SUBSCRIBE

Breaking News on Supplements & Nutrition - North AmericaEU edition

Trends > GMPs, QA & QC

GMPs, QA & QC

GMPs, QA & QC

The implementation of new safety measures and current good manufacturing practices (cGMPs) are having a huge impact on business. We bring you the latest developments in this increasingly important sector.

New testing firm aims to evaluate ingredients on their biological activity, founder says

A new testing firm has debuted that the founder and CEO says will offer a way to judge ingredients based not just on their chemical profiles but on their actual...

News in brief

AHPA online resource aims to help industry rebut criticisms arising from NYAG affair

The American Herbal Products Association has unveiled an online resource center for information regarding the actions of New York State Attorney General Eric Schniederman.  Schneiderman’s action against the dietary supplements...

Updated: NBTY appreciates AG's efforts & will comply. "We are confident that our products meet our label claims"

NBTY, Pharmavite, Nature's Way and Nutraceutical Corp. pulled into NY AG’s probe

NY AG Eric Schneiderman has extended his investigation into herbal supplements by sending letters to four leading manufacturers demanding detailed ingredient and quality control information on every herbal supplement they...

Special Edition: Going Non GMO in Supplements

Non GMO supplement ingredients are available, but price might be a shock, expert says

As the issue of mandatory GMO labeling looms ever larger on the radar of the dietary supplements industry, so too looms the question of supply of non GMO ingredients. The main active...

Synutra CEO: ‘We expect quicker adoption of validated chondroitin testing methods in light of NY AG actions’

The NY Attorney General's actions are forcing companies to think more deeply about their ingredient testing, which should lead to a faster adoption of effective testing protocols for insuring the...

UNPA unveils insurance plan offering enhanced coverage for companies that clear high quality bar

The United Natural Products Alliance has announced a new insurance program designed especially for the needs of the dietary supplements industry.  The program takes a detailed look at company operations...

Twinlab's manufacturing plant humming with acquisition of contract manufacturing business

Twinlab Consolidated Holdings has acquired the book of business of contract manufacturer Nutricap Labs in a deal that will solidify the plan to maintain the company’s in-house manufacturing capacity, Twinlab...

Education gap on supplements means myths can persist among pharmacists, MDs

The New York AG affair has revealed a gulf: While the majority of Americans say they use dietary supplements, few of them understand much about how they’re made, or regulated....

Experts panel offering ready access could fend off future public relations debacles like AG affair, observers say

Citing shortcomings in the way the New York Attorney General’s office relied on DNA barcoding in its recent action is all well and good, but having a more proactive method...

GNC revenue declines as company revamps pricing, product mix and corporate culture

GNC Holdings reported declining sales in the fourth quarter and for its full 2014 fiscal year. CEO Michael Archbold attributed the declines to changes in pricing, revamping of stores’ product...

Cooperman: AG used wrong test, but that doesn't mean there isn't a quality problem in supplement industry

The dietary supplement industry might eventually come out ahead in the public relations battle over the fallout caused by the actions of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. But that...

Increased demand for testing means overall quality of dietary supplement industry is improving, Alkemist Labs CEO says

Despite the prominent black eye suffered by the dietary supplement industry in the recent New York Attorney General affair, increased demand for testing services is a sign the industry is...

Supplement manufacturer slapped with permanent injunction after series of warning letters

An Oregon-based marketer of dietary supplements has been slapped with a permanent injuction for distributing prodcts that the Food and Drug Administration alleged were adulterated and were unapproved new drugs.

High NDI failure rate putting more emphasis on GRAS status for new ingredients

The high rate of failure in New Dietary Ingredient notifications has led some companies to seek workarounds. Anecdotal evidence gathered by NutraIngredients-USA shows that companies are increasingly leaning on GRAS...

Dr Pieter Cohen: ‘The NY AG’s test results do not ring true’

The New York Attorney General’s results of his herbal supplement investigation are “unbelievable”, says Harvard’s Dr Pieter Cohen. “I think that this does not ring true,” he told NutraIngredients-USA....

FDA budget request outlines priorities in FSMA implementation, increased inspections

The budget request from the White House for the Food and Drug Administration is part of President Obama’s overall budget that will not see the light of day.  Nevertheless, the...

Sports nutrition companies differentiating based on quality, transparency

The issue of “protein spiking” has led companies in the sports nutrition sphere to start to differentiate their products based on the quality and transparency of their ingredients and to...

Failure to refer to established national standards calls AG investigation into question, experts say

The New York state attorney general’s investigation into allegedly substandard herbal dietary supplements was flawed from the start by an inexplicable failure to refer to national standards established for the...

Organoleptic ID of botanicals still valid if supported with documentation, experts say

A recent FDA warning letter to a company making products based on whole dandelion parts and other herbs seems to call into question whether organoleptic identification of incoming botanical specimens...

AHPA: 2015 will see changes in Congress, implementation of FSMA rules and progress on cannabis restrictions

The herbal products industry can expect several recent trends to continue in 2015, but there are also some significant changes on the horizon. Here are a few things the industry...

ABC releases lab guidance document on skullcap showing best methods to detect adulteration

As part of a second phase of its Botanical Adulterants Program, The American Botanical Council has released the first of a series of laboratory guidance documents, this one pertaining to...

Guest article

NPA: 2015 will bring challenges in Congress, media and GMP compliance

As with any new year, January is a time for looking ahead and getting in front of obstacles before they arise. Many mistakenly believe that a new year means new,...

FDA warning over infant's death shouldn't call safety of probiotics into question, experts say

The recall last last year of a probiotic product found to be contaminated with a fungus should not cast a pall over the entire sector, experts say.  Though they are...

Guest article

UNPA: On a host of issues, it's back to the future in 2015

On the cusp of its 30th anniversary, there’s been a lot of talk about the look forward provided by the 1985 movie, Back to the Future. A similar look back at the...

The 10 key events of 2014… Our editors' selections

As we enter the twilight days of 2014 the editors of NutraIngredients-USA become a reflective bunch. A lot of things happened this year, and here is our top 10 of...

Key Industry Events