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From contract manufacturing to third-party analytical labs and clinical trials, the world of outsourcing is a growth sector of the dietary supplements industry. We bring you the latest developments in this increasingly important sector.

Adam Nutrition acquisition by IVC adds new capability for producing nutritional supplement powders in the US

International Vitamin Corporation (IVC) has acquired Adam Nutrition Inc., a move that boosts IVC’s existing manufacturing capacity for solid doses and adds a new capability for producing nutritional supplement and...

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Flora Research Labs director: 'It is my hope that through UNPA, we can more effectively communicate adulteration issues and analytical solutions'

Flora Research Laboratories, a leader in natural products research, testing, and phytoforensics, has joined the United Natural Products Alliance (UNPA).

‘The best way we can earn consumer trust is to give consumers more information’: IFOS expands services, launches new website

Consumer demands for more information and greater transparency are being met by a growing number of certifications in the dietary supplement and natural products industry. One such standard - the...

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UNPA continues to build science & technology membership as Genysis Labs joins

Full-service, cGMP-compliant testing lab Genysis Labs has joined the United Natural Products Alliance (UNPA) as a science & technology services member.

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Why do many brand owners in the market interpret GMPs as stopping at the manufacturer’s door?

Many brand owners, particularly first time entry brand owners, remain ignorant about their responsibilities under good manufacturing practice (GMPs) when using contract manufacturers, say industry experts.

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2014

Sustainability is first and foremost about people, The Medicine Hunter says

There is much talk about sustainability in the dietary supplement ingredients marketplace, but what does it mean exactly? Consultant Chris Kilham, known as The Medicine Hunter, makes a strong case...

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Is a lack of GLPs for supplements a hindrance for the testing industry?

A lack of good laboratory practices specific to dietary supplements may be a hindrance in terms of assuring quality across the labs, but could the supplement industry come together to...

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‘Dry labbing’ is still out there, and there is still a market for it, say analytical experts

The practice of ‘dry labbing’ continues in the dietary supplement space, but could industry attempts to produce a ‘trusted list of labs’ help companies make better decisions and stay GMP...

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Mobile technology and RCTs: An innovative trend on the rise

Smart phones are enhancing the way CROs run clinical trials, but what's possible with mobile technology, how is the technology affecting recruitment and compliance, and how do you measure success?...

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A very hot area: The move is definitely for more data, not less, says CROs

Tightening regulations, crowded categories, and more demanding consumers are making product-specific data a very hot area, leading contract research organizations (CROs) tell NutraIngredients-USA.

Crowd-funding: SmartyPants raises an additional $2.2 million, but how are other supplement start-ups doing?

SmartyPants Vitamins has just announced that it has closed a $2.2 million second round of financing via CircleUp, bringing their crowdfunding total to $4.7 million, but what separates this company...

Corporate restructuring called for to alleviate persistent practice of lab shopping

Dry labbing and lab shopping are problems that persist in the dietary supplements industry, according to Frank Jaksch, CEO of ChromaDex.  It is still all too easy for a company...

Long strange trip: The evolution of botanicals since the inception of DSHEA

The Dietary Supplements Health and Education Act has given rise to a thriving dietary supplements industry. Botanical ingredients have always been a part of that picture, but the concept of...

Supplement leaders can help foster combined US-Mexico prosperity, Fox says

Thought leaders in the natural products field form an academy, similar in concept to those formed in ancient Greece that gave rise to the term. And that academy can help...

FDA agrees to new deadlines on FSMA final rules

The Food and Drug Administration has agreed to new deadlines for final rules detailing the implementaiton of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The agreement comes as part of a...

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Supplements shakedown: Globalisation and a brave new world of regulations

The global health and nutrition (H&N) sector continues to expand, but regulations are tighter than ever and players need to understand this if they are to succeed, says the chief...

We’re moving into omega-3 testing next, says Alkemist Labs CEO following successful 2013 and rebranding

Costa Mesa-based Alkemist Labs is expanding its testing capabilities into the omega-3 sector, with the success of its label claim verification/ R&D division allowing for continued reinvestment.

2013’s top regulatory, policy & enforcement news

From warning letters to GMO labeling and FSMA, it’s been a busy year for the regulatory people. In this special gallery we review the top regulatory, policy & enforcement headlines...

The next 2-3 years will see a huge shift towards DNA barcoding for botanicals: AuthenTechnologies CEO

DNA barcoding for botanicals has a bright future, despite comments that it may not yet be fit for purpose, and the next 2-3 years will see a ‘huge shift’ towards...

Dispatches from SupplySide West

Industry not ready for increased scrutiny for finished products testing: Alkemists’ CEO

Finished product testing has been predicted to be a key focus for regulatory enforcement as FDA inspectors gain more experience and move beyond the first tier GMP compliance issues, but...

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UNPA to hold post I-522 GMO labeling webinar tomorrow

Wednesday is the last day to register for a webinar being put on by the United Natural Products Alliance on GMO labeling.  Whether or not Washington state’s genetically modified organism...

Special Edition: Botanicals

Despite bad publicity, adulteration picture slowly improving, experts say

The extent of adulteration of herbal supplements has been a question for as long as the products have been on the market.  In light of damaging publicity, such as Monday’s...

Antibiotic-tainted enzymes find way into products in US, Canada, EU and Japan

Enzymes manufactured in India contaminated with an antibiotic have appeared in the US and Canadian markets after popping in Europe and Japan. The contamination could result in one of the...

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Pharmachem acquires Powder Processors to boost particle engineering capabilities

Pharmachem Laboratories, Inc., has acquired Utah-based Powder Processors, Inc., a move which complements the company’s overall business in particle engineering.

Experts outline 7 seven basic tips for selecting a contract laboratory: HerbalGram article

‘Qualifying more than one analytical lab’ and ‘using reference materials to evaluate lab proficiency’ are just two of the seven tips for companies when selecting a contract lab, according to...

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