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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.

Testing firm Labdoor uses transaction-based model to help consumers answer this question: What's best?

Labdoor founder Neil Thanedar said he wanted to institute a different dynamic in his product testing and evaluation service. He wanted the benefits to accrue primarily to consumers, and he...

A lack of leadership at FDA, the Dietary Supplement Labeling Act of 2015, and a ‘tenderized’ industry: Mister’s State of the Union

The NY AG affair has “tenderized” the dietary supplements industry in ways that other issues have not, and made it more vulnerable to other legal and regulatory attacks, said Steve Mister, president...

FDA cites 47 separate disease claims in warning letter to Wyoming firm

In another example of what can happen when the FDA steps through the doors, dietary supplement manufacturer Country Doctor Herbals has received a warning letter from the Food and Drug...

New leader Steinford says NAXA will broaden mission from ingredient defense to market expansion

The Natural Algae Astaxanthin Association (NAXA) is aiming to rekindle its momentum with the naming of a new president.  Longtime industry insider Scott Steinford, who is also president of the...

Planning ahead is the panacea for wildcrafting supply uncertainty, experts say

Securing supply chains in the face of wildcrafting uncertainty presents no new challenges, experts in the field have said. The fable of the ant and the grasshopper applies: plan ahead,...

News in brief

Endorsements continue for Botanical Adulterants Program as AOAC International announces support

The AOAC International has endorsed the ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Program, following a unanimous vote by the AOAC Board of Directors in April.

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe

US market is faster, but not lower quality or less ethical than Europe, consultant says

In the wake of the New York Attorney General affair, one question that has been raised is whether barriers to entry in the US market are too low, and give...

News in brief

ABC offers exhaustive look at history, implications of NYAG affair

The American Botanical Council has released an in-depth look at the history and implications of the New York Attorney General affair on the organization’s website.  The 9,500-word article, containing 71...

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe

ABC taps into European herbal insights via new advisory board member

Europe, and especially Germany, has historically been a hotbed of herbal lore, science and product development. The American Botanical Council recently tapped into this knowledge in a more fundamental way...

NSF: Certification eliminates doubt for 'gluten-free' probiotics

The question of the presence of gluten in probiotics made a splash recently with the release of a study that found some trace of the protein in a number of...

NY and IN AG urge FDA to ‘overhaul’ supplement regulations

The Attorneys General for New York and Indiana have urged the US Food and Drug Administration to immediately enhance its oversight of dietary supplements by reforming current Good Manufacturing Practices...

Probiota Americas

NYAG affair will have implications for probiotics suppliers, exec says

According to one prominent executive, for the probiotics industry, the fallout from the NYAG affair should be fairly straightforward:  Make sure you know how to do what you’re supposed to...

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe

Blackmores: We wanted to see krill sustainability with our own eyes

Blackmores, the leading supplement brand in Australia, has taken the unusual step of sending a company representative on a two week-long trip to verify the sustainability practices of Aker BioMarine,...

Guest article

Does transparency matter for dietary supplements?

There’s something on my mind. Why don’t consumers of dietary supplements respond to transparency messaging the way consumers of natural food do?

NoorVitamins CEO: In 5 years we’ll be a strong and reputable competitor with a wider value proposition

Leading Halal supplement brand NoorVitamins is aiming to be a serious part of the wider dietary supplements industry, with a focus on quality and transparency driving their value proposition, the...

Opinion

Is it time for industry to swallow Schneiderman's bitter pill?

Should the dietary supplements industry look at the actions of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman as a wake-up call? There are many valid reasons to brush off his actions...

Strong interest in botanical ID workshop a positive sign for industry, expert says

The fact that an upcoming workshop on botanical identification methods has sold out quickly demonstrates the industry is increasingly getting serious about improving its performance on GMP compliance, one of...

FDA's decision on CBD likely to be overturned after more info comes in, exec says

An executive with one of the companies promoting cannabidiol for dietary supplements believes that FDA’s recent determination that the compound is not a legal dietary ingredient is premature and will...

IPA says manufacturing process, not 'contamination,' accounts for traces of gluten researchers found in probiotics

A recent study that found traces of gluten in probiotic supplements has provoked a measured response from the International Probiotic Association. IPA executive director George Paraskevakos noted that only one...

Nature's Way institutes more rigorous plant-to-powder supply chain management scheme

Supplement manufacturer Nature’s Way has responded proactively to prodding from New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman by instituting a new, more rigorous plant-to-powder supply chain management structure. The first step...

Special edition: Outsourcing

The making of a brand: Contract manufacturers share secrets to success

The firms that manufacture healthy food and supplement products do much more than just make products – they are integral partners in product development, regulatory compliance and much more…

Special Edition: Outsourcing

Transparency could be the 1st step towards greater consistency in testing methods & labs: Experts

Third-party labs that keep their testing information proprietary to gain a competitive advantage may actually be harming their business, say leading experts calling for more transparency in the analytical sector.

HBO report links Hatch to military deaths associated with DMAA via his sponsorship of DHSEA

An HBO Real Sports segment about dietary supplement use in the US military implied that Sen. Orrin Hatch was complicit in the deaths of several US soldiers who collapsed with...

Members of Congress get the good news on dietary supplement quality, expert says

Those members of Congress friendly to the dietary supplements industry and their staffs don’t seem overly concerned about the brouhaha stirred up by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. In...

‘A valuable addition to QC’: FDA GutProbe may help verify accurate labelling in commercial probiotics

A custom DNA microarray may provide a ‘quick, more accurate, and inexpensive’ method for identifying microbials and probiotics in dietary supplements, say the FDA researchers who developed the technique.

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