Is consumer concern over glyphosate at a tipping point?
With news of healthy products suffering glyphosate contamination, underscored by a much-publicized Environmental Working Group study that found higher-than comfortable levels in breakfast products, food and beverage companies are preparing for a deluge of increased consumer unease about pesticides in products. To convince consumers that their products are free from the herbicide, some companies seek verification from The Detox Project’s Glyphosate Residue Free certification, which tests food straight out of the box, offering assurance to both brands and end-users. The project has been overwhelmed by industry inquiries over the past six months. Read coverage:
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UNPA/Eurofins CBD and Dietary Supplement Symposium NEXT WEEK! Join the UNPA and Eurofins staffs on Oct. 4 at Eurofins' Lafayette, Colo., facility for this one-day symposium discussing the regulatory and legislative status of hemp/CBD products and a deep dive into testing and analytical methods issues.
Greenwich Biosciences' Epidiolex receives DEA Schedule V listing
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) placed a marijuana-derived drug in Schedule V of the Controlled Substances Act on Thursday. The medication, Greenwich Biosciences' Epidiolex, contains purified cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychoactive ingredient in cannabis. It was approved as a treatment option for severe forms of epilepsy by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in June. Following that approval, the DEA was given 90 days to make a scheduling decision for the product.
CV Sciences ventures into food space following CBD safety assessment
CV Sciences recently received self-affirmed GRAS status, demonstrating the safety of its "hemp-derived CBD gold extract." But FDA could disagree with the assessment, and many regulatory hurdles remain to marketing CBD in foods and supplements, lawyers said.
What happens if Congress misses the farm bill deadline?
Congress likely will not pass a new farm bill by its Sunday deadline. In the past, lawmakers passed extensions until a new bill was approved and as much as a one-year extension may be needed. As the Senate and the House continue to fight over a work requirement for SNAP recipients, at least one expert says Congress may not be in tune with that what the public wants from the Farm Bill.
IPA defends probiotics safety and efficacy after questions by Pieter Cohen in JAMA journal
Supplement critic Pieter Cohen, M.D., has trained his sights on probiotics for a new opinion paper, stating that the sector has spun hundreds of small studies favorably and also practices creative advertising.
American Botanical Council’s Mark Blumenthal responds to questionable media on integrative science
While the need is less than it was in the more polarized era 20 years ago, the problem of biased media continues to run through all parts of complementary and integrative medicine. In this interview with John Weeks, ABC’s Mark Blumenthal offers 30 years of insight on the problem and discusses the organization's current longer view.
Inside the creepy world of women selling you supplements on Facebook
This overview provides a negative look at the relationship-based world of direct sales, which skews female and has traditionally been positioned as a means to financial independence for women. Focusing on the health, wellness and supplement sectors, the article details how the real-life connections of the MLM model are being replaced by online communities.
Significant increase in Prop 65 notices over lead, acrylamide and cadmium in 2017-18
There has been a significant increase in food and beverage Prop 65 actions in the past five years, with particularly strong growth in notices relating to lead, acrylamide and cadmium, according to new data compiled by attorneys at Perkins Coie.
Givaudan completes acquisition and delisting of Naturex
Givaudan has acquired Naturex following the implementation of the squeeze-out procedure and the delisting of Naturex shares from the Euronext Paris stock exchange on Sep. 18. Givaudan calls the acquisition another important step in delivering on its 2020 ambition.
Supplements industry welcomes positive results from Amarin’s omega-3 study
Results from an omega-3 study found a positive link between treatment using EPA and cardiovascular outcomes. It was backed by pharmaceutical company Amarin, which enjoyed a 300 percent surge in shares after the study results were announced.
UNFI sets net sales record in fiscal 2018
United Natural Foods Inc., a leading distributor of natural foods, saw net sales reach a record $10.23 billion for the fiscal year that ended July 28. The year-end figure was an increase of 10.3 percent from fiscal 2017.
