Organic Center responds to study suggesting organic farming takes environmental toll
In a recently published study, Swedish scientists have revealed that the increased land needed to farm organically may be doing the planet more harm than good. The Organic Center responded to the study results, noting that misunderstandings about organic agriculture abound and can be clearly seen in a recent misleading article about the study published in US News, entitled “Organic Food Is Worse for the Climate Than Non-Organic Food.” The US News piece suggests that organic is a bigger contributor to climate change than conventional agriculture because the lower yields contribute to deforestation—a strange conviction considering that conventional agriculture, not organic, is a major contributor to deforestation, the group said.
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Twas two weeks before Christmas
Ivan Wasserman from UNPA member Amin Talati is quite a poet as he reflects on FDA’s recent announcement to start a supplements working group. "Twas two weeks before Christmas at Amin Talati…"
Access to nutritional supplements preserved in Arizona
A proposal that would have limited access to nutritional supplements in Arizona has been changed. AHPA and NPA worked with the Arizona Board of Pharmacy, as well as other state policymakers, to change the proposal, which would have required companies to get a permit to market nutritional supplements like a “drug” and be subject to some of Arizona’s requirements for nonprescription drugs.
FDA issues uniform compliance date, technical amendments on Nutrition and Supplement Facts labeling rules
FDA announced that Jan. 1, 2022, will be the uniform compliance date for final food-labeling regulations that are issued in calendar years 2019 and 2020. All food products subject to the Jan. 1, 2022, uniform compliance date must comply with the appropriate labeling regulations when initially introduced into interstate commerce on or after Jan. 1, 2022. This action does not change existing requirements for compliance dates contained in final rules published before Jan. 1, 2019.
Trade war hasn't yet hurt ingredient supply, but observers wary of future flare ups
The trade tensions between the U.S. and China have yet to seriously impact the flow or pricing of dietary supplement ingredients, according to experts familiar with the sector. But continued uncertainty has some observers on edge.
GlaxoSmithKline diversifies portfolio through joint venture with Pfizer
Pfizer and GlaxoSmithKline are merging their consumer health units, bringing the two pharma giants’ dietary supplement and over-the-counter brands into what analysts are calling “the world’s largest consumer health company.”
Harvard Medical School professor criticizes FDA drop in dietary supplement inspections
Supplement industry critic Pieter Cohen, M.D., of Harvard Medical School, and several industry sources weighed in on a decrease in FDA cGMP inspections in FY2018. FDA data shows the agency conducted 591 inspections in 2018 for compliance with cGMPs, regulations FDA adopted more than a decade ago. That’s down from 656 inspections the previous year.
Why regulation alone may not solve for unsafe supplements in the supply chain
While some supplements and nutraceuticals may live up to the claims on their labels, there are also plenty of false claims in the industry. That has to change, and while part of the solution may involve government regulation, there are other—potentially more effective—routes that can be taken.
Can FDA really shut down the CBD market?
The farm bill did much to liberate hemp and CBD—but not everything it could have. The FDA still has regulatory authority here. That is if they choose to wield it.
N.Y. boundaries on pilot help program misinterpreted as ban, attorney says
Counter to the chatter aroused by a recent report, the state of New York has not banned CBD, according to Justin Prochnow at UNPA member Greenberg Traurig. The state, however, did put some boundaries around a pilot agricultural program.
Hemp industry expected to blossom under the new farm bill
The U.S. hemp industry is expecting business to expand and investors to beckon after Congress passed farm legislation that included a provision to legalize and regulate the plant under the Department of Agriculture.
Cholesterol treatment guideline has little to say about polyphenols and other natural heart health ingredients
A recently published clinical guideline for the management of blood cholesterol gives an indication of how far the dietary supplement industry has to go in convincing practitioners of the efficacy of its products. In its 120 pages, the guideline spends all of two paragraphs on lifestyle factors and preventive strategies.
Edible insects can create new jobs, stakeholders tell Sen. Jeff Flake
A bill proposing to tackle government waste that stipulates that “no federal funds may be used for the development of insect-based foods for human consumption” will make it even harder for the embryonic U.S. edible insects industry to compete with other alternative protein sources, bug farmers and processors told Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz.
