Replace probiotics regulatory complexity with consistency and clarity: IPA
At last week’s Probiota event, the International Probiotics Association, a UNPA MOU partner, urged the industry to support its efforts to bring consistency to the global regulatory landscape, so that the rules can keep pace with technology and scientific advancement. In the U.S. probiotics market, things are looking positive due to praiseworthy press, mounting scientific support and consumers’ embrace of healthy living, with probiotic supplementation now a regular part of even average Americans’ wellness routines. But despite this rising profile, probiotics have yet to reach their full potential with Americans. Read coverage:
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UNPA and TraceGains announce strategic partnership
A new strategic partnership between UNPA and TraceGains aims to increase quality, management and transparency in the global supplement supplement supply chain.
UNPA PCQI training, Dec. 5-7, in Lehi, Utah
Registration is open for UNPA's new Preventive Controls for Human Food and Dietary Supplements: PCQI Training, Dec. 5-7, in Lehi, Utah. This training is certified by FSPCA in cooperation with FDA and is an integral and necessary requirement of FSMA.
UNPA member discount for AHPA Botanical Congress at SSW
NEXT WEEK! UNPA has collaborated with the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) to extend AHPA member pricing to UNPA members for the 7th Annual AHPA Botanical Congress, to be held on Saturday, Nov. 10, at the SupplySide West trade show in Las Vegas. UNPA members register using the code "BotConUNPA" during checkout at the AHPA website.
Chinese import tariffs hit natural products supply chain, retail-level impact looms
The latest round of implemented tariffs include many dietary ingredients, leaving the industry seeking exclusions and new non-China sources.
Eating organic food linked to lower cancer risk
A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association looked at 70,000 subjects and found a 25 percent drop in cancer diagnoses for people who eat organic. If the new results are confirmed, promoting organic food consumption could be a promising preventative strategy against the disease. New Hope Network editors, however, aren't sure what the effect on consumers will be.
PepsiCo makes first HIVE assessment acquiring Health Warrior
PepsiCo has acquired Health Warrior Inc., a plant-based specialty company specialising in 100-calorie snack nutrition bars. This is Pepsi's first brand investment of the newly formed entity The PepsiCo HIVE.
Amarin sues dietary supplement firms after releasing results of clinical study
Amarin Pharma has filed lawsuits against two dietary supplement firms after releasing results of its "REDUCE-IT" study. Amarin alleges the firms have used results from its clinical trial to deceptively and falsely claim their products are effective in reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease.
NIST announces exercise 3 of HAMQAP is now open for signup
Future studies conducted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology are now included in the new Health Assessment Measurements Quality Assurance Program (HAMQAP), which offers opportunities for testing of a variety of analytes in matrices that reflect both human intake and human metabolism. Exercise 3 is now available for sign up.
Urgent liver transplant prompts green tea warning
A BBC report that a man from Texas had to undergo a liver transplant after taking green tea supplements has prompted a new warning about the danger of higher-dose pills.
Sprouts to open 30 new stores in 2019
Phoenix-based natural food retailer Sprouts plans on launching 30 stores in 2019; these new locations will include Sugar Land, Texas; Las Vegas; Naples, Fla.; and Lynnwood, Wash. The company currently operates more than 300 stores in 19 states, and will be disclosing its 2018 3Q earnings Nov. 1.
BAPP publishes revised bulletin on adulteration of saw palmetto
The ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program (BAPP) has published a revised Botanical Adulterants Prevention Bulletin on saw palmetto (Serenoa repens) berry and berry extracts. Over the past two years, several saw palmetto suppliers have reported the sale of a particularly sophisticated type of adulterated saw palmetto extracts, mainly from suppliers in Asian countries.
Hain Celestial names Mark L. Schiller as new chief executive officer
Hain Celestial Group Inc., a leading organic and natural products company, has chosen Mark L. Schiller as its new CEO, replacing founder Irwin Simon. Schiller has served in various executive positions at Pinnacle Foods Corporation since 2010, most recently as chief commercial officer.
ConsumerLab tests popular vitamin A supplements
Vitamin A: ConsumerLab says most people get enough from food and getting too much can be dangerous. It recently tested popular vitamin A supplements sold in the U.S., including beta-carotene supplements and cod liver oils, for their amounts and forms of vitamin A and reviewed the latest clinical research regarding the effects and side effects of vitamin A supplementation.
Marketing CBD is mostly about risk tolerance, legal expert says
The source of CBD should be of concern for the companies marketing the ingredient, according to attorney Justin Prochnow, of UNPA member Greenberg Traurig, who spoke at the recent Rocky Mountain Dietary Supplement Forum. But he also said the regulatory environment for the ingredient is shifting so fast that any opinions he might offer could soon be outdated.
Why is CBD everywhere?
Both the ‘natural’ derivation of CBD and its tension-relieving effects have contributed to the supplement becoming “a perfect cure for our times,” according to The New York Times. Retailers are adding CBD to everything—alcoholic drinks, melatonin gummies, and beauty products alike. However, separating hype from science will be crucial in moving forward.
Researching safety and efficacy of CBD, hemp extracts
In this article, Miles Sarill of CV Sciences analyzes the safety of CBD, as well as the efficacy of single cannabinoids vs. hemp extracts, based on published research.
