Personalized nutrition takes giant steps forward, observer says Truly personalized nutrition and health care was a promise seven years ago. Now it’s a reality, according to industry consultant Marc Brush, who was an invited attendee to the recent Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Institute’s Thought Leader Consortium. Brush lauded the program and specifically noted the presentation by Albert-Lazlo Barabasi, Ph.D., professor at Northeastern University and Harvard School of Medicine, who cited the study of genes as related to disease, has moved well beyond the search for one gene marker. There is now enough information to take a systems approach to manage disease. Read more→
December GMP training in Provo, Utah
Former FDA Investigator and UNPA's VP, global regulatory & compliance, Larisa Pavlick will lead the training, which will provide everything you need to know to make sure your facilities are fully compliant with 21 CFR Part 111 before your next inspection. The training is scheduled for Dec.4-5 in Provo, Utah. Click the title to learn more about the training and to register.
UNPA's FSVP training set for February 2020 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's 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.
UNPA team leads podcast discussions on hemp and CBD
UNPA's Loren Israelsen recently discussed the status of hemp and CBD in conversation with TraceGains' CEO Gary Nowacki. Listen to the podcast, "CBD: Fad or Trend?" here. In another podcast, UNPA's Frank Lampe discussed the state of hemp/CBD regulation in conversation with Pete Thornton of Chatanooga, Tenn.-based Landrace Biosciences, A GMP-certified, bulk CBD product manufacturer. The interview series, geared for the hemp industry, is called, "Call Me Cannabinoids." Listen to it here.
Latest FDA CBD warning letter suggests quicker regulatory solutionA new warning letter from two federal agencies is focused on unsubstantiated disease claims made for CBD products, but it also suggested FDA is speeding up its work on a regulatory pathway for products containing CBD and other cannabis ingredients.LEGAL
Eleventh circuit asked to rehear case over legality of DMAA supplementsWill the U.S. Court of Appeals in Atlanta rehear a case over the legality of DMAA in dietary supplements? That's the question in a petition filed by Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals.M&A ACTIVITY
Innophos agrees to estimated $932 million acquisition by private equity firmInnophos Holdings Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement with an affiliate of One Rock Capital Partners, in which One Rock will acquire all of Innophos’ outstanding shares for $32.00 per share in cash in a transaction valued at approximately $932 million, including the assumption of debt.GLOBAL REGULATORY
Illegal influencers: ASA rules social media posts broke health claims rulesU.K. Advertising Standards Authority has slammed Instagram messages by two companies and three celebrity influences after they posted adverts for products that broke health claims rules.
Australian supplements regulatory regime not world-class yet, TGA chief warnsThe Australian supplements industry may have a much-lauded regulatory regime on the global state, but a regulator at the Therapeutic Goods Administration has argued that it is “not yet world-class.”
Trade union responds to supplement quality reportFrance’s National Union of Trade Supplements, Synadiet, says that it is “astonished at the total absence of consumer experiences” in a report that warns the general public of poor quality supplements.
Report predicts 2.3 million acres of hemp by 2023, up from 78,000 in 2018Hemp cultivation will ramp up markedly according to a new report, raising questions of whether the supply cart is getting ahead of the processing horse.
Report: Amazon’s number one best seller contains CBD, despite a no-CBD sale policy Despite an official policy prohibiting the sale of hemp products containing CBD/cannabinoid, a search of the term “CBD” in Amazon’s search engine brings up 10,000 products. Organic & Natural Health Association put Amazon’s bestseller, New Age Premium Hemp Oil, to the test by hiring an independent, third-party lab, Alkemist Labs, to test a sample.TRENDS
Seven retail and CPG predictions from Nielsen for 2020 and beyondIn its predictions for 2020 and the decade beyond, Nielsen anticipates that next year will represent an inflection point for trust and transparency, 5G and time to purchase in the U.S. retail and consumer landscape.
10 food trends Whole Foods Market says will rock 2020Whole Foods Market shares its 2020 food trend predictions. The chain predicts less meat on consumers' plates and less booze in their cups along with eight other trends to watch.BOTANICALS
Sustainable herbs program welcomes inaugural members of new advisory groupThe Sustainable Herbs Program and the American Botanical Council welcomed 16 inaugural members to the new advisory group, who bring many years of experience working on a wide range of relevant disciplines, including botanical raw material sourcing and sustainability, regenerative and sustainable agriculture, botany, ethnobotany, ethnobiology, horticulture, pharmacognosy, wild harvesting and herbal medicine.
