What is 'Intentional Adulteration' training, and why should you care?An important training to help you establish a required plan to deal with adulteration of your ingredients and finished goods is only two weeks away. It's all a part of FDA's Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration (referred to as the 'IA rule'), part of the Food Safety Modernization Act. Developed by the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance, this intensive, one-day certificate course is the "standardized curriculum" recognized by FDA. Join Ned Mitenius, a 30-year veteran in the food processing industry, who will lead the training. UNPA members receive a $200 discount at registration. Read more→
FSVP training, February 11-12 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 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.
FDA issues final guidance on Nutrition Facts labeling rules FDA has issued a final guidance to help manufacturers of packaged foods comply with its new Nutrition Facts labeling regulations.
Sweeping changes proposed to dietary supplement notification system Scott Bass, an attorney in the nation's capital, who helped draft DSHEA, and Massachusetts physician Pieter Cohen have proposed that manufacturers be required to submit the vast majority of new dietary ingredients to FDA for safety assessments. In a co-authored paper published NEJM, they proposed largely eliminating an exception in the law to the requirement that manufacturers provide FDA safety documentation before marketing a new dietary ingredient in a supplement.
Inconsistencies between NDI and GRAS raised in letter
A letter from Rep. Tim Burchett, R-Tenn., to FDA calls into question inconsistencies between the NDI process and how GRAS submissions are evaluated, as well as the lack of communication between the staffs working on these issues.
Sen. Shumer urges accountability for companies that risked public health and gave supplement industry a bad rap Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., has demanded that three Long Island companies, nailed for allegedly distributing adulterated dietary supplements and misbranding a variety of drugs, face a full federal probe by the Department of Health and Human Services.
USDA announced pilot coverage for hemp growers USDA’s Risk Management Agency will have new crop insurance options for hemp growers in select counties in 21 states in 2020. The pilot insurance program will provide Actual Production History coverage under 508(h) Multi-Peril Crop Insurance for eligible growers in the applicable counties.
USDA approves first state and tribal hemp production plans USDA has updated a website tracking the status of state and tribal hemp production plans. So far, three states and three tribal governments have had their plans approved by USDA.
ADM acquires Brazilian extract manufacturer ADM has expanded its botanical ingredients footprint with the acquisition of a Brazilian manufacture, Yerbalatina Phytoactives. The deal was announced on Jan. 7.
Atrium innovations acquires LivingMatrix in ongoing push of personalized nutrition Atrium Innovations, a Nestlé Health Science company, has acquired San Francisco-based LivingMatrix, a technology-based data and algorithm-driven personalized functional medicine platform.
How to help victims of Australia’s fires The deadly wildfires, fanned by wind and fueled by scorching heat, are raging across the southeast of the country. With at least 24 people dead, many others displaced and wildlife populations gutted, this article provides a list of organizations in Australia and around the world that are helping.
MegaFood advocacy director says time for climate change action is now The ongoing fires in Australia have heightened concern about the climate change crisis. MegaFood's advocacy director, Bethany Davis, says the company is committed to do what it can to reverse the trend.
The largest single beneficiary of Trump’s tariff payments? A high-interest alternative farm lender While the Trump administration has given billions to American farmers to offset trade war losses, one lightly regulated, alternative farm lender has reportedly received more trade mitigation money than anyone anticipated. Agrifund LLC obtained roughly $75 million in government payments after being assigned them by farmers eligible for those payments.
Earth Fare latest to announce closings North Carolina-based retailer Earth Fare will be closing its Indianapolis-area locations in Carmel, Noblesville and Greenwood on January 11, according to a report in the Indianapolis Star. The company will also close its two-year-old location in Fairfax, Va., according to Grocery Dive.
Consumers will demand higher quality shopping experiences, products from retailers in 2020 As consumers continue to place a higher value on enjoyable shopping experiences, retailers will need to offer more than low prices to drive traffic in 2020, including enticing “sights, sounds and smells” in brick-and-mortar stores, seamless shopping across platforms and a wider selection of premium and private brands, according to sales and marketing agency Acosta.
A new high of over 9,300 stores closed in 2019, almost double the number closed in 2018 A record number of brick-and-mortar retailers closed their doors in 2019. The physical stores that are finding success in this increasingly omnichannel sector, however, are embracing some aspects of e-commerce through programs, such as buy online, pickup in-store and grocery delivery.
