Romney announces run for U.S. Senate in Utah
Mitt Romney said in a video announcement last week that he will run for the U.S. Senate from Utah, setting out on a glide path to Washington, where he will likely play a central role driving the direction of the fractious Republican Party. His path to the Senate, where he would replace long-standing industry supporter Orrin Hatch, is seen as a near certainty. Read more→
Early-bird discount for the 10th Annual UNPA Members' Retreat ends tomorrow!$100 registration savings for the 10th Annual UNPA Members' Retreat, to be held in Park City/Deer Valley, Utah, May 8-10, end tomorrow, Feb. 23. Plan to join us for this year's meeting, with a focus on the business of dietary supplements.
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UNPA announces two PCQI trainingsNEW! UNPA has scheduled two new Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) trainings for April 10-12 in Phoenix and June 5-7 in Lehi, Utah. Registration is now open for both training sessions, which meet FDA's PCQI training requirements. Learn who must comply, course agenda and additional information at the UNPA website.
UNPA announces publication of UNPA Asia ReportNEW!UNPA announces the publication of the new UNPA Asia Report, a special section inside of Asiaceutical Insights, published in China by Herbridge Media.
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FDA oversees destruction, recall of kratom products; reiterates its concerns on risks associated with the opioidFDA has announced the voluntary destruction and recall of a large volume of kratom-containing products sold as dietary supplements manufactured and distributed nationwide by Divinity Products Distribution of Grain Valley, Mo. In a recent member memo (requires log in), UNPA noted that the potential outbreak has serious Food Safety Modernization Act implications for companies.
Method detailed in study confirms synthetic stimulant in supplementsResearchers have detailed a two-pronged analytical method that confirms that the stimulant 1,5-dimethylhexylamine that has been found in some products is of wholly synthetic origin. Published in the Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis, it was written by a group of researchers, including UNPA MOU partner the National Center for Natural Products Research's Ikhlas Khan, Ph.D.
Basic omissions doom many dietary supplement ingredient notices to FDAFDA last year objected to the majority of new dietary ingredient notifications for two primary reasons: nearly 70 percent failed because the submissions were either incomplete or did not qualify as a dietary ingredient. The article includes comments from UNPA member Amin Talati Upadhye LLC.LEGAL
Is it ‘natural'? Consumers and lawyers want to knowWhen products are labeled natural, the court challenges begin, raising questions about whether labeling is really misleading or simply fodder for a lawsuit. FDA's Scott Gottlieb says the agency "will have more to say on the issue soon.”Federal appeals court hears hemp industry lawsuit challenging DEA’s position on CBDThe fate of a federal rule viewed by hemp advocates as an existential threat to their emerging industry is now in the hands of a three-judge panel. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco heard oral arguments in the Hemp Industries Association’s petition challenging the DEA’s January 2017 rule creating a Controlled Substances Code Number for “marihuana extracts.”
Albertsons buying remainder of Rite Aid stores to form new entityBoise, Idaho-based Albertsons is close to acquiring the roughly 2,000 Rite Aid stores that are not being acquired by Walgreens Boots Alliance, according to a recent Wall Street Journal article. A yet-to-be-named new company created by the merger will then operate about 4,900 stores and 4,300 pharmaciesand generate $83 billion in annual sales.
Direct Digital acquires Healthy DirectionsNorth Carolina-based Direct Digital LLC acquired direct-to-consumer supplement maker Healthy Directions LLC. The combined company will create one of the largest VMS platforms in the industry.GLOBAL REGULATORY
Australian Senate passes new supplement rules to create world-class regimeThe new rules include amendments that will provide a new approval pathway forlisting complementary medicines with higher therapeutic indications and health claims.Brazilian regulatory overhaul will benefit omega-3s, consultant saysThe outlook for omega-3s in Latin America looks bright, according to consultant David Pineda Ereño, in part due to the regulatory acceptance across the continent.
U.K. supermarkets to ban energy drinks for shoppers under 16Next month, several chain supermarkets in the U.K. will stop selling energy drinks to customers under 16. Anyone looking to buy a soft drink with more than 150 mg of caffeine per liter—a limit targeting drinks like Monster and Red Bull —will need to present an ID.APAC MARKET
Why multivitamin sales continue to rocket in AustraliaData shows that vitamins, minerals and supplement sales in Australia recorded almost 70 percent growth since 2013, while multivitamins, excluding minerals, grew by 34 percent in 2017 alone. Complementary Medicines Australia health economist Aiden Essery explains why.CONTRACT MANUFACTURING
Dietary supplement contract manufacturing staying one step aheadContract manufacturers have their finger on the pulse of the natural products industry in ways that few others do. To get their take on what 2018 may hold for the natural products industry, Nutritional Outlook spoke with several contract manufacturers, including UNPA member Shaheen Majeed of Sabinsa Worldwide, about which way the winds of change may be blowing, and why.RETAIL
WholeFoods Magazine's 2018 annual retailer survey overviewA record number of independent natural and organic products retailers responded to UNPA member WholeFoods Magazine's 40th Annual Retailer Survey. Respondents were optimistic, with fully three in four telling us their sales grew or stayed the same, and almost all (96 percent) expecting sales to grow or remain stable this year.SUPPLEMENT TRENDS
Ora Organic 'clean' supplements prompt incredible growthAll those legacy Southern California supplements companies might need to make way for the next generation, exemplified by hip, millennial start-up Ora Organic, winner of the 2017 NBJ Small Company Growth Award.PRODUCT TESTING
ConsumerLab tests how much cannabidiol is in CBD and hemp oilsTo find out more about how well CBD products work, ConsumerLab.com reviewed the clinical evidence and purchased andtested popular CBD and hemp products (liquids and capsules) sold in the U.S., checking to see how much CBD each contained, and if they were contaminated with lead, cadmium or arsenic.