Reduce botanical adulteration with carbon-14 testingCarbon-14 testing analyzes product ingredients to differentiate between naturally derived and petrochemically derived ingredients.PROBIOTICS
Probiotics research booming in Asia with China and Iran leading the chargeA growing number of clinical studies focusing on probiotics is seen in Asia, with China and Iran seeing an exponential increase in recent years, according to an International Probiotics Association-backed review.
Probiotics under fire: When a doctor treats himself, he has a fool for a patientA recent article in The Wall Street Journal has caused consternation among stakeholders in the probiotics space, because for an article written by an M.D. and cancer researcher it is as unscientific as it is potentially damaging.RETAIL
GNC launches personalized daily vitamin delivery as part of new wellness programThe monthly subscription service provides customers with vitamins and supplements based on their individual health needs, lifestyle goals and even DNA.OMEGA-3s
Omega-3 sources for supplement differentiationIngredient origin can be an important point of differentiation in the crowded omega-3 supplement marketplace.
FDA approves genetically modified cotton for human consumptionResearchers have—after decades of scientific study—figured out a way to modify cottonseeds to remove the inherent toxin gossypol, meaning that the GMO version of the high-protein seed is set for human consumption. Now that FDA has approved its use in food products, you can expect to see cottonseeds pop up in all sorts of snacks within the next few years.
The yogurt industry has been using CRISPR for a decadeCRISPR technology is a precise form of gene-editing that genetically modifies foods in a faster and cheaper way than ever before—and it’s been subtly present in the dairy aisle for quite some time. But while this tool could transform agriculture as we know it, there is much scientists still don’t know about the ramifications of using it on the environment and human health.PERSONALIZED NUTRITION
Personalized nutrition could create real nutrition and lifestyle change, experts sayPersonalized nutrition has the potential to be at the forefront of real change in the fight against nutrition- and lifestyle-caused chronic diseases, according to experts speaking at the Future Food-Tech Summit
Nourished launches 3D-printed personalized nutrition gummiesStartup company Nourished claims it has developed the world’s first 3D-printed “truly customized” daily nutrition stack, which it is launching in the U.K. this week.
UNPA MOU PARTNER NEWS
Clinical trials, cognitive gains and the care for growth in the omega-3 sectorThe work being undertaken by trade body GOED to catalog 4,000-plus human clinical trials on omega-3 will be showcased at the organization’s forthcoming GOED Exchange in Barcelona.
AHP releases monograph for Boneset Aerial PartsThe American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (AHP), has developed and released a Monograph and Therapeutic Compendium for Boneset Aerial Parts (Eupatorium perfoliatum), which was a joint collaboration of AHP and researchers at Westfalische Wilhelms-Universitat, Munster, Germany.
How brands can reach girls gone greenAs the energy behind climate justice reaches new peaks, consider how youth activists are transforming what it means to be a teen in 2019 and beyond. A recent study from Marketing Insider found this cause-first mindset is fundamentally changing the way this cohort consumes media.
UNPA member companies have posted the following employment opportunities. To include a job posting, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clinical Product & Program Manager, Lake Barrington, Ill., posted by Otho Molecular Products.
Experienced sales and marketing executive is seeking a new opportunity in the Colorado/Mountain Region. Strong background in B2B sales, developing sales and marketing strategy, and hitting sales targets. See LinkedIn profile for more information.MARKET RESEARCH
Pre-workout supplement in the spotlight: The trends and opportunitiesAs pre-workout supplements strip off their male vibe and muscle in on the general market, Lumina Intelligence takes a look at the big consumer trends in the sub-category of sports nutrition and reveals some big growth opportunities.
Consumers cite environmental responsibility for sustainable product purchasesConsumers appear to be more willing to prioritize the greater good in their purchasing, according to a recent report from the Hartman Group, which notes that 51 percent of consumers now report the environment as their major reason for purchasing sustainable or socially responsible products compared to 32 percent of consumers just two years ago.
Pilot study hints at potential of Rhodiola Cordyceps mix for body composition benefitsA combination of Rhodiola crenulata and Cordyceps sinensis may enhance training-related body composition adaptions in young people, suggests a small preliminary study from Taiwan.
Depression in over 60s helped by vitamin DNew clinical trial data suggests supplementation with vitamin D could help improve depression scores in older adults with moderate to severe depression.
Commonly used drugs damaging microbiome health, says studyMany commonly used drugs significantly impair our microbiome health and increase our risk of intestinal infections, obesity, and other serious conditions, according to a new study from Germany.
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