal more
A new study from Morning Consult provides data that seems to confirm the growing theory that companies need to stand for something to attract the attention of millennials, at least in part. The researchers note it is not always true, or is more true for some issues than others.
Burning out at work: French oak wood extract may help
Daily supplementation with an extract from French oak wood may help reduce symptoms of fatigue associated with burnout syndrome, says a new pilot study from Italy.
Review finds promising, if preliminary, data backing mood support effects for probiotics, prebiotics, omega-3s
A recent review of studies on interventions with probiotics, prebiotics and omega-3s shows that there is promising data backing these ingredients' effects on ameliorating anxiety, stress and depression. But much more research is needed to identify pathways, biomarkers and modes of action.
Could active folate help boost IVF chances? Fertility study backs 5-MTHF over folic acid
Couples undergoing fertility treatments may benefit from genetic screening and supplementation with 5-MTHF glucosamine salt (active folate), instead of the high doses of folic acid traditionally used, researchers from France and the U.K. say.
Clinical trial finds Telos95 supports cellular health
Certified Nutraceuticals lauded the positive results of a year-long human clinical trial on its highly purified, proprietary, natural ingredient Telos95—a scientifically validated antioxidant ingredient for telomere health support, which was found to significantly decrease telomere age after six months of supplementation.
Study links Zynamite to benefits for sport performance and recovery
Researchers examined the effect of Mangifera indica L. leaf extract rich in mangiferin (Zynamite), administered with either quercetin and tiger nut extract, or with luteolin on sprint performance and recovery from ischemia-reperfusion. The researchers at University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria found the extract from Nextium exerted a remarkable ergogenic effect, increased muscle power in fatigued subjects, and enhanced peak VO2and brain oxygenation in women during prolonged sprinting.
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