Industry group delivers warning on deregulating specialized nutrition status
Deregulation and the lack of specific EU rules for specialized nutrition, such as sports products, pose concrete risks, including consumer confusion, loss of innovation and market fragmentation.
The health claims conundrum: EHPM laments 'lack of dialogue' between industry and EFSA
The European Commission and European Food Safety Authority must face up to the lack of proper dialogue between health claims applicants and regulators, says EHPM, as it calls for reforms of the current system.
EU commissioners vote to ban single-use plastics; consortium pledges to 'eradiate' plastic waste
EU commissioners voted to ban single-use plastics when alternatives are available and affordable. Meanwhile, multinational food and beverage companies, governments and NGOs have united behind a pledge to “eradicate plastic waste and pollution at the source” and develop circular economy modules for plastics.
Nutrition Facts label reboot: A tale of two labels
In this resource for consumers, FDA explains the changes to the Nutrition Facts label on packaged foods. The agency says the updates reflect new scientific findings and can help consumers make better-informed choices about the food they eat and help them maintain a healthy diet.
Does sports nutrition still have an image issue?
While the sports nutrition market continues to blossom in the wider consumer marketplace, a small number of elite-level athletes continue to suggest ‘dodgy’ supplements are to blame for failed doping tests. A panel of experts at the recent Sports Nutrition Congress 2018 responds as to whether sports nutrition continues to have image issues.
Weight-management supplements take a hit
As consumer approaches to managing and losing weight shift, weight management supplements growth has slowed. This is the latest installment of the data discussion from Nutrition Business Journal’s Senior Analyst Claire Morton.
Consumer Reports takes mostly critical view of 'natural cures'
In a 10-page spread, Consumer Reports magazine delves into and critiques an A-Z selection of activities, including yoga and supplements, such as probiotics and turmeric.
UNPA MEMBER NEWS
Soaring sales in Asia help USANA deal with the 'Amazonification' of the U.S. market
Dietary supplement direct-sales company USANA reported a 13.4 percent rise in sales in its most recent quarter. The increase was driven almost entirely by soaring sales in its Asia-Pacific region.
UNPA MEMBER PRODUCT LAUNCHES
Indena launches new flavonoid ingredient targeting performance nutrition
At SupplySide West, Italy-based botanical specialist Indena will introduce Quercefit, a standardized version of quercetin extracted from the plant Sophora japonica. The plant is part of the pea family, and its flavonoid quercetin is one of the most common found in botanical species and is subject to many studies for its potential antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties.MOU MEMBER NEWS
American Botanical Council celebrates 30th anniversary On November 1, the nonprofit American Botanical Council (ABC) celebrates its 30th year of providing reliable, science-based information on the responsible use of herbs, medicinal plants, teas, phytomedicines, essential oils, fungi and other related natural materials. ABC’s 30th anniversary is a major milestone for the Austin, Texas-based organization and speaks to its enduring message about the benefits of herbal medicine and the science behind it that has resonated with thousands of members and supporters both locally and in more than 80 countries around the world.
Gencor taps endocannabinoid-like molecule for new joint-health offering
Gencor has announced it will introduce a new version of an older, under-the-radar dietary ingredient. The new offering, called Levagen, is a branded form of palmitoylethanolamide (PEA), an endocannabinoid-like molecule with potent anti-inflammatory properties.
When brands collide: Dietary supplements in the new M&A universe
Pure Branding’s Yedim Medore discusses the recent decision by New Chapter founders to leave Procter & Gamble, citing profit pressure threatening to undermine the mission. Rather than an “I told you so," this commentary is more of a cautionary reminder of what may happen when brands collide and one brand’s most-engaged consumer segment may have reservations about its purchase by a large multinational corporation.
DuPont identifies ingredient efficacy as driver for elderly purchases
The prime purchasing decision of fortified and nutritional products amongst the elderly remains the efficacy of the active ingredients contained within the product, according to a survey carried out by DuPont Nutrition & Health.
Ginger extract may inhibit obesity inflammation, suggests study on rats
Rats fed a high-fat diet supplemented with ginger extract exhibited less body-weight gain and reduced lipid levels in serum and liver compared to rats not given the extract.
Researchers take a look at which polyphenols may slash cardiovascular disease risk
Many studies have linked polyphenols—chemical compounds found in everything from chocolate to olives to berries—to reduced cardiovascular disease risk. French researchers took a closer look at how different types of polyphenols relate to this risk.
Overcoming the low bioavailability hurdle of quercetin: Indena study supports phytosome use to boost absorptionA delivery system based on food-grade lecithin may boost the bioavailability of quercetin, a flavonoid linked to numerous health benefits but known to have poor low-water solubility, low stability and low bioavailability.
Study unlocks potential anti-inflammatory action of ETA omega-3
A new study from Canada indicates that ETA (eicosatetraenoic acid, 20:4) may convert into two novel compounds associated with inflammation management.
BASF’s omega-3 product shown to reduce liver fat content in NAFLD patients
BASF AS completed a randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial in the U.S., newly published in Nutrients, evaluating the use of high-concentrate omega-3 to correct the nutritional deficiency of omega-3 fatty acid in patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).
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Current FDA enforcement actions and guidances
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