Synthetic ingredients' regulatory uncertainty still a problem for supplements, whether in Amarin’s omega-3 battle or in NDI guidance
Synthetic ingredients' regulatory uncertainty still a problem for supplements, whether in Amarin’s omega-3 battle or in NDI guidance FDA’s stance on synthetic botanicals is as problematic and unresolved today as it was for the industry back in 2016 in the NDI draft guidance process. As recently as last week, the topic was top-of-mind, when industry associations submitted public comments to FDA in response to the agency’s invitation to the public to submit ideas about how it should improve the way it regulates dietary supplements. Read more→
Rocky Mountain Dietary Supplement Forum offers discount to UNPA members
The UNPA-sponsored Rocky Mountain Dietary Supplement Forum, Sept. 26-27, in Boulder Colo., is offering a 10 percent registration discount for UNPA members. The annual conference will focus on "What’s new in the dietary supplement industry for 2019." To receive the discount, enter "UNPA" in the field titled “Admin Only” on the registration page.
Rabobank: Organic foods sales still growing but at a slower pace U.S. retail sales of organic food continue to increase (reaching nearly $50 billion in sales last year) but at a slower pace, according to a Rabobank report.REGULATORY
Enforcement, IP protection keys to FDA innovation push Many industry groups that submitted public comments about NDI requirements implored FDA to hold new dietary ingredient scofflaws accountable and to implement a confidential master file system.LEGAL
Amarin plans another fight against concentrated EPA supplements Amarin, the manufacturer of the pharmaceutical drug Vascepa, has devised a new strategy in its long-running grievances against the dietary supplement sector.
Young Living acquires Nature’s Ultra Young Living Essential Oils has announced its acquisition of Nature’s Ultra. The company, with its more than 1,500 acres of hemp farms in Colorado, will continue to operate independently.
FDA commits to early fall update on CBD while it reaffirms enforcement stance FDA said this week that it will have an update on a new regulatory structure for CBD by early fall. The announcement came via a press release on another warning issued to a CBD marketer making illegal disease claims.
Coalition of 37 state attorneys general urge FDA to cooperate with states on CBD regulation In public comments submitted to FDA on July 16, a coalition of 37 state attorneys general urged FDA to cooperate with the states in protecting consumers from false advertising on cannabis-derived products, such as CBD, and the potential hazards of consuming such products in certain populations. In other comments, advocacy groups asked the agency to issue an interim final rule that would permit the lawful use of the hemp-derived cannabinoid cannabidiol (CBD) in dietary supplement and food products as well as to increase its enforcement in the segment.
Study demonstrates efficacy of PlusCBD oil for sleep, wellness and weight loss A controlled clinical study has demonstrated that PlusCBD Oil from CV Sciences can improve sleep, help reduce appetite, and enhance quality of life. The company claims the study is the first of its kind.
Competing concerns in the CBD market—Deep Dive n 2018, hemp-based CBD U.S. sales totaled $390 million, but the CBD market size has been estimated to reach anywhere from $1.5 billion to $22 billion by 2022. Although the 2018 Farm Bill removed hemp from the Controlled Substances Act and treated the crop as an agricultural commodity subject to USDA’s oversight, FDA has yet to establish a legal pathway to use CBD in food and dietary supplements.
Retailers of hemp/CBD products still risk encounters with police, health officials From Maine and New York to California, local police and health officials have taken actions aimed at removing cannabidiol-containing products from restaurants, health food stores and other retailers.
Hemp/CBD proves promising for some natural retailers From all the buzz, you'd think hemp/CBD is saving natural retail. Here's what's really happening, according to the annual Natural Foods Merchandiser Market Overview survey.
Nu Skin Enterprises provides estimated second-quarter results Nu Skin Enterprises announced estimated 2Q results and updated its outlook for full-year 2019, reporting 2Q revenue between $622 million and $623 million and earnings per share of $0.82 to $0.84. The company’s revised revenue outlook for 2019 is $2.48 billion to $2.52 billion with a negative foreign currency impact of approximately 4 percent, and earnings per share of $3.20 to $3.35.
GNC CEO: Expect more closures CEO Ken Martindale says retailers will focus on digital growth as mall stores’ sales continue to drop. Second-quarter sales in the U.S. and Canada dropped 4.6 percent, but adjusted net income rose 8.3 percent compared to a year ago, the company reported.
Herbalife Nutrition appoints new lead director Herbalife Nutrition's board of directors has elected James Nelson, former CEO of the publicly-traded real estate investment trust Global Net Lease Inc., as its new lead director, effective immediately.
U.K. government bans sale of energy drinks to kids under 16 The U.K. government has confirmed it will ban the sale of energy drinks to children under age 16. The decision follows a government consultation on proposals last year and increasing support for restricting energy drink sales.
