ICSB conference provides discussion, debate on top industry issues, CBD and DSHEA 2.0 Thought-provoking and robust discussion was again the norm at the annual International Conference on the Science of Botanicals, hosted by the National Center for Natural Products Research at the University of Mississippi. Among the highlights: noted industry critic Pieter Cohen, M.D., said FDA's enforcement is overly deliberate, making any discussion about revisions to DSHEA more or less moot. The booming hemp/CBD industry was top-of-mind as attendees learned it may be threatened by synthetic cannabinoids that are flooding the market. Prominent physician and herbalist Tieraona Low Dog, M.D., gave her perspective on dietary supplement product development in the years since DSHEA’s passage, which she said has made it increasingly difficult to communicate with patients about product effects. There was also discussion about the creation of a new herbal medicine category to address ambiguities as a goal of potential plans to create a new regulatory framework for supplements. Read coverage:
Critic says FDA's slow enforcement makes DSHEA 2.0 a side issue→
Flood of synthetics cannabinoids threatens to undermine CBD market, experts say→
Plethora of supplement forms confuse communication with patients, physician says→
Commentary: Fixing the position of botanicals→
View UNPA's Expo West Members' Meeting presentation
View and download the PPT presentation from UNPA's 2019 Expo West Members' Meeting on March 6. Access requires member login.
Expert Insights OnDemand: Highlights of the inaugural Nutraingredients-USA Sports Nutrition Summit
NEW! Highlights from the inaugural Nutraingredients-USA Sports Nutrition Summit, held in San Diego, in January 2019, are now available to view OnDemand. Presenter Stephen Daniells, Editor-in-Chief of NutraIngredients-USA, discusses the state of the sports nutrition market; how formulators can get a quick overview of the state of the science; the white spaces in the market; and cutting-edge technology.
'Insidious: How synthetic biology threatens your natural ingredient supply chain' PPT is now available
NEW! The PPT presentation from the UNPA co-sponsored session, “INSIDIOUS: How synthetic biology threatens your natural ingredient supply chain,” presented at Expo West on March 6, is now available for viewing and downloading.
Registration now open for Preventive Controls Quality Individual training, June 26-28
UNPA will conduct Preventive Controls Quality Individual (PCQI) training with a focus on hemp and other botanically derived ingredients, June 26-28, in Westminster/Denver, Colo. Registration is now open with a $100 early-bird discount through April 15.
The UNPA Retreat is two weeks away! Register today!
There's still time to register and secure a nearby hotel room. UNPA's annual members' retreat, April 30-May 2, in Charleston, S.C., is less than a month away, and the agenda has been updated with speakers.
FDA launches tool to quickly alert consumers of unlawful ingredients marketed as supplements Dubbed the Dietary Supplement Ingredient Advisory List, the tool is intended to provide rapid notification to consumers of unlawful ingredients in order to better protect them from potentially dangerous ingredients.
Kratom group: CDC report doesn’t show botanical caused deaths A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention leaves unanswered questions surrounding the deaths of people who tested positive for kratom. The report states that nearly 100 deaths in the United States involved kratom, highlighting potential concerns over the safety of the botanical. But the report doesn’t establish kratom actually caused any of the deaths, according to the American Kratom Association.
Marketers of cognitive improvement supplements settle FTC charges Twelve corporate entities and four individual defendants targeted by U.S. regulators settled charges that they deceptively marketed dietary supplements for “cognitive improvement,” using a variety of shady tactics.
DSHEA AT 25
DSHEA was not carved in stone CRN president and CEO Steve Mister suggests in this commentary that DSHEA isn’t sacred or even perfect and that the law has already been amended twice before. He suggests that new proposals should be evaluated through the lens of maintaining the law’s important balancing act rather than sparking controversy.
State regulation of CBD CBD supplements and foods face many challenges and opportunities in 2019 and in the years to follow. One of the biggest unknowns is how states will regulate CBD and other hemp products, and this will have a significant impact on the CBD marketplace.
Blackmores to overhaul business strategy as 3Q profits plunge by 43 percent Australian supplements manufacturer Blackmore announced weak Q3 results thanks to slower domestic and China sales, but the firm is confident its new development strategies will get it back on track.
EFSA deems protein isolates safe for extended use in infant formula and supplements The European Food and Safety Authority’s Panel on Nutrition, Novel Foods, and Food Allergens concludes that basic whey protein isolates are safe under new proposed conditions of use.
Sports nutrition supplements containing betaine could push intake over safe limit, EFSA warns The European Food Safety Authority’s approval of additional uses of betaine comes with a caveat as the agency warns sports people taking supplements containing the amino acid that they may exceed safe levels.
When did vitamins get so cool? There’s an undeniable surplus of “cool” vitamin companies these days that are finding major success with millennials and gen Xers on platforms, such as Instagram. Their ability to capture the market, however, depends largely on aesthetics and the increasingly ambiguous line between self-care and medicine.
Opportunity or threat? The dangers of mass market sports nutrition As sports nutrition becomes increasingly of interest to mainstream consumers, is this all one great opportunity for brands or is this mass orientation diluting the messages and alienating the core consumers?
