Happy birthday DSHEA! Now is it time to change you? October marks the 25th anniversary of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA), the 1994 law that gave dietary supplements in the U.S. a regulatory category of their own. DSHEA opened the door to the $40 billion market that exists today. Nutritional Outlook asked a handful of supplement industry stakeholders about how DSHEA has aged—and what a DSHEA 2.0 should look like. They offer insights as to what, if any, changes to the law are needed and whether there should be revisions in the way FDA polices the market. Read more→
December GMP training in Provo, Utah
Former FDA Investigator and UNPA's VP, global regulatory & compliance, Larisa Pavlick will lead the training, which will provide everything you need to know to make sure your facilities are fully compliant with 21 CFR Part 111 before your next inspection. The training is scheduled for Dec.4-5 in Provo, Utah. Click the title to learn more about the training and to register.
UNPA's FSVP training set for February 2020 in Utah
Do you import ingredients or finished goods? Do you know your obligations under the Foreign Supplier Verification Programs regulation? Join former FDA Investigator and UNPA's VP, global regulatory & compliance, Larisa Pavlick for this certificate-based training. Click on the title for more information, why you might need to attend and to register.
UNPA team leads podcast discussions on hemp and CBD
UNPA's Loren Israelsen recently discussed the status of hemp and CBD in conversation with TraceGains' CEO Gary Nowacki. Listen to the podcast, "CBD: Fad or Trend?" here. In another podcast, UNPA's Frank Lampe discussed the state of hemp/CBD regulation in conversation with Pete Thornton of Chatanooga, Tenn.-based Landrace Biosciences, A GMP-certified, bulk CBD product manufacturer. The interview series, geared for the hemp industry, is called, "Call Me Cannabinoids." Listen to it here.
Trump executive orders will affect guidances from FDA and FTC New Trump administration executive orders on guidance documents from regulatory agencies will likely affect the dietary supplement industry, according to attorney Katie Bond from Amin Talati Wasserman.
Early data on FDA portal suggests FSMA is boosting safety Early data on the Food Safety Modernization Act suggests the new law is working as compliance is improving and recalls have hit a five-year low. A new web portal will help track that data.TRADE
October tariff hike suspended; first phase of potential trade deal outlined President Donald Trump outlined the first phase of a deal to end the trade war with China and suspended the October tariff hike, according to Reuters, but officials on both sides said that more work needs to be done before an accord could be agreed upon.
Growing market share in a hot new category: CBD Many consumers are on the hunt for the next "good-for-me" health ingredient, as part of the $450 billion trend in self-care, which has continuously evolved as consumers focus on protein-heavy foods, botanical extracts, probiotics, and more recently cannabinoids, including both cannabis and hemp-derived CBD products.
In search of credibility: CBD beverage brands embrace transparency As startups race to seize shelf space in the emerging market for hemp-infused products, CBD beverage makers have witnessed an influx of competition using low-grade ingredients and mislabeled doses, leading many beverage brands to prioritize transparency and education.
Herbalife to open first product innovation center in China’s ‘silicon valley’ next year Herbalife Nutrition is expected to open its first product innovation center in China by the third quarter of next year.
Chr. Hansen CFO Søren Westh Lonning talks innovation, investment and Q4 disappointment The Danish ingredients supplier has rounded out an overall solid 2018-2019 with a challenging quarter, according to CFO Søren Westh Lonning, with its annual report showing the company reaching €11.6 billion in revenues.
Wellmetrix and DSM announce partnership to deliver comprehensive platform for personalized nutrition Personal health testing developer Wellmetrix and ingredient supplier Royal DSM announced a research collaboration to explore a diagnostic platform for personalized nutrition.
Active Pharmaceutica and BioActor enter into exclusive partnership Brazilian pharmaceutical distributor Active Pharmaceutica and product development supplier BioActor will team up to distribute BioActor’s proprietary sports performance ingredient in Brazil.
Nestlé on board with Swiss nutrition innovation enterprise Nestlé announced it will join a group that looks to build a global innovation ecosystem on food and nutrition specifically promoting start-ups and investment to the Swiss region.
FSMP in China: South Korean products accepted by Chinese authorities for the first time The Chinese authorities have accepted two formula products made by a South Korean firm as Food for Special Medical Purposes (FSMP) for the first time.
Vitamin Shoppe debuts new store concept integrating technology, personalization Vitamin Shoppe recently unveiled a new store concept with the hope to boost sagging revenues by engaging consumers with technology-driven personalization.
Sports nutrition—key trends for 2020 The mainstreaming of sports nutrition is backed by the ever-rising importance of online reviews and ratings and social media validation, according to key findings from a six-pack of sports nutrition subsector reports from Lumina Intelligence.
