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DuPont: ‘Our ability to remove gluten from our probiotic reinforces the strength of our science & expertise’

DuPont Nutrition & Health has confirmed its entire probiotic range is produced from raw materials that do not contain gluten.

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CRN adds 13 members including MusclePharm and Chinese excipient manufacturer

The Council for Responsible Nutrition, today announced the addition of 13 new companies to CRN’s membership roster, among them sports nutrition sales growth leader MusclePharm and major Chinese excipient manufacturer...

MegaFood supplements to carry Lundberg rice branding in supply deal

FoodState, the makers of the MegaFood line of dietary supplements, has entered into a new supply deal that will allow it to cobrand some of its supplements with the name...

Is calling a product a 'dietary supplement' compliant with labeling regs? FDA seems divided on the issue

A glitch in FDA labeling regulations has silently been biding its time to sow confusion among dietary supplement companies. The issue is how to identify a product as a dietary...

‘The sky is the limit’: AuthenTechnologies rolls out cutting edge sequencing for botanicals, including extracts

DNA testing experts AuthenTechnologies has announced that it will now test all samples with the most cutting edge Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) platform available – at the same affordable cost...

New developments in sports certification field as competition heats up

Competition is heating up in the sports certification field, as several companies offering verification schemes that test for banned substances announced developments recently.

‘Own label product distributors have to understand that ultimate responsibility lies with them’: Experts

Many own label product distributors remain ignorant about their responsibilities under good manufacturing practice (GMPs) when using contract manufacturers and Quality Agreements are still not widely enough used, say industry...

Work on cranberry helped research manager bridge university/industry divide

Linking the goals of companies in the dietary supplement sector with the objectives of university researchers is more art than science. Working with companies like Canadian cranberry supplier Fruit d’...

AHPA helps amend Louisiana laws that unfairly banned some herbal ingredients

The American Herbal Products Association has succeeded in helping to pass an amendment in Louisiana that restores to legal commerce certain herbs that have been legally marketed as dietary supplements...

Rice-based excipients can boost organic, non-GMO claims for supplements

Non GMO product positioning continues to gain importance in the marketplace, but the search for compliant excipients still complicates the claim for supplements.  A suite of ingredients that will be...

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,...

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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...

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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...

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