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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.

Expert review: ‘DNA barcoding unsuitable as a stand-alone tool for identifying & authenticating botanicals’

DNA barcoding to identify and authenticate botanical ingredients in dietary supplements should only be used in addition to other existing analytical methods, says a new expert review.

Experts dispute notion that DSHEA hamstrung FDA

Despite the tenor of a recent meeting of ex FDA commissioners, DSHEA didn’t tie the hands of federal regulators, experts contacted by NutraIngredients-USA have said.

CRN names UL for Dietary Supplement Product Registry

UL has been retained to develop and administer the dietary supplement product registry, which is expected to be up and running by the end of 2016.

GNC raw material proposal in active revision, AHPA says

The botanical raw material GMP proposal put forward by GNC earlier this year is in active revision, according the American Herbal Products Association.

Attention given to preventing adulteration on the rise, but has that curbed the problem?

Is the dietary supplement industry getting a handle on the adulteration issue?  The baseline data does not exist to be able to say one way or another. But sources agree...

Special edition: Bone and joint health

Quality and transparency issues continue to dog shrinking chondroitin category

Despite support from a prestigious Cochrane Review, many manufacturers to re-emphasize chondroitin and to use efficacious amounts in their supplements, says the President and CEO, Synutra Pure.

'When the price is low you should be suspicious.'

Action needed to curb boswellia adulteration: QC analyst

Boswellia serrata adulteration remains a major problem in the EU and elsewhere and responsible players need to do more to identify fraudulent material and actors, an expert has said.

Bulletin highlights adulteration of 'folkloric' star goldenseal

The American Botanical Council has extended its series on herbal adulteration with a bulletin focusing on goldenseal.

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Consumer confidence, transparency & innovation: What's going on in the dietary supplements industry?

Schneiderman, McCaskill, Cohen, Frontline… it’s been blow after blow for the dietary supplements industry, so you have to ask if consumer confidence and trust in the products have been affected....

Warning letter provides insight into labeling responsibilities

A warning letter to a company called Rocky Fork Formulas has particular insights for the labeling operations in the dietary supplement responsibility chain.

FDA developing next-gen toolbox for probiotic products

The US Food and Drug Administration is developing a next-generation toolbox for analyzing live microbial products, including DNA microarrays, metagenomic sequencing and analysis, and a whole genome database development.

News in brief

New ‘Botanical Adulterants Bulletins’ series launched to help raise awareness of herb adulteration

The ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Program has announced the publication of a new series of reviews on adulteration of botanical ingredients called the Botanical Adulterants Bulletins (BABs).

FDA’s new dietary supplement office should focus on tainted products, GMPs & NDIs, industry leaders say

With the recent elevation of dietary supplement oversight from a division to its own office at FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, the agency should renew its focus...

A wake-up call: UNPA survey shows lack of consumer & market awareness of credible certification seals

Eighty-one percent of responders to a recent UNPA survey think the dietary supplements industry would need a new quality seal if the industry had to move toward a single seal...

Alkemist Labs clarifies C of A policy

Lab reports that mimic Alkemist Labs’ distinctive testing format may be causing confusion in the marketplace and undermining the integrity of an Alkemist Labs C of A, the company has...

Data confirms that DNA barcoding alone not suitable for finished dietary supplement products

Two new studies have shown what many in industry have been claiming for a long time: DNA barcoding by itself is not an adequate method for analyzing botanical dietary supplements.

FDA ‘appreciates’ CRN’s product registry efforts

The US Food and Drug Administration tells NutraIngredients-USA that it looks forward to learning more about the Council for Responsible Nutrition’s proposed industry-wide dietary supplement product registry.

Nationwide GMO labeling, insurance coverage & increased enforcement top NPA's wish list on Capitol Hill

Members of the Natural Products Association met with their senators' and representatives' offices in Washington, DC, April 13 to promote standardized GMO labeling nationwide, insurance coverage of dietary supplements, increased...

CRN to launch industry-wide dietary supplement product registry

The Council for Responsible Nutrition’s Board has unanimously authorized the creation of an industry-wide dietary supplement product registry to be launched by the end of the year.

‘misrepresentations of products can occur’

Aquaculture Stewardship Council sees potential in DNA seaweed testing

DNA testing and verification of seaweed can be useful in an increasingly busy sector where quality varies and manufacturer demands are rising amid stricter regulations, an aquaculture group has said.

Updated AHP cranberry monograph includes tools to help stem tide of adulteration

A newly updated AHP monograph on cranberry identification will set a new standard in ensuring the quality and efficacy of this botanical, said one of the paper’s co-authors.

Regulatory experts to open 2016 IPA World Congress + Probiota Americas

Experts from the US FDA, EFSA, Food Standards Australia New Zealand, and Anvisa will provide regulatory insights about global probiotic regulations at the 2016 IPA World Congress + Probiota Americas.

GNC’s CEO: Raw material GMPs are “absolutely a great solution for the industry”

Supplement heavyweight GNC’s industry initiative to boost supply chain integrity and defend consumer confidence is gaining momentum, with over 80 different companies involved in the consortium to date, said the...

US AG Lynch discusses protecting consumers from “unsafe dietary supplements”

“A waste of money”, “not subject to testing by the FDA”, and “made from untested synthetic chemicals from China” are just some of the points made by Attorney General Loretta...

Mazza exec says water extraction technology positions company to compete on clean label playing field

Mazza Innovation Ltd has formally opened its commercial-scale processing facility featuring its proprietary water extraction technology branded as PhytoClean.

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