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Omega-3 trade group to advocate EPA/DHA

In an effort to let consumers know not all omega-3s bring equal benefits, 12 ingredients makers - including Cargill, Ocean Nutrition Canada and Martek Biosciences - have joined forces to...

FDA not 'nano-ready', says report

A former FDA deputy commissioner for policy has denounced the agency's capacity to properly regulate nanotechnology products including supplements, a criticism that could inflame debate leading up to the agency's...

Ontario pushes traditional medicine regulation

The credibility of traditional Chinese medicine has been called into question by a contentious bill that has passed to a second reading in the Ontario legislative assembly in Canada, with...

Sabinsa agrees to end US Genimax sales

Sabinsa Corporation has agreed to discontinue making or selling Genimax in the US as part of a settlement with Archer Daniels Midland over patent infringement of the agribusiness giant's proprietary...

IFF develops reference base for salt reduction flavors

International Flavors & Fragrances has completed an internal program designed for sodium reduction, which provides the firm with a base of reference for its range of flavor systems for reduced...

Nutraceutical Corp again challenges ephedra ban

Nutraceutical Corporation is not giving up its fight for banned herbal, ephedrine, and has filed a petition for rehearing in front of the entire tenth circuit of the US Court...

AER missing from FDA guidance

The FDA has released a guidance for food facilities to maintain records of production and distribution that still falls short of taking a stance on the issue of adverse events...

Kemin wins patent infringement appeal

A US Court of Appeals has upheld Kemin Industries' lutein patents after Pigmentos Vegetales del Centro appealed a September 2004 jury verdict - finally closing lengthy litigation between the two...

CRN funds self-regulation move

The CRN has announced it is funding a federal advertising body to monitor advertising for dietary supplements as part of the overall aim of encouraging the industry to self-regulate.

SoyLink powder tech patent sparks new applications

Soy-powder maker SoyLink has a new US patent for its proprietary technology - a manufacturing process the Iowa-based company says will expand current uses for soy in functional foods and...

Weekly Comment

Sweet nothing for global trade

The transition to the new EU sugar regime is a reminder of what was lost when the Doha round of WTO trade talks collapsed.

Chrysantis obtains new zeaxanthin patent

Chrysantis has a new utility patent for development of zeaxanthin esters - an announcement that bodes well for its soon-to-be-launched extended line of the naturally sourced eye health ingredients.

Unilever urges FDA loosen phytosterol health claim

Unilever has petitioned the FDA to amend its health claim for the use of phytosterols in foods and allow full daily intake in one serving rather than two - suggesting...

FDA gives GRAS go-ahead to Lipogen PS

Israeli phosphatidylserine-maker Lipogen now has FDA affirmed GRAS status for its patented product line, suggesting increasing US market interest in this mental health ingredient.

AHPA tackles US Forest Service's "native plant" definition

In a bid to more effectively protect wild herbs used by the natural products industry, AHPA has found fault with the US Forest Service's definition of what constitutes a "native...

Burcon gets US patent for canola process

Burcon NutraScience has been granted a US patent for a protein extraction and purification technology it says improves protein recovery as well as the nutritional profile of protein isolates.

EU set to bring 'super cereal' to supermarkets

The EU is funding an innovative new research programme that could see the introduction of a highly nutritional cereal within the bloc.

Health Canada issues black cohosh advisory

Canada has issued an advisory about a possible link between black cohosh and liver damage - bringing the herb, used in relieving menopausal symptoms, further negative attention following similar moves...

US appeals court upholds ban on ephedra

A federal appeals court has overturned a Utah ruling that challenged the FDA ban on products containing weight loss and sports performance herbal ephedra, making it more unlikely than ever...

AHPA plans centralized ODI database

The American Herbal Products Association is planning to compile a database of dietary ingredients marketed in the United States before October 1994, and is calling on companies to send records...

USDA to revise nutrition program for women and kids

The US government has proposed that its Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutritional program should be revised for the first time in over 25 years in order to better reflect...

FDA makes concessions following criticism

The FDA has responded to criticisms made by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) that the regulation body is under pressure to exclude or alter technical information on scientific reports...

Guest article

The global regulatory environment for nutraceuticals

Just as the regulatory environment for dietary supplements, food supplements and nutraceuticals is evolving in the United States, so is the case in other key global markets. But for a...

FTC orders Seasilver makers to pay $120mn

The FTC has ordered the makers of 'cure all' Seasilver to pay almost $120mn for failing to comply with an earlier order to reimburse consumers - thereby signaling to infringing...

Fuji bags astaxanthin inflammation patent

Fuji Chemical Industry has been granted a US patent for the use of astaxanthin to reduce inflammation, enabling the manufacturer to further strengthen its position in the market.