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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.

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...

Guest article

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...

News in brief

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...

News in brief

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...

Alkemists Labs launches R&D Division for finished product testing

Leading analytical lab Alkemists Laboratories has expanded its service offerings to include a new R&D division focusing on finished product method development, verification & validation.

FDA warning letter highlights obligations of private label distributors

A new warning letter illustrates FDA’s stance on the obligations of private label distributors to ‘ensure that all phases of the production of [a] product are in compliance with dietary...

Will vitamin C price fixing victory constrain future Chinese cartel behavior?

A longstanding vitamin C price fixing case has reached conclusion with a $162 million judgment in the case involving four Chinese companies. While its a victory for the concept of...

Alliance formed to foster natural products development in North Carolina

An assortment of nonprofit  groups has formed the Natural Products Alliance of North Carolina, an official with the group said. The alliance will help regional companies grow, formulate, test, make,...

Life after Lance: FRS acquires contract manufacturer, shuffles management team

The FRS Company, makers of the FRS energy drink and related products, announced a series of corporate moves yesterday that included a management change and the acquisition of a contract...

NSF expands in Latin America with Peruvian acquisition

NSF International announced a significant expansion of its footprint in Latin America with the acquisition of INASSA Group of Lima, Peru.  INASSA provides technical analysis, laboratory and sanitation services. In...

Outsourcing manufacturing doesn't lift burden of GMP compliance, experts say

A recent teleseminar put on by the American Herbal Products Association on GMP compliance made it clear that there is still a significant portion of the dietary supplement industry that...

Booming private label demand drives contract manufacturer's growth

In another example of the growth of the dietary supplement sector, Atlanta-based contract manufacturer Private Label Nutraceuticals announced a significant expansion.

Collaboration drives contract manufacturer's success

A commitment to quality and to an “abundance mentality” has driven contract manufacturer VMI Nutrition to far surpass its original goals, said managing partner Bruce Remund.

News in brief

Tampa Bay Analytical Research partners with Blaze Science Industries for MSM analysis

The Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) has awarded a contract for method optimization and validation for the testing of MSM (methylsulphonylmethane) to Blaze Science Industries and Tampa Bay Analytical Research.

How to show a clinical trial benefit in healthy populations

By applying physiological stressors like partial sleep deprivation, it is possible to test the effects of dietary supplements in healthy populations and stay compliant with DSHEA, says Dr Jay Udani,...

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