Saw palmetto prices up threefold
Saw palmetto prices are running three times the average of 2017 due to excessive rains, which affected the total berry harvest, according to reports from the American Herbal Products Association.
Fermentalg and DSM partnership looks to boost high-potency DHA products
Algal-fermentation specialist Fermentalg has partnered with global ingredient supplier DSM Nutritional Products to develop high-potency DHA ingredients. The French microalgae firm says the five-year contract will accelerate penetration of its Origins DHA-550 product line.
Cranberry study calls for more accurate cranberry authentication testing materials
A recent quality analysis of 10 commercially available cranberry products showed that distinguishing and quantifying cranberry proanthocyanidins within complex mixtures, using chromatographic techniques, is very challenging. The resulting review, published in the journal Food Control, highlighted the limitations of high-performance thin-layer chromatography and other standard analytic methods.
Citizen petition to prohibit non-GMO claims as misleading, likely won’t gain traction
A citizen’s petition filed this week by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation asked FDA to prohibit non-GMO claims on foods and beverages. It will likely not gain broader industry support or traction with the agency, according to experts.
Forgoing key e-commerce platforms: How Singapore supplement startup woos Chinese consumers
Singapore-based dietary supplement startup, Innosa, is forgoing the popular e-commerce platforms in China and is instead depending on its own WeChat online store to reach Chinese consumers.
Is broccoli the new kale?
Hidden within all those trees in the broccoli plant is what could be the most potent phytochemical of the year: sulforaphane. The compound offers 39 distinct pro-health applications including two ways to address inflammation, a potent detoxification agent, various aspects of cognitive health and dozens of provocative others.
Dietary supplement class actions: Common theories
While the products challenged in dietary supplement class actions are as diverse as the marketplace itself, the class-action bar appears to be pursuing a few key case theories.
The elephants in direct selling’s room—the gig-economy
The gig economy describes the ever-widening variety of non-employee income opportunities (think Uber and DoorDash) available to Americans with whom direct sellers must now compete. Since 2015, the direct selling industry has seen a 9 percent drop in both sellers and sales.
INDUSTRY SELF REGULATION
Supplement OWL registry adapts to support other self-regulatory endeavors and accommodate business
The Council for Responsible Nutrition says its Supplement Online Wellness Library (OWL) registry for dietary supplement products continues to evolve as the trade group sees opportunities for growth and improvement.
Naturopathic Medicine Week campaign ramps up
The Institute for Natural Medicine, in partnership with the American Association of Naturopathic Medicine and other integrative medicine organizations, is leading a publicity campaign to boost awareness of natural medicine during the week Oct. 7-13. The groups are urging those connected to naturapathic medicine to amplify the message and participate in the annual event by providing tips for making the most out of the week.
Omega-3s lead the push for quality in supplement industry
Omega-3s are a category of products that embody the notion that supplements are getting ‘better.’ They started out at a high level and have gone on from there.
UNPA MEMBER NEWS
Dyad Labs' growth prompts relocation; open house set for Oct. 25
Dyad Labs has relocated its Salt Lake City laboratories to a newly remodeled facility near Pioneer Square Business Park. The space features 30,000 square feet of laboratory space, with nine separate labs to better serve clients and staff. To celebrate the move, Dyad will hold an open house on Thursday, Oct. 25, from 11:30 am to 5:30 pm MDT.
Sami-Sabinsa Group diversifies into information technology, business solutions
The Sami-Sabinsa Group has expanded into the information technology and business solutions sector under the brand name Edkal Technologies. Sabinsa founder and chairman, Muhammed Majeed, formed Edkal Technologies in 2005 to provide IT services to the group companies. This year, the company opened a U.S. development services and support center in addition to the Bangalore, India operation. Satyajit Bandyopadhyay was named CEO and director of the company.
