Impending decision on vitamin C price-fixing case could have wide-ranging implications
A vitamin C price-fixing case that has found its way into the U.S. Supreme Court could have wide-ranging effects for the price of other vitamins and ingredients as well, according to experts, includingUNPA MOU partner Scott Steinford of the CoQ10 Association and Trust Transparency. Oral arguments for the case are this week. Read more→
PCQI training in Lehi, Utah, June 5-7
It's the last scheduled UNPA PCQI training of 2018! Registration is open for the June 5-7 training in Lehi, Utah, which meets FDA's PCQI training requirements. Learn who must comply, course agenda and additional information at the UNPA website.
UNPA Asia Report: U.S Dietary Supplement Market Trends--From pills to food
In 2018, the dietary supplement industry is seeing a period of high consumer usage and trust. But an information-empowered population is now also demanding specifics about the products they consume and prompting an evolution in usage and delivery formats. This article from the UNPA Asia Report offers a look at how these trends are playing out in product development.
Less than two weeks away: The 2018 UNPA Members' Retreat!
There's still time to register for the 2018 UNPA Members' Retreat, May 8-10, in Park City, Utah. Click on the link above to access the agenda and lodging information and to register.
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Class actions move past 'natural' to attacking processing steps, other weaknesses
Firms filing class-action lawsuits have used actions aimed at companies making natural claims to springboard into a host of other vulnerable areas of labeling and packaging, according to Denver-based attorney Justin Prochnow of UNPA member Greenberg Traurig.
California appeals court hands Monsanto a legal setback
A California state appeals court dealt Monsanto a legal defeat last week, ruling the state was well within in its legal bounds when it decided to list a weed-killing chemical, glyphosate, as a possible cancer-causing agent.
Bai Brands latest target in malic acid lawsuits: Dr. Pepper blasts meritless complaints
Bai Brands, owned by Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, is the latest high-profile brand to be sued over claims that the malic acid in its beverages is produced from petrochemicals and serves as a flavoring agent that could trigger “artificially flavored” labeling on pack.
Sabinsa wins latest curcumin patent infringement lawsuit
Sabinsa announced that in April, the U.S. District Court in New Jersey awarded the company $850,000 in damages, ruling that Olive Lifesciences infringed on its patent covering novel methods and formulations for producing tetrahydrocurcuminoids.
Romney forced to compete in Utah primary for Senate seat
Mitt Romney failed to win the Utah Republican Party's nomination for a Senate seat, which means he must compete in a June primary against Mike Kennedy.
Supplement Owl product registry reaches first anniversary
With one year under its wing, the industry-wide dietary supplement registry includes 10,000 labels.
Multivitamins—the implications of a definition for policy, science and consumer expectations
The choice of multivitamin-mineral products is vast: There are options for women, pregnant women, men, seniors, infants, kids and teens, and they come in many forms and with different doses. But is there a need for a baseline definition?
Side effects prompt French authorities to issue melatonin supplement warning
French authorities are urging certain populations to avoid consuming food supplements containing melatonin after incidences of adverse effects were reported to the country’s nutrivigilance scheme.
Fighting non-compliance: ESSNA upping the ante on sports nutrition rule breakers
European sports nutrition association ESSNA says it has tackled more than 400 potentially dangerous products since the launch of its campaign five years ago--adding that it urges anyone aware of illegal activity by sports nutrition firms to step forward.
AHP publishes 2018 Herbal QRS Bulletin
The American Herbal Pharmacopoeia has published its 2018 Quality, Research, Safety bulletin, including news, reviews and commentary on the latest science and issues around botanicals. This issue includes a review of quality indicators for TCM and hemp cultivation and production challenges.
Chr. Hansen to harness pharma knowhow in pact to address allergies
Chr. Hansen announced a plan to collaborate with Prota Therapeutics in a partnership looking into developing a probiotic approach to address peanut allergies.