Despite hubbub surrounding functional foods, innovation in solid delivery form still churningWhile many observers say functional food delivery modes are the wave of the future, capsules, softgels and tablets will always be the mainstay of the dietary supplement industry, and innovation is continuing even in this legacy delivery mode. The article mentions new technologies from UNPA members Lonza Consumer Health and Nutrition and Sabinsa Corp.
Innovation reforming supply of botanical ingredientsInnovation doesn’t always concern new products on the shelf. In recent years, organizations active within the dietary supplement supply chain have brought forth new ideas transforming how botanicals are sourced and how industry critics might view that process. The article includes comments from AHPA and UNPA MOU partner ABC regarding the Botanical Adulteration Prevention Program.Sciadonic acid takes topical route as first step in dietary ingredient developmentThe developers of sciadonic acid—a new-to-the-market anti-inflammatory fatty acid—have pivoted to topical products as they search for partners to more fully develop the substance.
A revolution in microbiome analysis? Novel method offers true quantitativeanalysis of gut bacteriaNew methods to measure and accurately quantify the levels of gut bacteria in stool samples could be a revolution for researchers and companies looking to link our gut bacteria make up to specific issues of health and disease.UNPA MEMBER NEWS
4Life appoints Brian Gill as SVP of marketing4Life President and CEO Danny Lee announced the appointment of Brian Gill as the company’s new senior vice president of marketing. Gill has 18 years of experience in marketing and team development and as a key contributor to executive management.
Sabinsa’s pTeroSolPterocarpus marsupiumextract studied in published research for diabetic benefitIn a recent published study in the Journal of Dietary Supplements,researchers found that Pterocarpus marsupium extracts manufactured by Sami Labs (the manufacturing arm of Sabinsa Corporation) lowered blood glucose and HbA1c levels, increasing the levels of the hormone insulin in diabetic rats.
NSF International launches 'DNA Authenticated' seal for ingredient suppliersGlobal product testing firm NSF International announced its new NSF "DNA Authenticated" mark for dietary supplement ingredient suppliers.
LifeScienceRisk provides Prop 65 insurance coverage overviewNoting that Prop 65 is a tangible risk and exposure for companies in the dietary and herbal supplement segment, LifeScienceRisk did extensive research with industry companies and trade associations to develop the coverage introduced in April 2017. It provides coverage for all portions of a notice of violation, including civil penalties, settlement in lieu of civil penalty and attorney costs for both the advocacy group and the company that receives a notice of violation.MOU PARTNER NEWS
GOED appoints Ellen Schutt as interim executive directorWith the previously announced departure of GOED Executive Director Adam Ismail, the GOED board has acted to ensure a seamless transition as it considers the future strategy and direction of the organization. The board has appointed Ellen Schutt, currently vice president of communications and education, to act as interim executive director.
Analyst’s Take: Sports nutrition and weight management market breakdownCheck out the data behind products fueling the U.S. market, from protein powders to energy shots. This is the latest installment of our twice-monthly data discussion from Nutrition Business Journal’s Senior Analyst Claire Morton.RESEARCH
Asthma prone infantsaided by gut-boosting probiotic: StudyInfant supplementation using the probiotic Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG (HRLGG) is potent enough to shape the gut microbiota temporarily, reducing the risk of asthma in children, according to U.S. researchers.
Poor maternal vitamin D linked to increased childhood obesityVitamin D deficiency in early pregnancy may heighten the chance of producing overweight children, according to a new study in Pediatric Obesity.
Beta-glucan supplement may help leaky gut syndrome: StudyA prebiotic dietary fiber containing beta glucan has shown promise in reducing gut permeability, reveals a recent study in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases.School children with poor vitamin D have higher risk of anemiaResearchers in Iran found that children with low vitamin D status had up to three times increased risk of anemia compared to children with sufficient vitamin D, independent of age, sex, or body-mass index.
DHA fish oil concentrate may support immune function in new studyResults from the pilot study showed that the high-DHA concentrate may modulate human B-cell activity in middle-aged obese adults, but the study’s authors stressed the need for further testing in a larger cohort.FDA WARNING LETTERS & GUIDANCES
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