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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.

PEAs harder to control than were steroids, experts say

The presence and proliferation of phenylethylamines in sports nutrition products continues to be a thorn in the side of the dietary supplement industry.  But trying to regulate these ingredients away...

GRMA launches website ahead of releasing consensus-based GMP standard for dietary supplements

The Global Retailer and Manufacturer Alliance (GRMA) has launched www.GRMAlliance.org to encourage participation in the ANSI standards development process, with its GMP standard for supplements expected soon.

Regulations, supply chain, and deep science take center stage in Oxford

NDIs, GMPs, advances in analytical techniques, safety, and future directions for dietary supplements are just some of the stand out topics to be explored at the upcoming 17th Annual Oxford...

New technology and new players push labs to demystify testing: Alkemist Labs CEO

Keeping up to date with technological advances, understanding which testing methods are suitable for botanical materials and finished products, and how reference standards fit into the picture are just some...

East meets West to create 'world's first' catalogue of genomic references for TCM products

A new project has been launched to create the ‘world’s first’ catalogue of genomic references for medicinal plants used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).  

Colorado supplement firm shut down over repeated GMP failures

A Colorado-based distributor of dietary supplements has received a permanent injunction as a result of repeated GMP violations that spanned more than four years.

Dried surrogate bacteria could help with process validation, FSMA compliance

A new validation technique using dried surrogate bacteria that could help companies come into compliance with new FSMA requirements has been developed by French company Novolyze.

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The Supplement OWL takes self-regulation under its wing

I don’t speak French, but anyone who took a high school civics class is familiar with the term laissez-faire. Literally meaning “to leave alone,” it’s not always the best course of action—especially...

University of Guelph nears launch of research alliance to boost DNA testing for botanicals

The University of Guelph in Canada is launching the NHP Research Alliance to provide global leadership to advance the use of DNA testing and molecular diagnostics in quality assurance QA...

NutraSource Diagnostics partners with Whole Foods Market on non-GMO labeling for supplements

Canadian testing firm Nutrasource Diagnostics Inc. has potentially cracked open a huge sector of the market with GMO testing certification for supplements that has been approved by Whole Foods Market...

Testing partnership aims to make compliance more affordable

Shimadzu Scientific Inc. and Midi Inc. have announced a partnership whose aim is to make analytical tests more cost effective, enabling greater compliance.

ChromaDex CEO: ‘Purchasing practices need to change to fix quality standards’

Concerns about quality standards in the dietary supplements industry are not due to analytical testing, but due to poor supply chain management, says Frank Jaksch, CEO and co-founder of ChromaDex.

More information is always better in working with analytical labs, service providers say

If there were one thing an analytical lab contractor could tell a client it might be similar to what a psychologist would tell a new patient: Don’t be shy. Tell...

Early, comprehensive legal review cuts costs, saves downstream problems, experts say

Getting a law firm involved early and often is the best way to get full value from your legal consulting expenditures, experts say.

GAO argues again that the US should unite the 19 agencies that oversee food safety under one system

Citing an uptick in multi-state foodborne illness outbreaks and their high cost to consumers and manufacturers alike, the Government Accountability Office reiterates its 40-year argument for a single, unified food...

Precedent setting: The development and legacy of the GOED monograph

The early 2000s were a time of health claims success and growing consumer awareness around the benefits of omega-3s, but concerns over quality in the sector spurred stakeholders to work...

Study highlights variability in melatonin content of dietary supplements

The melatonin content of dietary supplements may vary widely from values listed on the label, according to a new analysis from Canada that could help improve quality standards for the...

Testing failure, specification limits cited in FDA warning letters

A realistic testing regime and reasonable range on specified ingredient potencies were among the quality control issues cited by the Food and Drug Administration in recent warning letters.

Chinese manufacturer opens US office to benefit from 'made in USA' halo

A Chinese company called Ideal Health Biotechnology has joined a raft of businesses from that country in relocating to the US to gain a ‘made in USA’ positioning.

Consumer food safety education must be reinforced to ‘reap the rewards’ of FSMA, FDA official says

As the deadlines for regulations painstakingly developed under the Food Safety Modernization Act begin to go into effect, compliance by producers, suppliers and manufacturers alone will not be enough to...

What’s on NutraIngredients-USA's 2017 Editorial Calendar?

From immune support to deep dives into sports nutrition, personalized nutrition, botanicals, omega-3s, probiotics, pet supplements, and more, Nutraingredients-USA’s 2016 editorial calendar of special editions spans the hottest trends in...

Can a Registry Build Trust?

Trust is a fickle thing. Just ask the political candidates in the recent election. It’s built over time and can be squandered overnight.

NPA launches SSCI with GNC, Vitamin Shoppe, Walmart & Whole Foods onboard

The Natural Products Association has officially launched the Supplement Safety and Compliance Initiative (SSCI), with some of the largest retailers of natural products and supplements involved.

Booming demand for certification drives LGC's lab expansion

LGC Group said strong demand for its supplement testing services led the need for an expansion at its laboratory in Lexington, KY.  The expanded facility was inaugurated at a ceremony...

GRMA close to finalizing consensus-based GMP standard for dietary supplements

The Global Retailer and Manufacturer Alliance (GRMA) expects to finalize and publish a consensus-based GMP standard for dietary supplements before the end of Q1 2017.

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