FDA advisory panel recommends approval of CBD drug
An FDA advisory committee this week unanimously recommended supporting the approval of a new drug application filed by GW Pharmaceuticals for Epidiolex, a CBD medicine to treat severe forms of epilepsy.
FDA triggered industry shift from ‘CBD’ to ‘hemp extracts’ in dietary supplements
Amid the escalating demand for CBD in the United States, many companies are selling “hemp extracts,” a strategy based on regulatory and scientific considerations. Marketers of hemp extracts must distinguish their products from the compound (CBD) under investigation by GW Pharmaceuticals.
Secret to hemp industry success: Scale
Josh Hendrix, director of development and domestic production at CV Sciences, discusses the power of research to refine the hemp-growing process in the U.S. and its ability to provide jobs throughout the CBD supply chain.
Whole Foods Market to shutter rewards program and hints at something bigger
Amazon is about to make a big move that will further integrate its business within Whole Foods Market. The natural foods grocer will discontinue its rewards program, in-store loyalty programs and digital coupons on its mobile app and website as of May 2, indicating that it will soon be folded into the Amazon Prime program.
China’s emerging dietary supplement market opportunities and challenges
Even as regulators seek a more streamlined process for supplements in China, investors, retailers and customers continue to focus on cross-border e-commerce.
Asia Pacific is sports nutrition’s next hotspot
Sports nutrition sales are expected to grow fastest in Asia Pacific, outpacing North America.
How biotech is addressing transparency in the ingredient supply chain
With the surge of new manufacturing technologies, it’s critical for industry to understand the evolving biotech landscape. In this Expo West session, panelists, including UNPA President Loren Israelsen and member Shaheen Majeed of Sabinsa, discuss the complex issues of trust, transparency and purity in the ingredient supply chain when it comes to sourcing, manufacturing and communicating with consumers.
Ingestible skincare for men is a growing market, new consumer research suggests
According to a new consumer survey conducted by lycopene ingredients specialist Lycored, men are a promising market for beauty-from-within products. The company surveyed 480 male and female consumers in the U.K. and France about their attitudes toward skincare, health and appearance, and found that men were significantly more open to the idea of ingestible skincare than women.
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Bastyr University appoints Harlan Patterson as new president
The Bastyr University board of trustees unanimously voted to appoint Harlan Patterson as the university's president. Patterson stepped into the office as interim president in July 2017, following nearly six years of service on Bastyr University’s Board of Trustees, and has continued to guide the university in the execution of its five-year strategic plan.
Great expectations: Personalized nutrition promise belies status as an emerging science
The promise of personalized nutrition could be overshadowing the reality of this sector as an emerging field, leaving it prone to oversimplification in order to attract consumer interest.
Five charts explain natural products industry growth today
The omnichannel era is upon us. Online sales of natural and organic products are growing fast, but they still make up less than 5 percent of overall sales—and even less in the natural and organic food and beverage category.
Nutraceutical blend may help protect against future CVD onset
A nutraceutical agent containing fermented red rice, phytosterols and olive polyphenols appears to reduce the damage to blood vessels in those at low risk for developing cardiovascular disease.
RCT supports probiotics LGG and BB12 for teen oral health
A combination of Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG (LGG) and Bifidobacterium lactis BB-12 may improve the gingival health in adolescents, according to results of a randomized placebo-controlled clinical trial.
Astaxanthin, a novel and promising anti-aging agent: China/Japan mouse study
The anti-aging power of astaxanthin has been underlined by a new mouse study, which also highlighted its liver and muscular function benefits.
Compounds in grapes, dark chocolate, coffee and blueberries may treat depression
Two compounds found in red wine, dark chocolate, coffee, grapes and blueberries can be used to treat depression, according to a study published by a researcher with the School of Neuroscience at Virginia Tech.
Blueberry supplementation may impact gut microbiota and inflammation
Anthocyanin-rich blueberries may change the composition of our gut microbiota and produce improvements in systemic inflammation, according to a new study with rats from the University of Georgia.