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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...

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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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'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...

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