Inside Europe’s booming and chaotic CBD market Europe’s cannabidiol food and supplements market was on display at a recent CBD expo in Berlin, with CBD supplement and cosmetic manufacturers reporting impressive margins in a controversial category defined by booming sales and baffling regulations.
Irish government’s VAT plans for supplements now meet tax approach hurdle After a number of delays, Ireland looks set to tax food supplements, much to the dismay of industry groups, although the latest stumbling block appears to be which tax rate should the government apply.
2019 Market Overview: Independents find pace in natural retail’s new normal After years of losing market share to competitors, independents are joining forces, fighting back and reclaiming their space in the industry they created. This is one of the key takeaways from Natural Foods Merchandiser’s latest Natural Retailer Market Overview Survey, which is reporting that in 2018, overall sales of natural products reached $158 billion, up about 6 percent from 2017.
Sharing is caring: Why social e-commerce is conducive for health food success E-commerce via social media channels is especially conducive to health food and supplement brands because it plays into consumer demands for trusted recommendations from fellow users.
What Amazon’s email about counterfeit supplements might mean to the industry Amazon sent a warning email to some customers earlier this month, saying that some probiotics sold as Procter and Gamble’s Align brand might be counterfeit, Wired reported. Industry stakeholders hope it’s a sign that the e-commerce giant will increase oversight of supplements sold on its platform.
INS Farms conducts fingerprint testing of North American black elderberry INS now has results of what it said is the first-ever polyphenol fingerprint testing of the black elderberry (Sambucus nigra) cultivated in the U.S., which was performed by Christian Krueger and his team at Complete Phytochemical Solutions.
EPA rejects ban on damaging pesticide chlorpyrifos, again Although farmworker, consumer and environmental advocates have been lobbying the EPA to ban the insecticide known as chlorpyrifos for over a decade, the agency last Friday announced that it would not be instituting one. EPA argues that it lacks the “underlying data” behind the cited studies on chlorpyrifos but will “continue to monitor the safety of chlorpyrifos through its pesticide registration review program."
Scientists desert USDA as agency relocated to Kansas City area Two crucial research agencies at the U.S. Department of Agriculture are reportedly “hemorrhaging” staff after Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced that these agencies will soon be relocated to the Kansas City area. The Union of Concerned Scientists decried the move as a “blatant attack on science” that will harm farmers, ranchers, and consumers alike.
Regulatory framework for expanding the U.S. cannabis market proposed The current issue of the American Botanical Council’s peer-reviewed journal HerbalGram features a proposed state-federal regulatory framework for the U.S. cannabis (Cannabis sativa) industry. The proposal suggests the removal of cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act, thus allowing U.S. stakeholders entry into the global market.
The omnichannel halo: How stories drive e-commerce The International Council of Shopping Centers just released its latest findings on ways omnichannel options power retail sales. And while Tom McGee, the group’s CEO, says it isn’t particularly surprising to find a strong channel halo effect, the dollar amount is enough to make all merchants pay closer attention.
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USANA signs official supplement suppliers license with the Korean Basketball League USANA Korea announced that it will now be the Official Supplement Supplier for the KBL, the Korean Basketball League. As part of this deal, USANA will provide players with a selection of various nutritional supplements, such as the HealthPak, Nutrimeal and MySmart Protein Plus.
FDA should audit supplement testing labs for GMPs: Alkemist Labs Supplement testing labs haven’t been among the facilities audited for GMP compliance, but in this recent podcast Alkemist Labs’ Elan Sudberg says the tide is changing.
Appealing to the female wellness consumer “Centuality” is a term coined by The Hartman Group more than a decade ago to summarize the three key criteria women use when choosing wellness products and services: fiscal responsibility, the five senses and common sense or logic.
Cardiovascular benefits of beetroot juice more pronounced among older adults than younger Supplementation of nitrate-rich beetroot juice was linked to increased plasma nitrite concentrations and reduced diastolic blood pressure to a “greater degree in older adults than younger ones,” according to a recent paper from Massey University in New Zealand.
How probiotics can help improve oral health for seniors Probiotics could play a crucial role in improving oral biofilm composition and therefore prevent periodontal disease, especially in combination with traditional dental treatments, according to research from DuPont.
Study explains molecular mechanism for therapeutic effect of cilantro In a new study published in the FASEB Journal, researchers uncovered the molecular action that enables cilantro to effectively delay certain seizures common in epilepsy and other diseases.
Higher intake of linoleic acid may reduce type 2 diabetes risk Individuals who consume foods rich in linoleic acid may have a reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to a recent study published in Diabetes Care.
Higher dietary intake of resveratrol lowers hip fracture risk Elderly people who consume more resveratrol are less likely to suffer from hip fractures, a Chinese study has shown.
‘Unselfish’ microbe communities work together to acquire nutrients Scientists from the Living Systems Institute reveal why microbes shun a “survival of the fittest” approach when acquiring nutrients, instead choosing a cooperative strategy that ensures balance and stability of the bacterial population.
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