Survey: Consumers support mandatory dietary supplement registration The majority of consumers support a requirement that manufacturers of dietary supplements provide FDA a list of their products and ingredients, according to a survey from The Pew Charitable Trusts. The survey also found that 1 in 8 consumers said they or a family member had experienced an adverse event--a finding which has been criticized as a faulty statistic by industry group CRN, which noted that the possible universe of people expanded but was not reflected in the calculations. Read coverage:
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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 to host annual members' meeting at SupplySide West, Oct. 17
Hear the latest insights and news from the UNPA team at the annual SupplySide West Members' Meeting, Oct. 17, from 8-9 am with a one-hour member meet-and-greet to follow starting at 9 am. Click on the title above to RSVP. There is no charge to attend. See you there!
Access UNPA's analysis of CBD comments to FDA
The Aug. 22 UNPA webinar, a review and analysis of the comments submitted to FDA on cannabis and CBD by UNPA President Loren Israelsen, is now available for OnDemand viewing at the link embedded in the above title.
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.
Trump nominates Stephen Hahn as his next FDA commissionerPresident Donald Trump’s nomination of MD Anderson executive Stephen Hahn to lead the FDA breaks from a consensus among former FDA leaders and patient advocacy groups, which pushed the administration to stick with acting commissioner Ned Sharpless.
FDA launches FDA Track, a food safety dashboard to track FSMA progressFDA has established a Food Safety Dashboard designed to track the impact of the seven foundational rules of the Food Safety Modernization Act, measure their progress and help the agency to refine its implementation.
FDA updates food defense plan builderFDA has launched an updated version of the Food Defense Plan Builder to help companies meet the requirements of the Intentional Adulteration rule under the Food Safety Modernization Act.LEGAL
CVS to pay refunds on algal DHA memory supplementCVS has agreed to pay refunds on a brand of memory supplements, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest, which sued the company on behalf of consumers.
Herbalife to pay $20 million over SEC chargesThe SEC alleged Herbalife misled investors in U.S. regulatory filings by telling them its business in China model was different from that in other countries.
Advocare to pay $150 million FTC fine, agrees to dismantle MLM structureAdvoCare, a multi-level marketing company, has agreed to a $150 million fine and a compensation plan restructuring to settle an FTC pyramid scheme case. In addition, the former CEO has agreed to a ban from the industry.HEMP/CANNABINOIDS
Gulf in CBD product quality laid bare as calls for tighter controls amplifyA cannabidiol (CBD) manufacturer is calling for greater regulatory controls after independent analyses of 31 CBD-based products found varying levels of active ingredients, as well as CBD-related labeling issues.
What is raw cannabis?The latest craze in the cannabis world is raw cannabis, which is distinctly different from both the cannabinoids tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD).
After hemp crop tanks, CBD producer sues Oregon hemp seed seller for $44 millionA Kentucky-based company that produces CBD has filed a $44 million lawsuit against an Oregon company it claims sold it nearly worthless hemp seeds that ruined a massive 2019 crop.FINANCIALS
UNFI sales pass $21.39 billion in 2019United Natural Foods Inc. reported this week that its net sales totaled $6.4 billion for 4Q19 and $21.39 billion for the fiscal year.ORGANICS
Flavorchem highlights regulations for organic flavorsAccording to U.S. regulations that take effect Dec. 27, 2019, all flavors within organic food and beverage products will also need to be certified organic, unless the flavor is not commercially available as organic.
GMA to become Consumer Brands AssociationNew identity reflects changing CPG industry, CEO Geoff Freeman says.TRENDS
Contract manufacturers ID top 10 trends for 2020In part 1 of this feature, titled “The Evolution of Contract Manufacturing,” WholeFoods Magazine asked contract manufacturers to identify the trends of today that will keep growing tomorrow—as well as what they see on the horizon that may take off in 2020.
Organic and clean trends are making inroads on dietary supplement labelsOverlapping health trends are pushing more companies to have simpler ingredient decks to achieve organic and clean labels.
