UNPA SSW Members' Meeting set for Oct. 17 in Las Vegas, 8-10am PDT If you'll be at SupplySide West next week, plan to join the UNPA staff to hear the latest insights and news from the UNPA team, Thursday, Oct. 17, from 8-9 am, in the South Seas Ballroom J, with a one-hour member meet-and-greet to follow starting at 9 am. Click on the link below to RSVP. There is no charge to attend and morning beverages will be served. RSVP here→
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.
FDA makes available list of records required under FSVPThe Foreign Supplier Verification Program's (FSVP) final rule, established through the Food Safety Modernization Act, requires importers to verify that the food they are importing into the United States has been produced in a manner that meets applicable U.S. food safety standards. To help importers determine the FSVP records they should develop and maintain, FDA has made available a list of records required by the FSVP regulation.
FDA releases new chapter of PC human food draft guidance on developing a recall planFDA has announced the availability of draft guidance that explains how food facilities subject to the Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food (CGMP & PC Human Food) rule can establish and implement a written recall plan.
Warning letter shows FDA still enforcing status quo on CBDFDA is continuing to crack down on the legality of CBD when a case comes across its desk, despite a call for an official enforcement discretion policy.LEGAL
FTC settlement bans Advocare from MLM businessAdvoCare International L.P., a direct seller of energy drinks, shakes and supplements, and its former CEO have agreed to pay $150 million to resolve charges that the company operated an illegal pyramid scheme, according to the Federal Trade Commission.HEMP/CANNABINOIDS
Plaintiff’s bar turns attention to CBD with wave of lawsuitsAs widely predicted, the plaintiff’s bar has turned its attention to the burgeoning CBD category with a series of lawsuits alleging that products contain “significantly lower levels of CBD than advertised.”
CBD Update: Hemp cultivation surgeThe vast majority (87 percent) of hemp grown in the U.S. is expected to be used for CBD processing in 2019, according to a new report from cannabis researchers Brightfield Group, which estimates that 285,000 acres of industrial hemp were planted in the U.S. in 2019, up from 78,000 acres in 2018.
Hemp CBD scorecard draws controversyThe controversial “Hemp CBD scorecard” unveiled at Natural Products Expo East to the dismay of brands caught off guard by aggressive accusations can’t be considered without looking at the history of hemp in its modern reincarnation for American agriculture. The Center for Food Safety is pushing for hemp organics, testing, and transparency, but not everyone thinks they went about it the best way.
Navajo Nation’s first hemp products store open for businessIn 1988, the Native American economy got a major boost with the legalization of the Indian gaming industry. Thirty years later, new legalization is offering yet another revenue stream: hemp.PRODUCT TESTING
ConsumerLab tests: Collagen supplements meet label claimsConsumerLab recently reviewed the clinical evidence for collagen and purchased and tested popular collagen supplements sold in the U.S. and Canada as powders, liquids, tablets, capsules and chews. The tests revealed that all of the products contained their claimed amount of collagen.RETAIL
Amazon reportedly signs grocery leasesAmazon, the parent company of Whole Foods Market, has signed leases for more than a dozen brick-and-mortar retail stores in Los Angeles-area locations, including Woodland Hills, Studio City and Irvine, according to reports from CNBC.
U.N. makes landmark decision to achieve universal health goalsAs world leaders adopt a high-level United Nations political declaration on Universal Health Coverage (UHC)—the most exhaustive body of health commitment ever implemented at this level, Agnes Soucat, a director in the UHC and LifeCourse Division of the World Health Organization, discusses what it means moving forward.
Italy follows Denmark in proposing amino-acid-purity values in food supplementsItalian food authorities issued guidance on the purity of amino acids in dietary supplements, becoming only the second European country to do so, in moves intended to guarantee consumers a “high level of protection.”INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE/TECHNOLOGY
Self-interested whims of the oligarchs: Google and Facebook kill access to alternative and integrative medicineJohn Weeks, editor-in-chief of the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, sheds light on recent concerns that Google and Facebook changed their search engine algorithm to make it harder to find information about alternative and integrative medicine.OMEGA-3s
Coastal dwellers low in omega-3s, a new survey foundEven Americans living in an affluent coastal town with good access to fresh seafood are deficient in omega-3s, a new survey has found.PROBIOTICS
Bill Gates says probiotics are key to solving malnutritionProbiotics could be key in addressing malnutrition, according to former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates, who calls the nutritional imbalances affecting around 200 million children under five "the greatest health inequity in the world."UNPA MEMBER COMPANY NEWS
Omniactive Health Technologies forms strategic alliance with JXTG Nippon Oil and EnergyOmniActive Health Technologies has announced a global strategic alliance with the Japan-based JXTG Nippon Oil and Energy, to jointly develop and commercialize branded carotenoid compositions. OmniActive will support the partnership through technology platforms that include OmniBead and UltraSOL.NON-GMOs
Celebrate Non-GMO month: October 2019Now in its tenth year, Non-GMO Month is North America’s largest celebration of the consumer’s right to choose non-GMO. This annual event every October raises consumer awareness about the GMO issue, drives sales of non-GMO products, and supports the brands and retailers that have made a non-GMO commitment.PACKAGING
Cargill, Unilever, Nestle chart paths to reduce plastic in packagingLarge food and beverage suppliers and manufacturers are aggressively reducing their use of plastic in response to rising concerns about the material’s negative environmental impact by consumers who increasingly shop based on their values. Nestlé also recently initiated a five-step approach at its new research facility for tackling the problem of packaging waste.ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
Nutraveris launches AI platforms to speed European market entry for U.S. firmsFrench consulting firm Nutraveris has launched two AI platforms aimed at helping American firms streamline entry into the markets of EU member countries.
Givaudan launches skin microbiome profiling for product tailoringGivaudan is exploring the idea of personalized nutricosmetic products with its microbiome analysis system designed to tailor products to consumer’s bacterial skin communities.
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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.MARKET RESEARCH
Nutrition bars now $5.5 billion categoryNutrition bars continue to dominate as they reach $5.5 billion and draw a steady stream of investment activity.
Glowing skin and nutrition top priority for skin care consumers'Glowing' skin is a key aim for skin care shoppers, and 98 percent of them believe that good nutrition is necessary to achieve this, according to a survey by Lycored.
Trump supporters are actually more likely to avoid glutenA study that looked at the “complex relationship between the social construction of gluten avoidance and the potential role of political views” has found that supporters of President Donald Trump are significantly more likely to avoid gluten than self-identified liberals.
Gut health affected by teams of bacteria, not individual speciesGut microbial species work in teams to perform different functions, suggesting that cultivating certain groups of bacteria may be more important than specific species, according to an international team of researchers.
Eating mussels may help reduce the risk of cardiac arrest thanks to omega-3sEating mussels three times per week may help bring about significant health benefits, such as reducing the risk of cardiac arrest, thanks to their omega-3 fatty acid properties, according to researchers from the University of Stirling.
Frequent mushroom consumption associated with reduced prostate cancer riskHabitual mushroom intake may help to prevent prostate cancer, especially in middle-aged and elderly Japanese men, according to the findings of a new Japanese cohort study.
Microbe gut diversity lost in patients as pathogens dominateLong-term hospital patients receiving intensive care lose gut microbial diversity as researchers observe how potentially harmful microbes overwhelm the gut microbiome.
Chr-Hansen funded study points to bifidobacteria’s role in aspirin-induced ulcersBacteria normally found in babies’ gut can prevent or even heal ulcers triggered by aspirin, according to European researchers, who think it could be added to patients' diets as a natural supplement.
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