Alkemist Labs hires new laboratory director
Toto Phoutthavantha, Ph.D., MSc., CLS (ASCP), has joined Alkemist Labs as laboratory director. Phoutthavantha has more than 14 years of experience in analytical laboratory testing in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, including clinical diagnostic testing.
Boston Heart Diagnostics names new scientific advisory board
Boston Heart Diagnostics, a subsidiary of Eurofins Scientific, is pleased to announce the company’s newly appointed scientific advisory board. The board is comprised of recognized experts in their respective medical fields and includes: Sam Tsimikas, M.D., FACC, Michael Davidson, M.D., FACC, Peter Reaven, M.D., Dennis Goodman, M.D., FACC and H. Robert Superko, M.D., FACC, FAHA.
Nu Skin targets online sales
Personal care products and dietary supplements firm Nu Skin Enterprises Limited in Thailand has announced a business partnership with LF Logistics Limited, a logistics provider, aiming to respond to a growth of online sales which are expected to generate more than 60 percent of total sales this year. The company says online orders generated a nearly 50 percent increase in total sales from the previous year.
How to ensure employees buy into the corporate vision
The health and nutrition industry can enrich its relationship with consumers by engaging stakeholders, including employees, in corporate strategy.
Influencer marketing in the ingredient and dietary supplement space
Ingredient and dietary supplement companies are consistently working with athletes, celebrity trainers, fitness gurus, the natural community and millennial moms as part of their marketing strategies.
Scientific advisory board and promotional mix blend oil and water
Marketing the expertise of a scientific advisory board can help a brand deliver rich, relevant content to targeted audiences. This article offers some proven tactics for integrating the board into the promotional mix.
A differentiator can be handy in crowded joint-health market
Joint care as a subset of healthy aging will be a thriving market in the future. But it’s crowded and will place a premium on product differentiation.
Eye health: Growing ingredient science and marketing opportunities
The eye health dietary supplements market is growing rapidly. Persistence Market Research recently predicted that the global market will be worth over $2.85 billion by 2024. The 2017 report noted consumer concerns driving market growth and takes a deeper look at eye health supplement leaders and key markets.
Pilot study sheds light on curcumin’s potential influence on gut microbiota
Results from a new clinical trial suggest that curcuminoids found in turmeric modulate the composition and population of gut bacteria, potentially offering health benefits to the host.
Probiotic strain shows anti-stress and anxiety benefit in RCT
Daily supplements of the probiotic Lactobacillus plantarum P8 may alleviate stress and anxiety in stressed adults, according to a new randomized, double-blind placebo controlled study published in Clinical Nutrition.
Omega-3 and vitamin B12 may improve autistic behaviors, Saudi study finds
The consumption of vitamin B12 and omega-3 fatty acids—either in combination or independently—may be able to alleviate autistic behaviors, according to a study from Saudi Arabia’s King Saud University.
Topical botanical improved skin hydration firmness and elasticity in subjects with cellulite
A new study on subjects with mild to severe cellulite found that a topical botanical blend called UP1307, produced by Unigen, in Tacoma, Wash., significantly improved skin hydration, firmness and elasticity, as well as cellulite appearance.
A scientific first: RCT supports cognitive benefits of chlorogenic acids
Chlorogenic acids—compounds found in coffee—may improve measures such as cognitive performance and motor speed, according to a new study from Japan’s Kao Corporation.
New research reveals role of phytonutrients in preventing muscle damage
In this clinical study, Lycored looked for the first time at the effects of a tomato-based supplement that mimics the natural composition of the entire tomato by combining the oil and water-soluble fractions of the tomato. Within the paper, researchers reveal that consuming the supplement reduced muscle damage associated with exercise, specifically running.ETC.
Do healthy diets protect the planet? As the U.N. meets, a focus on sustainability
There's a lot of talk about how to make our food supply more sustainable. And, increasingly, eaters connect the dots between a healthy diet and a healthy planet. One line of evidence: A shift on grocery store shelves. This week, foodies put sustainability issues on center stage at the International Forum on Food and Nutrition.
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