Ensuring preservatives are appropriately tested in liquid supplementsPreservative systems in liquid supplements should be tested for anti-microbial efficacy to ensure products are safe through their shelf life.BOTANICALS
Why isn’t there more organic curcumin available?This article looks at the challenges of producing organic curcumin and whether organic really does mean better.
Standardization of the ‘blessing seed’Brands selecting a black seed oil ingredient must understand the extraction process to ensure the proper ratios and amount of biological compounds that make it functional.OMEGA-3s
Omega-3 supplements help reduce risk of heart attack and other cardiovascular diseases, says meta-analysisPeople taking omega-3s are at lower risk of heart attack and other cardiovascular disease events, but gain no benefit for stroke, according to a new meta-analysis from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital.PROBIOTICS
Probiotic taxonomy changes through historyThrough centuries of scientific discovery, bacteria have gone through a long journey of classification and reclassification.SPORTS NUTRITION
Savory and female friendly: Sports nutrition expert’s tips for new protein supplement product innovationProtein supplement manufacturers should explore the current gap in the market for more savory and female-friendly options when developing new products, according to a leading nutrition consultant.PET PRODUCTS
For humans, now pets: Pet health supplement ingredientsMore and more shoppers want their pets to have the same high-quality, cutting-edge ingredients found in human supplements.
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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.MARKETING
Social media influencer marketing on the rise. Here are the health rulesInfluencer marketing is still quite novel and yet it is predicted to grow to more than double its 2017 figures to become a $6.5 billion industry this year, according to Influencer Marketing Hub, so it’s important to ensure these promos are legal and ethical.MARKET RESEARCH
Dietary supplement use reaches all-time highIn its 20th year, the CRN Consumer Survey on Dietary Supplements reveals the highest overall dietary supplement usage to date, with 77 percent of Americans reporting they consume dietary supplements.
Anxiety, stress top health concerns for American supplement consumersSixty-four percent of U.S. supplement consumers take vitamins, minerals, herbs or other dietary supplements daily, according to the 2nd annual national survey on emerging ingredient categories commissioned by Trust Transparency Center, a boutique strategy and insights firm for the natural products industry.
Synbiotics and omega-3 given to kids by over 75 percent of Spanish GPsResearch looking into the use of dietary supplements by Spanish pediatricians finds more than 75 percent prescribe synbiotics, omega-3 oils and others to their patients.
Digestive health continues to drive functional food and beverage product developmentGut health has continued to gain prominence in the food and beverage industry, and despite some ongoing issues regarding efficacy and definitions, the science behind gut health continues to encourage the use of fibers, prebiotics, and probiotics for digestive health in a range of products.
Millennials boost fair trade label salesA recent study shows that consumers, especially millennials, are willing to pay more for ethically made products.
Microbiome profiling: Study uncovers comprehensive list of organisms that make a healthy gutThere are 157 organisms that form the “baseline biome” of a healthy human gut, according to new research published in PLoS One.
Mixed results for a test of vitamin C for sepsisCould the leading cause of death in hospitals be curtailed with a safe and inexpensive treatment that includes vitamin C? The biggest study published to date now comes to a vexing conclusion.
First of its kind review supports curcumin’s vascular benefitsSupplements of curcumin from turmeric may improve endothelial function, according to a systematic review and meta-analysis of 10 randomized controlled studies, published in Phytotherapy Research.
Fish oil can significantly reduce risk of heart attacks, study findsA recent 26,000-person study on the benefits of vitamin D and omega-3s reveals that omega-3 fatty acids can have a serious impact in terms of lowering one’s overall heart attack risk. Vitamin D was linked to lowering study participants’ risk of death by cancer.
Bias inherent in company-funded research calls value of evidence into question, critic maintainsThe results of company-funded research are so predictable that the value of the studies is greatly reduced, according to Marion Nestle, Ph.D., NYU nutrition professor and prominent critic of the practice.
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