Will 2019 be a bumper year for class-action lawsuits?
FoodNavigator-USA quizzed leading food-law attorneys to find out what food manufacturers should keep on their radar, from slack fill, CBD, malic acid and Prop 65 to natural claims.
FDA report shows declining antibiotic sales in animals
Sales and distribution of all medical antimicrobials intended for use in food-producing animals within North America decreased by 33 percent during 2016 and 2017, according to figures released by FDA.
Robert Craven leaving CEO role at MegaFood
MegaFood CEO Robert Craven, an outspoken champion of independent natural retailers, is stepping down from the CEO spot at the whole food supplement brand. Craven said that he will leave the post at the end of the month but will retain an advisory role in a new streamlined innovation program at MegaFood’s parent company, Pharmavite. The company has named Andy Dahlen as incoming CEO.
EMA rules omega-3 medicines not effective, no longer authorized for heart attack
The European Medicines Agency has said omega-3 fatty acid medicines are not effective in preventing further heart and blood vessel problems after heart attack—meaning medicines containing DHA and EPA for this purpose will no longer be authorized for use.
EFSA stands firm on decision to reject salt alternative’s blood pressure reducing claim
The European Food and Safety Authority has said its decision to reject a health claim for Han-Biotech’s Symbiosal was correct after the firm argued the ruling was not scientifically supported.
U.K. government in consultation with nutrition industry in event of no-deal Brexit
The U.K. government has opened up consultations with the nutrition industry regarding proposed changes to regulations in the event of a no-deal scenario after March 2019.
Belgium updates guidance for caffeine use in food supplements
Belgium food authorities have updated guidelines that set out new maximum limits for caffeine, lutein, lycopene and red yeast rice for use in food supplements.
EFSA confirms safety of D-ribose in tea and sports drinks
New proposed conditions in which milk, sports, isotonic and energy drinks would become main sources of D-ribose intake are deemed safe, according to the European, Food and Safety Authority.
China set to shock markets with low glyphosate residue limits in food imports
China is set to change the levels of global glyphosate use as a desiccant (when crops are sprayed with the pesticide right before harvest) and will likely go to Russia for its imported grains, where this practice is less common. They are not calling for an outright ban of the herbicide, as some countries have done, because global glyphosate production is highly concentrated within China, which complicates the situation for leaders within the country.
Soil health ought to be pressing concern for every aspect of the nutrition industry
The health of the world’s soils is becoming a pressing concern for the world’s ecologists. Any company touting its sustainability bona fides ought really to have a soil protection component in its program for that message to be more than mere lip service.PROBIOTICS
Under siege: A year of reflection and next-level growth
George Paraskevakos, executive director of UNPA MOU partner International Probiotics Association reflects on the shape of the industry as 2018 comes to a close. While there are media reports of the science and great research being conducted in the field, the bulk of the recent reporting is what Paraskevakos called "negative press."SPORTS NUTRITION
Studies on recovery are on the cutting-edge of sports nutritionIngredients that can help manage inflammation to speed recovery sit on the cutting edge of new science on the sports nutrition realm, according to Richard Kreider, Ph.D., professor and head of the Department of Health and Kinesiology at Texas A&M.
Sports nutrition trademark approved in EuropeA European trademark to identify sports nutrition products belonging to members of the European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance (ESSNA) has been approved by the European Union Intellectual Property Office.UNPA MEMBER NEWS
Flora Labs unveils capability of detecting up to 370 synthetic cannabinoidsFlora Research Laboratories has debuted a comprehensive testing suite that can detect potentially dangerous synthetic cannabinoids. The service will be paired with GMP audits for companies in the CBD industry.
Fourteen Sami Sabinsa group staff members now PCQI certifiedThe Sami–Sabinsa Group now has a total of 14 staff members specifically trained in implementing the 21 CFR part 117 regulations, covering all of the company’s manufacturing facilities. Recently, 13 staff members in India were trained per the Food Safety Preventive Control Alliance (FSPCA) by UL as Preventive Control Qualified Individuals (PCQI).
