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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.

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...

UNPA moves to ban sale of BMPEA as uncertainty swirls around Acacia rigidula's status

The controversy surrounding the low-profile botanical Acacia rigidula and its purported amphetamine-like constituents seems to have caught regulators flat footed and has lead one trade association to ban the sale...

Cohen releases study that finds form of amphetamine in weight loss, sports products

Prominent dietary supplement industry critic Dr Pieter Cohen has released a new study that shows that a synthetic stimulant was found in more than half of weight loss and sports...

Qualitas says drawbacks of open pond algae cultivation easily dealt with

Qualitas Health, a supplier of a unique polar-lipid structured algal omega-3 ingredient, is now at full scale production and is participating in what an executive calls “the future of omega-3s.”...

High NDI failure rate putting more emphasis on GRAS status for new ingredients

The high rate of failure in New Dietary Ingredient notifications has led some companies to seek workarounds. Anecdotal evidence gathered by NutraIngredients-USA shows that companies are increasingly leaning on GRAS...

Warning letter cites NDI status of magnesium ingredient but doesn't raise safety concern

The Food and Drug Administration has issued another warning letter taking a company to task for marketing a product with an ingredient that lacks a New Dietary Ingredient filing. But...

AHPA: 2015 will see changes in Congress, implementation of FSMA rules and progress on cannabis restrictions

The herbal products industry can expect several recent trends to continue in 2015, but there are also some significant changes on the horizon. Here are a few things the industry...

Guest article

UNPA: On a host of issues, it's back to the future in 2015

On the cusp of its 30th anniversary, there’s been a lot of talk about the look forward provided by the 1985 movie, Back to the Future. A similar look back at the...

Qualitas passes milestone with launch of first consumer products featuring its algal EPA oil

Qualitas Health has achieved a significant milestone with the launch of two consumer products that feature the company’s algal-based EPA ingredient branded as Almega PL.

Post election committee shuffles emphasize need for industry engagement, observers say

The landslide victory of Republican House and Senate candidates in the recent midterm elections will have broad implications for the dietary supplements business. But even with the GOP now holding...

Ganeden gets foreign ingredient approvals to boost growth

Probiotic ingredient supplier Ganeden Biotech is expanding its horizons, and is looking to foreign markers for additional growth.

Insights from SupplySide West

McGuffin: DSHEA was about preserving right to direct one's own self care

Michael McGuffin, president of the American Herbal Products Association, has a unique perspective on the 20th anniversary of DSHEA having started in the herbal products industry in 1974, twenty years...

Insights from SupplySide West

Israelsen: DSHEA created world's most vibrant supplement marketplace

The dietary supplement business has gone from fighting for its life to enjoying the fruits of an open, dynamic marketplace, and it’s all because of DSHEA, according to Loren Isrealsen,...

Particulars of GRAS process leave it open to criticism, expert says

The GRAS process as it stands in the United States is vulnerable to criticism based on possible conflicts of interest and low-quality safety work, said Claire Kruger, PhD, president of...

Video: In light of FDA's reticence, professional help critical in NDI submissions

The submissions of New Dietary Ingredient notifications seems as fraught as ever, and part of the issue is that regulators are not as communicative as they could be, according to...

FDA exemption speeds release of Plandai’s catechin supplement

Plandai Biotechnology Inc. will not be required to apply to the US Food and Drug Administration for New Dietary Ingredient status in order to market and sell its Phytofare Catechin...

Jury's out whether recent data shows improvement in NDI picture

Preliminary figures from the American Herbal Products Association show that one in four recent New Dietary Ingredient notifications went through without objections from the Food and Drug Administration.  Whether that...

Tangled Chinese regs cost US supplement firms $8 billion in lost exports, report says

China’s confusing thicket of regulations has some real costs for American dietary supplement companies.  A report from an industry association has calculated the costs of those regulations in terms of...

DISPATCHES FROM VITAFOODS EUROPE 2014

DSHEA at 20: Law was a landmark for Europe, too

Joerg Gruenwald, a longtime natural products industry consultant, said the advent of DSHEA was a huge event in Europe as well as America.  It helped give European dietary supplement companies...

DISPATCHES FROM VITAFOODS EUROPE 2014

Meso-zeaxanthin’s road to EU novel approval – blindsided by commercial interests?

The discourse around eye health carotenoid meso-zeaxanthin (MZ) has been marred by commercial interests, according to supplement firm OmniActive Health Technologies.

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...