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‘This is heating up’: Studies highlight concerns over yohimbe supplements

There is increasing scrutiny of yohimbe and yohimbine supplements, with three papers published in 2015 reporting concerns over these supplements, including one last week from Harvard’s Dr Pieter Cohen.

FSMA poised to sweep dietary ingredient suppliers into regulatory fold, expert says

The biggest change in food regulation in the US in the past 75 years is poised to sweep up the suppliers of dietary ingredients, an expert says.

DNA barcoding is here to stay, UNPA's Israelsen warns industry

The application of DNA barcoding to herbal supplements - which in the hands of the NY AG has been used as a bludgeon - could be turned into a significant...

‘Gravely important’: AOAC approves chondroitin test method

AOAC's Expert Review Panel for chondroitin has approved an eHPLC method for chondroitin, a move that has been welcomed by leading supplier Synutra Ingredients.

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AlaskOmega alters specs of its omega-3 oils to highlight freshness advantages of supply chain

Freshness is one of the touchstones of the marketing of omega-3 fish oils. Organic Technologies, producer of the line of AlaskOmega brand of fish oil ingredients, has altered its specification...

Customizable supplements: Are they a recipe for disaster?

Customizable supplements may sound like a great idea, but the costs of complying with dietary supplement cGMP regulations would make such an endeavor ‘virtually insurmountable’, industry experts tell NutraIngredients-USA.

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NSF expands dietary supplements program leadership

Responding to “rapid growth” in demand for its dietary supplements programs, NSF International has expanded its leadership team.

Special edition: Sports nutrition

Booming demand for sports certifications seen as proof industry takes quality seriously

The market for sports certifications continues to boom, with new players entering the market and established brands scrambling to keep up with demand. 

Supplier unveils new thermogenic ingredient, DNA testing of botanicals

Novel Ingredient Services plans to launch an updated thermogenic ingredient for supplements and functional foods at the upcoming Supply Side West trade show.  In addition, the company will highlight a...

Complexity of herbal nomenclature becomes point of vulnerability for industry

Nailing down a precise nomenclature for herbs is a complicated undertaking, and the best good faith efforts of industry may have unwittingly given an opening to the NY AG Eric...

Increased scrutiny, greater competition makes part-time contract manufacturing less attractive for brand holders

Increased testing demands, more competition from abroad and potential greater liability because of the increasing scrutiny the dietary supplement business has come under in recent months have all conspired to...

Dietary supplement company owner sentenced to prison for adulteration scheme

The owner and president of a New Jersey dietary supplement manufacturing company has been sentenced to 40 months in prison for the sale of diluted and adulterated dietary ingredients and supplements.

Schneiderman takes 13 devil's claw manufacturers to task over species intermixing that experts say is 'non-issue'

NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has sent cease and desist letters to 13 companies marketing devil’s claw supplements claiming the products fraudulently mixed one species of the botanical with a...

Does pre-market notification, proposed as way to regain consumer confidence, have an anti-competitive streak?

Discussions continue within the industry whether some form of pre-market notification could be a valuable modification of existing dietary supplement regulations.  But rifts are appearing over whether the implementation of...

Ingredient Identity to grow expertise via regulatory/testing deal with Florida lab

Consulting firm Ingredient Identity says its latest client will help it fine tune its regulatory expertise via a partnership involving both consulting and laboratory work. The client, Daane Laboratories, is...

Lack of specifications a persistent problem in industry, consultant says

Her academic training in analytical chemistry, which required a lot of repetition, prepared Tara Crouch, PhD well for her new role at EAS Consulting Group.  Crouch said said she has...

Probiotic growth engine to continue humming for near future, UAS Labs exec says

UAS Labs is well positioned to ride the wave of probiotic popularity and has responded with a tripling of its manufacturing capacity, CEO Kevin Mehring said.

NDI draft guidance continues to inform FDA's enforcement thinking, latest DMBA warning letter shows

The Food and Drug Administration is continuing enforcement actions based on the precepts laid out in the draft guidance on New Dietary Ingredients with a warning letter sent to a...

ABC lab document to help industry stem tide of bilberry adulteration

The American Botanical Council has taken another major step in its Botanical Adulterants Program with the release of a Laboratory Guidance Document on bilberry.

Even sans smoke, there's still fire in NYAG affair, expert says

The heat surrounding the  NYAG affair may have abated somewhat. But an expert in investigations conducted by the offices of state attorneys general said the episode is far from over....

Developer of phytocannabinoid product takes food path to sidestep regulatory uncertainty on CBDs

Phytopurh, a company seeking to bring a line of health products to market based on phytocannabinoids, is taking the food route to avoid regulatory uncertainty about CBDs.

AHPA urges USP to not ID tainted products as dietary supplements in official document

The American Herbal Products Association has urged the United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) to not the muddy the waters by using the term  “dietary supplements” in an official document to...

Industry opening up to idea of pre-market notification process for supplements

Is it time to consider new legislation to alter the landscape that DSHEA created for the dietary supplements industry? The issue was raised in a recent public industry forum and...

Operating in practitioner channel places extra premium on quality control, says Ortho Molecular exec

Doing business in the practitioner channel puts an extra burden on a supplement company, said Thomas Guilliams, PhD, of Ortho Molecular Products Inc. The reputations of the healthcare practitioners are...

An unusual step? FDA files criminal case against supplement marketer who ignored civil contempt ruling

The Department of Justice at FDA’s behest has launched a criminal contempt action against a Montana dietary supplement marketer who continued selling misbranded supplements and unapproved drugs even after a...

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