Collagen growth continues to shineDemand grows for collagen as brands bring products to the market aimed at skin-, hair- and nail-growth issues.
Functional beverages will get even more personalized in 2019Functional beverages exist for so many need-states that it almost seems like science fiction. Need an immune boost? Can’t focus? Want brighter, more tightened skin? There’s a beverage for that.INNOVATION
New algae player debuts with highly refined EPA ingredientChinese/American company Lyxia has debuted as a new player in the algae omega-3s space with a highly refined EPA ingredient from a photosynthetic strain.MARKETING
Female shoppers remain powerful audience for dietary supplements: How can manufacturers reach them?There are evolving opportunities for reaching female shoppers with a spate of new ingredients, delivery systems and supplement products. According to SPINS, female-positioned supplements grew at a rate of 6 percent, netting a total of $628.1 million in U.S. sales in the 52 weeks ending July 15, 2018.EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
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Sales Account Executive – Medical, Chicago, posted by Ortho Molecular Products
Sales Account Executive – Medical, Naperville, Ill., posted by Ortho Molecular Products
Sales Account Executive – Medical, Salt Lake City, posted by Ortho Molecular Products
Sales Account Executive – Medical, De Moines, Iowa, posted by Ortho Molecular Products
Sales Account Executive – Medical, New York, posted by Ortho Molecular Products
Sales Account Executive – Medical, Anaheim, Calif., posted by Ortho Molecular Products
Inside Sales Representative, Woodstock, Ill., posted by Ortho Molecular ProductsMARKET RESEARCH
The Analyst’s take: Global supplement industry reaches $128 billionThe now $128 billion global supplement industry has experienced major shifts as emerging markets have outpaced growth within the larger and more established regions. This is the latest installment of our data discussion from Nutrition Business Journal’s senior analyst.
State of the nutraceuticals industry for 2019In October 2018, Nutraceuticals World conducted a survey of readers to gain insight into their perceptions and attitudes toward the state of the industry. The findings suggest that overall confidence in the future of the nutraceuticals market was high; 85% of respondents said they are “very” confident in the future.
Label Insight: Transparency trends to gain steam in 2019Chicago-based firm Label Insight forecasts that transparency will be the backbone of most consumer purchases in 2019.
GMOs: Perceptions and impacts on food and beverage choicesData from the Hartman Group suggests that consumer attitudes about GMOs reflect a broader shift in food culture in which consumers aspire to eat food closer to its natural form and less changed by human manipulation.RESEARCH
Keeping up with vitamin D levels a no-braineras deficiency is linked to neural faultsStudies looking into vitamin D status in both the young and old appear to link its deficiency with schizophrenia in newborns and depression in older adults.
Omega-3s effect on brain blood flow could battle memory decline in agingOmega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) supplementation has the potential to enhance neural blood flow, possibly preventing memory decline caused by restricted blood flow or brain-cell inflammation.
Russian study supports MCT supplementation as source of energy for high-intensity trainingResearchers in Russia analyzed changes in fatty acid levels in the blood plasma of cross-country skiers. Results suggest a possible role of MCT for exercise benefits, such as improved endurance.
Researchers discover anti-inflammatory compound resulting from Ahiflower omega-3 oilCanadian researchers have discovered two novel anti-inflammatory compounds that are converted from eicosatetraenoic acid, a long-chain omega-3 fatty acid elevated by the consumption of Ahiflower, a brand-name, vegan, omega-3-oil ingredient. Ahiflower oil is extracted from the Buglossoides arvensis plant.
Probiotics may reduce pro-inflammatory compoundsNew research published in Sports studied the effects of probiotic supplementation in athletes during their 12 weeks of off-season training. Results showed that athletes assigned to probiotics had lower levels of the pro-inflammatory compound tumor necrosis factor-alpha.
Krill oil more effective at reducing blood glucose levels than consuming fish aloneA new study published in the Journal of Nutritional Sciencefound that krill oil from Rimfrost AS significantly reduced fasting glucose in subjects, an important marker of cardiovascular risk. Results showed that supplementation with 4g of krill oil per day, significantly increased levels of omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA compared to control.FDA WARNING LETTERS & GUIDANCES
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