Latest doping violation put spotlight on contaminated supplements in sports NFL player Brandon Copeland, who had been suspended over a failed drug test, said he plans to file a lawsuit against a company that he claims gave him "contaminated" supplements.
Good sports: Sports nutrition’s moving target As the definition of sports expands, sports nutrition products are undergoing a redefinition of their own in response, expanding upon the benefits they deliver, the means by which they deliver them, and the consumers to whom they are targeted.
AOAC okays cranberry methods AOAC recognition of two cranberry methods means there is finally consensus on how to identify and quantify the proanthocyanins (PACs) within the botanical, the test’s developer says.
If food is medicine, why isn’t it taught at medical schools? Researchers have found that medical school students spend less than 1 percent of their time in class learning about the effects of diet on overall health—and consequentially, a mere 14 percent of doctors feel comfortable offering valuable nutrition advice to their patients.
Wisdom of ethnobotany useful in advancing technology to benefit humanity Ethnobotany is a multidisciplinary field that combines botany, history and ethnology (the study of different human groups and how they interact), and takes the study of botany further by including the human element, how the plants are grown and its practical uses.
Is going big the only way to win in the supplement industry? The inauguration of a huge, shiny, new (well, repurposed) facility leads to the question of what scale in the industry best serves the dietary supplement consumer.
UNPA MEMBER COMPANY NEWS
Sabinsa founder debuts new book on curcumin metabolites A new book, Reductive Metabolites of Curcuminoids, from Sabinsa founder, Chairman and Managing Director Muhammed Majeed, Ph.D., details the transformation of curcumin into its metabolites inside the body and discusses the significance of major metabolites.
Personalized nutrition: Who’s driving M&A activity in the category We’re already seeing consolidation in the personalized nutrition space, with Nestlé Health Science and DSM just two of the multinationals putting their money into the category.
Nutrigenomics: The next generation of personalized nutrition Dozens of companies have cropped up to help consumers personalize their health and nutrition. So how does one company stand out from the rest?
Consumer demand for sustainable packaging Consumers are concerned about the environment and want brands to reduce the use of plastic packaging, which is underscored by a recent FMCG Gurus survey of 20,000 global consumers, showing 61 percent believe brands and manufacturers should be doing more to protect the environment.
Amazon’s sustainable packaging program isn’t catching on, but why not? Amazon has demonstrated interest in sustainability, including introducing programs such as Frustration-Free Packaging, but the program has its pros and cons, and it may impact selling footprint.
Rethinking packaging: Software can help manage the transition to more sustainable packaging Consumer awareness about the environmental hazards of plastic, especially in food and beverage packaging, has reached a tipping point, which is pressuring manufacturers in the food and beverage industry to rethink packaging strategies, revise go-to-market plans and forge new supply chain partners. Fortunately, modern software solutions can help.
UNPA MOU PARTNER EVENTS
NCNPR to host two-day cannabis research course The Natural Products Training Center at the National Center for Natural Products Research (NCNPR), is offering a two-day course on cannabis, which will provide attendees with information on regulatory compliance, authentication, method development, validation and standardization of cannabis for research purposes. The course takes place on Nov. 12-13 at NCNPR at the University of Mississippi. UNPA members can receive a 10 percent discount by entering the code "unpa19" at registration.
Scientists reveal how to make a winning startup investment pitch It’s official—entrepreneurs, who pitch with passion, are most likely to win investment, according to new scientific research from Case Western Reserve University.
What four generations look for in natural personal care products While the shift to greener, cleaner beauty is being driven by consumers of all ages, there are several key differences in the ways that gen Z, millennials, baby boomers and gen Xers approach the category.
Demographics of study participants has big impact on self-reporting bias Self-reported health bias varies drastically from one person to the next, and a recent study has gone some way to show which participants are more likely to misreport.
Ashwagandha extract supports sleep quality and quantity A recently published double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled clinical study found that supplementation with KSM-66 ashwagandha root extract supports sleep quality and quantity.
NAD supplements to be studied in rodent brain development Charles Brenner, the Roy J. Carver chair and head of biochemistry at the University of Iowa, will receive a humanitarian grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to further study NAD, regarded for its role in biological functions, for its physiological benefits to mothers and offspring.
Lycopene and protein beneficial for sperm quality A blend of lycopene and whey protein may improve the quality of sperm in men, as U.K. researchers point to this combination as a way of reducing the impact of modern living on reproductive health.
Taiyo study supports L-theanine for cognitive benefits Supplements containing L-theanine from tea may boost measures of cognitive function, such as verbal fluency and executive function, in healthy adults compared to placebo, according to a new study from Taiyo.
FDA WARNING LETTERS & GUIDANCES
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