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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.

Meso-zeaxanthin safety & QC debated

Neither illegal, unnatural nor unsafe, says meso-zeaxanthin defender

Meso-zeaxanthin (MZ) proponent says a French government report on the fraudulent use of meso-zeaxanthin in eye health supplements casts unnecessary doubt on a safe and viable compound. ...

Fabricant leaves FDA, replaces Shaw as head of NPA

The Natural Products Association (NPA) announced this morning that Daniel Fabricant, PhD, will succeed John Shaw as chief executive officer of the organization effective immediately.  Shaw had tendered his resignation several...

Oxford conference to broaden scope in recognition of 20th anniversary of DSHEA

The upcoming Oxford Conferenece on the Science of Botanicals will have broader scope this year as part of a retrospective on the 20th anniversary of the Dietary Supplement Health and...

Industry experts dispute dietary supplement critic Cohen's call for sweeping new regulations

A long time critic of the dietary supplement industry, Dr Pieter Cohen, MD, has called for a premarket approval regime and a modified adverse event reporting system for dietary supplements...

Industry applauds FDA's release of final version of liquid dietary supplements guidance

After a four-year delay, FDA has at last released a final version of its guidance on liquid dietary supplements.  The document doesn’t much change the line of thinking offered in...

‘China must redefine and simplify its health-product registration’

The legislative office of China's State Council has been urged that its term “health-food product”, which refers to all dietary supplements, is too broad a concept and by definition can...

Following on Hawaii liver injury reports, USPlabs issues national recall of OxyElite Pro

Sports supplement manufacturer USPLabs has recalled lots of its OxyElite Pro products after receiving a letter directing the action from FDA motivated by reports of liver illnesses in Hawaii associated...

Synthetic versions of natural ingredients with NDI notifications crop up in marketplace

The question whether an NDI notification opens the door for follow on ingredients has yet to be definitively answered.  But sources say the question is a lot clearer when the...

Durbin reaches for premarket approval with reintroduction of labeling bill, trade groups say

A bill reintroduced by Senators Dick Durbin, D-Il and Richard Blumenthal, D-CT to require registration of all dietary supplements with FDA is a solution in search of a problem, according...

House committee admonishes FDA to pick up pace on NDI issue

The US House of Representatives Appropriations Committee has sent a stern message to the Food and Drug Administration on the subject of the draft New Dietary Ingredients guidance.  The message...

Dispatches from VitaFoods Europe 2013

EFSA sets standard for study rigor, consultant says

Differing regulatory environments can play havoc with a company's research plans, say consultant Joerg Gruenwald, PhD.  But recent, sometimes bitter, experience with the European Food Safety Authority has shed some...

Sen. Martin Heinrich: 'The model that DSHEA created is working well'

Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-NM, one of the dietary supplement industry’s new champions on Capitol Hill, spoke with NutraIngredients-USA to offer his views on the industry and the challenges it faces...

Stress reducing supplement Relora gets Health Canada approval

Relora, the stress-reducing supplement ingredient from Next Pharmaceuticals, has cleared a major regulatory hurdle by obtaining approval from Health Canada for sale in that country.

Lawsuit against dendrobium-containing supplement dismissed

 Driven Sports, maker of the preworkout supplement Craze, announced that a class action lawsuit against the product has been dismissed.

With Harkin's departure, industry needs to step up outreach, observers say

The ancient Israelites had Moses and Aaron.  The dietary supplements industry has Senators Tom Harkin and Orrin Hatch, but not for long—Harkin has announced that he will retire at the...

GRAS status will boost benfotiamine, XSTO says

Benfotiamine, a form of thiamine or vitamin B1, has been on the market for decades.  So what makes BenfoPure, a branded form of the ingredient now represented by XSTO Solutions,...

Response to GRAS self-determination inventory database (GSID) is ‘overwhelmingly positive’

The response to the new GRAS Self-Determination Inventory Database (GSID) has been “overwhelmingly positive and supportive”, according to its creator AIBMR Life Sciences, which has helped dozens of firms prepare...

'You can feel the difference in half an hour...' PLT on why Zembrin could be a blockbuster

One of the most interesting new product launches at Supply Side West last week was stress-buster Zembrin, the first patented, standardized and clinically studied extract of Sceletium tortuosum, a succulent...

Who has self-affirmed GRAS? New database addresses transparency concerns

A new database of self-affirmed GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) determinations has been launched to tackle concerns about a lack of transparency in the process.

‘Unique’ mood-boosting South African plant extract set for SSW debut

PL Thomas (PLT) and South African partner HG&H Pharmaceuticals are set to launch the first patented, standardized and clinically studied extract of Sceletium tortuosum, a succulent plant known by the...

Top analyst predicts FDA wriggle room in supplement-beverage guidance

With the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) poised to publish guidance on distinguishing between beverages and liquid dietary supplements, one analyst tells BeverageDaily.com he doesn’t see the agency cracking...

Self-affirmed GRAS under fire again as PEW highlights ‘loophole that appears to have swallowed the law'

There are serious weaknesses in a system that allows firms to self-affirm the safety of food ingredients without the approval or knowledge of regulators, according to researchers conducting a probe...

ChromaDex gears up for launch of next generation niacin ingredient

ChromaDex is gearing up for a commercial launch of Nicotinamide riboside (NR) - a next generation version of vitamin B3 (niacin) claimed to help protect the brain, battle the bulge...

Novel plant source of omega-3s DHA and EPA should be commercialized by 2020, says Cargill

A completely new source of the coveted long chain omega-3s EPA and DHA should be commercialized by the end of the decade thanks to a multi-million-dollar tie up between ingredient...

USPLabs sues retailer for defamation over 'false and disparaging' comments about Jack3d, DMAA

USPLabs has taken legal action against a Max Muscle franchisee in Reno, Nevada, accusing owner Philip Tracy of making "false and disparaging" comments about its Jack3d supplement, and its core...

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