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New ingredient approvals

New ingredient approvals

Innovation in functional foods is closely linked to the emergence of new ingredients, many of which are already successfully used in the dietary supplement market. We list the latest GRAS and novel foods approvals, which open up an ingredient’s use in the food and beverage market.

Onset of FSMA to drive continued demand for consulting services, expert says

The demand for consulting services will only continue to rise as new laws come into full implementation, said a consulting company executive.

Plan by Durbin and Blumenthal for new supplement legislation significant but not unexpected, trade associations say

News that Senators Dick Durbin and Richard Blumenthal plan to introduce legislation for the dietary supplement industry came as no surprise to executives of industry trade associations.

FDA seizes $400,000 worth of kratom products in Illinois

Despite an import ban on the substance, kratom-containing products continue to find their way into the country. In the latest action, the Food and Drug Administration has seized 90,000 bottles...

CRN suggests improvements to national supplement label database

The Dietary Supplement Label Database could be a more useful and comprehensive tool with a few changes, the Council for Responsible Nutrition said.

There's plenty of room for botanical discovery, especially in finding new ingredients from familiar sources, experts say

What’s the future for botanical ingredient discovery? Experts differ on whether there are wholly new, useful species yet to be discovered, but agree that there are still more ingredients to...

NIU's Transparency Forum to look at post-NYAG landscape

The actions of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman have put an unprecedented pressure on the dietary supplement business, especially those companies dealing in herbal products. 

Once it gets warmed up, government can wield big hammer, former prosecutor says

The USPLabs case demonstrates the tools investigators and prosecutors can bring to bear when looking into the dealings of a dietary supplement company, a former prosecutor says.

GNC lays out initiative for supplement industry meant to recapture quality narrative

GNC laid out a blueprint for the dietary supplement industry for a quality initiative including pre-market product registration at a meeting last week in Salt Lake City. The initiative builds...

Slow pace of innovation hurts sales as Vitamin Shoppe battles industry headwinds, CEO says

The Vitamin Shoppe CEO Colin Watts said a slow pace of innovation in the supplements industry has hurt the company, which has relied on a rapid pace of new product...

Special edition: Regulatory Focus

Sharfstein floats new regulatory framework dialing in on safety and backing off on claims

Former FDA official Dr Joshua Sharfstein, MD, has proposed a new paradigm for the regulation of dietary supplements. The underlying shift would be a move from an attitude of “benefit...

FDA's action in picamilon case sets bad precedent, CRN's Mister says

The declaration from FDA on picamilon that formed part of the lawsuit filed by the Oregon Attorney General sets a troubling precedent, said Steve Mister of  the Council for Responsible...

Oregon AG suit raises risk for ingredients with fuzzy legal standing, experts say

The lawsuit filed by the Oregon Attorney General raises overall risk for the supplements industry and could mean that a number of niche ingredients could disappear from the market, experts...

FDA's Welch says it's time to find way to acknowledge industry's GMP successes

Cara Welch, PhD, acting deputy director of the Division of Dietary Supplement Programs at the Food and Drug Administration, signaled a change in emphasis at the agency with a willingness...

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...

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...

Nutrigenomix expands access to personalized nutrition, outlines opportunities for manufacturers

University of Toronto start-up Nutrigenomix is a pioneer in the personalized nutrition space that is helping consumers understand how variations in their genes influence their bodies’ response to food, beverages...

Nuritas revolutionizes discovery process for novel, healthy ingredients

The Irish biotech Nuritas is changing how novel food-based ingredients with health-benefits are discovered and in doing so is revolutionizing innovation in the supplement space. 

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...

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...

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...

FDA says BMPEA not a legal ingredient, sends warning letters to 5 companies listing stimulant on labels

The Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday that it has banned the use of the stimulant BMPEA in dietary supplements and foods. The agency also sent five warning letters to...

Seed supply bottleneck strangles development of made-in-USA CBD supplements

For those monitoring the potential market of dietary supplements based on cannabidiol the message is this: Don’t hold your breath for products made in the US, if the experience of...

Lack of baseline dissolution data makes evaluating risk of bioavailability enhancements tricky, researcher says

Bioavailability enhancements continue to be one of the most active development tangents in the dietary supplement ingredient industry.  But even as these approaches gain market traction, basic information about the...

Continuing confusion over herbal supplement contents points to need for premarket notification, expert asserts

The constituents of herbal dietary supplements continues to be a point of confusion and contention among those viewing the industry from the outside and was identified as a key point...

Durbin, Blumenthal urge FDA to take action against BMPEA

US Senators Dick Durbin and Richard Blumenthal sent a letter yesterday to the Food and Drug Administration asking the agency to take action against products containing the synthetic stimulant ingredient...