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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.

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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'Cobiotics' firm secures $1.5m cash injection to support growth plans

NuMe Health - the New Orleans-based firm behind NM504, a novel ‘cobiotic’ ingredient targeting prediabetics - has secured a $1.5m cash injection to support plans to commercialize it.

DMAA latest: 14 class action suits now filed by CA law firm - but speed may not be of the essence, predicts expert

The law firm responsible for the flurry of class action lawsuits against 10 firms named by the FDA in its DMAA crackdown last week has now targeted four other firms...

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Is the game up for DMAA? Why the FDA crackdown raises more questions than answers…

They’ve had the sword of Damocles hanging over their heads for months. So when 10 firms selling DMAA supplements were finally told to put up or shut up by the...

Is the DMAA crackdown an enforcement of the NDI draft guidance?

In warning letters sent as part of its recent crackdown on DMAA , the FDA says “synthetically produced DMAA is not a dietary ingredient and, therefore, is not eligible to be...

FDA DMAA crackdown prompts fresh wave of class action lawsuits

UPDATED May 3 - All 10 recipients of FDA warning letters over supplements containing DMAA (1,3-Dimethylamylamine) have now been targeted in a new wave of class action lawsuits in California...

‘Exceptional’ new salt-enhancer discontinued as ex-Firmenich execs exit Horphag

Horphag Research has parted company with the executives it brought in to run its new functional foods and beverages division Horphag Research Nutrition (HRN) and discontinued Salty-R, the first product...

Novel plant blend could be a game changer in fight vs metabolic syndrome, claim inventors

Florida-based ATM Metabolics is in advanced negotiations with some of the biggest food and beverage brands in the US and Europe about incorporating Emulin - the insulin-mimicking active ingredient in...

Biotech firm launches bid to turn L-Ergothioneine into household name as ‘EGT’

Energy drinks and foods, eye health supplements and skin creams are just some of the products likely to emerge from an LA-based firm on a mission to turn L-Ergothioneine –...

Moringa just the tip of the iceberg, says African ingredients specialist

If high-profile ingredients such as baobab and Moringa oleifera really take off in the next couple of years, Africa could finally start to get the attention it deserves as a...

Superfood alert: Could Moringa oleifera be the next baobab?

A nutrient powerhouse to rival baobab, Moringa oleifera is starting to attract growing interest in the US dietary supplement and food industry, with a segment due to air on Dr...

Big interview, Adolf Joubert, CEO Afrinatural

When will African ingredients get the attention they deserve?

Africa has a wealth of indigenous plant species, but has not been as successful as India and China at commercializing them as nutraceuticals, one South African firm trying to spread...

Dispatches from Nutracon, Anaheim

Relaxation drink warning letter a warning shot across beverage industry, say attorneys

The FDA’s warning letter to the maker of melatonin-laced Slowtivate Relaxation Drink has reignited the debate over the legal line between liquid dietary supplements and conventional beverages - and should make...

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Norwegian firm applies for EU novel foods status for shrimp oil

Norwegian firm Calanus AS has applied to the UK Food Standards Agency for European Union novel foods approval to market an omega-3 oil derived from the miniature North Atlantic Ocean...

GNC, Cellucor and Woodbolt targeted in new DMAA lawsuit

GNC, Cellucor Sports Nutrition and others have been accused of misleading consumers over the source, regulatory status and safety of the controversial stimulant DMAA (1,3 Dimethylamylamine) in a new class...

AHA GRAS attack reaction: Why self-affirmed GRAS is not ‘GRAS lite’

Experts in helping firms navigate the GRAS (generally recognized as safe) process say the American Heart Association (AHA) made some valid points in its recent attack on GRAS, but argue...

Self-affirmed GRAS under fire as AHA steps up sodium reduction campaign

There are serious weaknesses in the system that allows firms to self-affirm the safety of foods without the approval or knowledge of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), according to...

Martek/DSM ‘fishless fish oil’ gains momentum as firms seek EPA and DHA … minus the fish

Martek’s new algal EPA/DHA blend - the ‘fishless fish oil’ - is gaining momentum in the market with recent launches including Schiff’s MegaRed Plant-Omega supplements and Darigold Omega-3 2% milk....

UNPA: We agree with AHPA on DMAA labeling

The United Natural Products Alliance (UNPA) says it agrees with the AHPA that supplement makers should not label the stimulant DMAA (1,3-Dimethylamylamine) as geranium oil or as any part of...

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