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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.

Fabricant leaves FDA, replaces Shaw as head of NPA

The Natural Products Association (NPA) announced this morning that Daniel Fabricant, PhD, will succeed John Shaw as chief executive officer of the organization effective immediately.  Shaw had tendered his resignation several...

Oxford conference to broaden scope in recognition of 20th anniversary of DSHEA

The upcoming Oxford Conferenece on the Science of Botanicals will have broader scope this year as part of a retrospective on the 20th anniversary of the Dietary Supplement Health and...

Industry experts dispute dietary supplement critic Cohen's call for sweeping new regulations

A long time critic of the dietary supplement industry, Dr Pieter Cohen, MD, has called for a premarket approval regime and a modified adverse event reporting system for dietary supplements...

Emerson Ecologics says new quality program will boost GMP compliance of brands it carries

Emerson Ecologics, which distributes a wide range of dietary supplements in the practictioner channel, has altered its quality program in a way that the company hopes will up the GMP...

Consulting firm Ingredient Identity expands capabilities with new divisions

A key new hire has enabled consulting firm Ingredient Identity to signficantly ramp up its capabilities. In line with that development, the company has formed four new divisions to better...

Gaia Herbs CEO: ‘Our biggest driver is to continue to control the supply chain because a quality herbal product requires a quality herb’

The big three issues for botanicals of identity, adulteration, and solvent residue can be eliminated by controlling the supply chain from seed to shelf, says Ric Scalzo, CEO of Gaia...

News in brief

Study supports probiotic label claims for bacteria levels: Study

A study of five commercially available probiotic products has found that the bacterial levels in the products were similar to those stated on the package, results that support the QA/QC...

Updated: USP outlines its improvements for ginkgo testing

‘A significant contribution to the quality assurance of ginkgo products’: Scientists present simple method to test for adulterants

A new, simple method can address the problem of identifying adulterants in ginkgo biloba extracts, claim the scientists from Southern Cross University and Integria Healthcare in Australia who developed it.

Purchasing departments can drive innovation while delivering on sustainability goals, expert says

Sustainable sourcing is a big buzzword these days, and companies have different methods for achieving that goal. One way to boost a company’s sustainability profile is to tap into a...

FDA agrees to new deadlines on FSMA final rules

The Food and Drug Administration has agreed to new deadlines for final rules detailing the implementaiton of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The agreement comes as part of a...

Next Summit rebranding reflects new unifying themes in supplement industry, organizer says

The dietary supplements and functioanl foods industries have grown tremendously in the two decades since the passage of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994. After a period...

Drugs sold as supplements? Researchers identify breast cancer drug in bodybuilding product

Three quarters of samples of Pharma Labs Inc's bodybuilding food supplement Esto Suppress have been shown to contain the breast cancer drug, tamoxifen, according to researchers.

NPA seeks input on message to countervail negative media reports on supplements

Recent negative reports about the safety and efficacy of dietary supplements aren’t just a black eye on the industry.  They represent a groundswell of public sentiment that could lead to...

Certified organic coating could help supplement manufacturers get closer to organic claims

Organic claims and non GMO status can be challenging subjects for dietary supplement manufacturers. One aspect of that equation might have become a little simpler with the introduction of what...

CRN recommends making FSVP rules apply to all importers of dietary supplements

Overlapping federal rules can sometimes create nooks and crannies that the originators didn’t intend.  The Council for Responsible Nutrition has identified one such possible loophole in the interplay between the...

Special edition: Polyphenols

The big challenges in polyphenols: Providing credible evidence and a quality supply chain

With surging interest in the potential health benefits of polyphenols around the globe, experts suggest that there are still some major sticking points in the polyphenol success story.

New test method said to quantify metals absorption capacity of food, supplement ingredients

A new method of measuring the heavy metal absorption capacity of foods and food  and dietary supplement ingredients has been developed by researcher Mike Adams of the Natural News Forensic...

USP proposes monograph on specific bacillus coagulans probiotic strain

For the first time, the United States Pharmacopoeia is proposing a monograph on a probiotic organism as a food ingredient in the latest series of draft monographs put forward for...

Lawsuit drives home real damage tainted weight loss products can cause

Cases of sibutramine tainting in weight loss products are nothing new.  But a recently-filed lawsuit drives home the real harm such products can cause, and the insidious way in which...

Prochnow: GMPs, NDIs and liquid supplements among prominent regulatory concerns for 2014

Attorney Justin Prochnow has made a career of reading the FDA tea leaves for his clients. As the industry enters 2014, he sees a long-term trend of GMP enforcement and...

For AHPA, 2014's song remains the same: GMPs, GMOs and inaccurate mainstream news reports

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) is planning for 2014 with the assumption that the hot button issues for the New Year are likely to include three of the same...

We’re moving into omega-3 testing next, says Alkemist Labs CEO following successful 2013 and rebranding

Costa Mesa-based Alkemist Labs is expanding its testing capabilities into the omega-3 sector, with the success of its label claim verification/ R&D division allowing for continued reinvestment.

2013’s top regulatory, policy & enforcement news

From warning letters to GMO labeling and FSMA, it’s been a busy year for the regulatory people. In this special gallery we review the top regulatory, policy & enforcement headlines...

CRN seeks clarification on how FSMA affects ingredient suppliers that are already complying with GMPs

The Council for Responsible Nutrition has suggested additional clarification of the risk-based controls portion of the Food Safety Modernization Act.  The suggested clarification, submitted by CRN to the Food and...

Dispatches from SupplySide West 2013

Hiring an attorney early is cheaper than hiring one late, expert says

As dietary supplement firms prepare for their initial (or follow up) GMP compliance inspections, it pays to have the advice of a consultant and/or a lawyer up front. Fixing problems...

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