Bezos on Amazon: Just a small player in global retail In his annual letter to shareholders, Jeff Bezos downplayed the size and influence of Amazon on a global scale—which isn’t too far off from the truth. However, the CEO’s plans to grow Amazon “from at least four different sources” and scale up its physical retail presence hint that it won’t remain a small player for long in the coming years.
Eight key business learnings from growing Stonyfield into what it is today This April marked the 35th anniversary for Stonyfield Farm, which is now the world’s largest organic yogurt company. Like most of the pioneering brands in the natural products space, Stonyfield began in a far different era than today’s robust marketplace. Founder Gary Hirshberg offers some lessons he learned along the way.
How to make science-based nutrition sexy: Change the tech before tech changes nutrition The world of nutrition has evolved faster than education or legislation, and it’s time for nutrition experts to be at the forefront of new technologies set to shake the industry because if you can’t beat them, you have to join them.
GW Pharmaceuticals appoints Darren Cline as its new CCO GW Pharmaceuticals announced the appointment of Darren Cline as its new U.S. chief commercial officer. An accomplished biopharmaceutical executive, Cline will lead the Epidiolex U.S. commercial organization, succeeding Julian Gangolli, who is retiring and will work with Cline as he transitions into the organization.
Danish team harnesses method to turn biowaste into protein supplements A new initiative in Denmark is exploring the possibilities of producing food supplements using protein extracted from organic waste in research.
UNPA MEMBER COMPANY NEWS
Sirio innovation specialists to collaborate on a global scale Nutraceutical contract development and manufacturing organization Sirio Pharma is collaborating to help customers bring innovative, safe and effective products quickly to market. With access to the most recent market data, Sirio’s 100+ scientists and industry experts, based in Asia, Europe and the U.S., will combine research and development efforts to focus on proactive innovation.
MOU MEMBER NEWS
GOED launches 'Proud Member' logo The Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3s (GOED) has launched the GOED Proud Member logo. While not a certification program or a product quality seal, the GOED Proud Member logo is an indication of a company’s commitment to ethical business practices and the manufacturing of quality omega-3 products.
Vitamin K2 developer on a mission to impose global recommended daily intake Nattopharma ASA is working to establish a global K2-specific recommended daily intake as part of an awareness campaign targeting health professionals, legislators and consumers.
Study: B2B buyers want a seamless e-commerce experience B2B buyers have been spoiled by Amazon Business. They now want a personalized digital experience with 24/7 customer service from all their suppliers, according to a study by Avionos, called "Positioning Strategic B2B E-commerce in a Digital-First World."
How to engage email readers You’ve heard of the 80/20 rule, which says 80 percent of your sales will come from 20 percent of your customers. But here’s another 80/20 rule that you may or may not know about: 20 percent of your content should promote your business, and 80 percent should be educational and/or entertaining. The article offers ideas for making content interesting and entertaining.
Prebiotics, probiotics to be 'fastest growing' segment in Latin American functional foods Prebiotics and probiotics will be the fastest growing functional foods in Latin America over the next seven years, fueled by consumer desire for general health and wellbeing benefits, according to a new report from Grand View Research.
Immune support supplements gaining popularity with consumers of all types According to data from market research firm SPINS, products with a cold-and-flu focus racked up almost $1.13 billion in total conventional multi-outlet retail sales during the 52 weeks ending November 4, 2018—a jump of 15 percent over the previous year.
One-third of cancer patients use complementary and alternative medicine One-third of people with a cancer diagnosis use complementary and alternative medicines, such as meditation, yoga, acupuncture, herbal medicine and dietary supplements. Herbal supplements were the most common alternative medicine, and chiropractic—osteopathic manipulation—was the second most common, according to analysis by Nina Sanford, M.D., an assistant professor of Radiation Oncology from UT Southwestern Medical Center, whose findings were published in the journal JAMA Oncology.
New prebiotics: Study shows gut health benefits of pitaya, dragon fruit Researchers in Thailand fed mice with oligosaccharides extracted from pitaya, commonly known as dragon fruit. They found potential digestive health benefits, including a laxative effect.
Nitrate-rich beetroots may protect against salt-induced hypertension Small amounts of beetroot or dietary nitrates added to salty foods may help protect against increases in blood pressure, according to new research on rats from the University of California, the Czech Academy of Sciences and Michigan State University.
Winemaking byproduct has potential for fiber fortification An extract of grape pomace, a solid byproduct of winemaking, has a “promising application [as an] antioxidant dietary fiber ingredient,” report researchers from Brazil.
Green coffee improved metabolic syndrome in new rat study Researchers in Australia observed mitigated body-weight gain and normalized systolic blood pressure among rats supplemented with green coffee extract compared to rats that did not receive the extract.
Nicotinamide riboside linked to cardiovascular benefits A preclinical study showed that supplementation with vitamin B3 nicotinamide riboside (NR, or Niagen from Chromadex Corp.) may help maintain heart function. The study, from Kings College London, also presents preliminary human data to support future testing of NR in humans.
FDA WARNING LETTERS & GUIDANCES
Current FDA enforcement actions and guidances Keep 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.
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