Three emerging APAC nutrition markets and strategies to watch for in 2020 Nutraingredients-Asia shines the spotlight on three emerging health and nutrition APAC markets that could help sustain the industry’s supplements and functional foods growth in the years ahead.
Ministers have moral duty to act in folic-acid fortification Leading nutrition experts are calling on the U.K. government to fortify flour and grains with folic acid to help prevent birth defects as a final decision draws near after a 12-week public consultation.
Probiotics for sports performance and recovery: ISSN outlines position in new paper The science is still developing but data does support a role for probiotics for athletes, according to a new position paper by the International Society of Sports Nutrition.
Organic crop practices have lasting effects for soil health Prior organic farming practices and plantings can have lasting outcomes for future soil health, weeds and crop yields, according to Cornell research published in the journal Agricultural Systems.
Natural products industry not promoting women to executive positions Women in leadership is a proven benefit for businesses of all sizes, but companies in the natural products industry often fail to promote women to executive positions. This is the third installment of a three-part Nutrition Business Journal series. Read part 1 and part 2.
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Trust Transparency Center bolsters its insights capabilities with new hire Caiti Dowden Trust Transparency Center is pleased to announce that Caiti Dowden has joined the team as a data analyst to focus on market analysis and insights. This newly created position will allow TTC to deepen its data and intelligence regarding what are traditionally less transparent aspects of the global health, nutrition and dietary supplement industries.
L’Oreal AI-powered device offers tailored skin care products L’Oréal has unveiled its artificial intelligence-led system that allows users to personalize skincare and cosmetic formulations that match specific skin types and tones.PERSONALIZED NUTRITION
Nespresso-style gut health: Bioengineer creates personalized probiotics yogurt machine A microbiologist and bioengineer is on a mission to make yogurt truly good for the gut with a kitchen counter machine that makes personalized probiotic- and prebiotic-filled yogurts.
Splenda’s stevia ad during Golden Globes a high point The 60-second commercial for Splenda Stevia shows short takes of folks growing the plant on their own, except it looks like what they’re really doing is growing ... something else.
Carry On: 4 big email marketing trends for 2020 Here are four significant email marketing trends that will bear watching in 2020: regulatory compliance, vendor consolidation, interactivity and the brand indicators for message identification standard and their impact on security and branding.
Shoppers plan to use mobile for instore buying American consumers still want to see and touch products before buying. But they also want mobile interactions while doing so, according to a study by Shopkick, a provider of a shopping rewards app.
Walmart, Amazon lead online grocery, but supermarkets gain ground In online grocery, supermarkets are holding their own against the double juggernaut of Walmart and Amazon, according to the 2019 U.S. Online Grocery Shopper Study by Retail Feedback Group, a Lake Success, N.Y.-based consumer research firm.
Report provides topline insights on generational shopping and eating A new report from Packaged Facts, Eating Trends: Generational Food Shopping, provides an overview of U.S. adult patterns for grocery shopping, with a focus on gen Z and millennials/gen Y. For context and comparison, the report also offers parallel data for gen X, baby boomers and older seniors.
New report reveals data about affluent shoppers According to Affluent Food Shoppers, a new market research report by Packaged Facts, the 42 million affluent food shoppers with household incomes of $150,000 or more, exercise a sizable influence on the U.S. food industry.
Zinc, folic acid supplement does not improve male fertility Dietary supplements containing zinc and folic acid—marketed as a treatment for male infertility—do not appear to improve pregnancy rates, sperm counts or sperm function, according to a study conducted by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, part of the National Institutes of Health.
Curcumin review presents convincing tumor-killing argument Curcumin’s ability to influence or inhibit the progression of cancer may form the basis for new remedies either alone or combined with other agents, according to a review from Italian and U.S. scientists.
Echinacea extract shows mild anti-anxiety effect in RCT A commercial Echinacea augustifolia root extract may help decrease anxiety in adults, suggests a new gold standard, double-blind, placebo-controlled study from Hungary.
Supplements linked with increased breast cancer recurrence Breast cancer patients who take antioxidant supplements, as well as iron, vitamin B12 and omega-3 fatty acids, during chemotherapy, may be at increased risk of disease recurrence and death, according to researchers from SWOG Cancer Research Network.
Gut-brain axis appetite suppressant may help burn fat Moderate-intensity exercise combined with an appetite-suppressing supplement that plays on the gut-brain axis could boost the rate at which fat is burned in the human body, according to new research from the U.K.
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