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Product claims

The industry has a number of ways of explaining the potential health benefits of its products, from structure/function claims to full health claims. However, claims on labels, websites, at trade shows, and even twitter feeds are coming under increased scrutiny. In this topic category we bring all the news on claims together in one easily accessible section.

Disagreement about carotenoid research raises again the question of what ‘natural’ means

A disagreement between researchers and an ingredient supplier about the import of recent carotenoid research raised again the sticky question of when processing steps might convert a natural ingredient into...

NAI launches 'dosing initiative' on CarnoSyn

Natural Alternatives International is making a push to clarify the dosing parameters for CarnoSyn, its patented form of beta-alanine.

Study backs multivitamins' ability to prevent nutrient shortfalls with hard data

A study published last week in the journal Nutrients adds another brick in the wall backing the ability of multivitamins to fill in nutrient shortfalls. While this notion is taken for granted...

Colorado CBD brand takes aim at national specialty retail distribution

Colorado-based brand NuLeaf Naturals is expanding its distribution footprint beyond online sales into brick and mortar retail for its line of CBD products.

Sabinsa takes lead to establish Global Curcumin Association

Major curcuminoids supplier Sabinsa has taken a step it hopes will help protect the entire category by becoming the founding board member of the Global Curcumin Association.

Carotenoids researchers rail against wording of Kemin press release

A press release highlighting a study that was presented at a recent meeting of the International Carotenoids Society has caused a deep rift between researchers and a prominent carotenoids supplier.

FTC, FDA ask consumers directly for help on policing claims, reporting adverse events

In a communication earlier this week two regulatory agencies sought input directly from consumers about outlandish claims and adverse events relating to dietary supplements. 

Cyanotech matches competitor in achieving halal certification

Cyanotech Corporation continues to move forward with the development of its astaxanthin production with the announcement of halal certification, even as the company has been beset with the aftereffects of...

For video gamers, cognitive supplements have an edge over energy drinks

Energy and sports drink companies have heavily invested in marketing towards the video gaming community, a space which the cognitive supplement space may benefit from, according to category experts.

Researchers answer whether a low-fat or low-carb diet is more successful for weight loss

The long-raging debate over whether cutting carbs or cutting fat is a better way lose weight is a false dichotomy, according to new research published in the American Journal of...

Special edition: Cognitive Health

Strict adherence to science backing only way to avoid memory claim pitfalls, experts say

Helping consumers maintain healthy memory function is one of the peaks many dietary supplement formulators seek to climb.  And it is one of the most likely targets for regulatory enforcement...

Archive article of the week

Herbal supplements all too often ignore underlying principles, experts say

Fitting ingredients that come out of traditional medical systems into the modern marketplace can be a fraught exercise, experts say.

GUEST ARTICLE: Can the food industry learn from the GMO story? Five ways to earn trust in gene editing

If you care about GMO labeling, you only have a few more days to respond to USDA's 30 questions* about how to implement the new law. The looming deadline is...

CRN to extend medical foods membership in effort to help define category

What can properly be called a medical food?  The Council for Responsible Nutrition wants to help frame the answer to that question.

Sports nutrition brands have lower SAE rates, expert says

Despite the perception that sports nutrition products tend to include ‘edgy’ ingredients, data suggest that these are among the safest of supplements, already a very safe category, an expert says,

IPA World Congress + Probiota Americas 2017

There's opportunity in new probiotic enumeration technology, says expert

Analyzing and identifying probiotic strains in a finished product is becoming increasingly crucial as probiotic-infused food, beverages, and supplements climb further into consumer interest.

GAO’s memory supplement review

‘Agencies need to do more around the most egregious memory claims’: CRN’s Mister

The majority of dietary supplements making memory claims adhere to the federal requirements but some still go too far with their claims, according to a new review from the US...

Breaking news

FDA extends compliance deadline for Nutrition Facts panel changes

As widely expected, the FDA is to extend the compliance dates for the Nutrition Facts label final rules to give manufacturers more time to prepare, although it has not yet...

ACI FOOD LAW FORUM: GMO labeling blues, Nutrition Facts delays, daily values and de-fortification, and will the FDA ever nail down natural?

Will the July 2018 deadline for compliance with the new Nutrition Facts panel stand? Will federal GMO labeling regulations stop GMO-related lawsuits? And will the FDA nail down ‘natural’ anytime...

News in brief

Kohjin announces special status from Koshser certifier

Kohjin Life Sciences has added to the long list of certifications for its Opitac Glutathione with a special status from a Kosher certifier.

NAXA head launches five new single-ingredient trade associations

The principal of a consulting firm that is the motivating force behind two single-ingredient trade organizations has launched an ‘incubator’ program that debuts with the formation of five new trade...

Science, not body image marketing, should drive sports nutrition, expert says

Building a sports nutrition brand aimed at women ought to include more than just choosing which shade of pink to use on the label.  But that is still all too...

FlavorHealth CEO: We have to move away from this black and white view of 'natural,' when there are shades of gray… the important thing is complete transparency

How are the next generation of natural flavors being developed? Elaine Watson caught up with Christian Kopfli, CEO of New Jersey-based FlavorHealth, which is taking high-throughput cell-based screening to the...

Strain-level specificity critical for full compliance, NSF probiotics labeling expert says

Labeling probiotics to the strain level is becoming an increasing focus in NSF’s certification process, an expert told NutraIngredinets-USA.

Most NZ fish oil supplements meet label claims, oxidation levels: GOED analysis

Testing of 47 fish oil supplements purchased at retail in New Zealand shows that 91% met EPA/DHA label claims, according to strict GOED standards, while most also met regulatory limits...