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Supply Chain Management

Supply Chain Management

Raw material supply, logistics, quality standards, vendor qualification, in-process inventory, traceability and transparency - all these go into managing a supply chain. This category aggregates the latest developments in this increasingly important issue.

Indena’s DNA authentication program raises the bar for quality and traceability

With a unique herbarium, a new “DNA Tested” seal, and exclusive access to “breakthrough” handheld genomic technology for botanical ID testing, Indena is “giving a pragmatic solution to the industry”,...

FDA inspectors realignment will boost enforcement, CRN says

The Council for Responsible Nutrition has joined in applauding FDA’s move to organize inspectors according to areas of expertise.

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...

Cut in visas for workers hamstrings Omega Protein

Fish oil producer Omega Protein is struggling with a change in immigration policy that has severely cut the number of workers available for its fishing boats.

Bergstrom wants to take lead in setting record straight on MSM

Careful and consistent work on claims substantiation and a commitment to transparency has helped make Bergstrom a leader in the developing field of MSM,  a company executive said recently.

Device adds portability in finding peak nutrient content of ripening veg

A tool to help producers determine the optimum ripeness and maximum carotenoid content of tomatoes has been the subject of scrutiny by Spanish researchers.

special edition: sports nutrition

Sports leagues turn to testing regimes to lessen supplement risk

More rigorous testing has improved the quality and transparency of the dietary supplements used by athletes, an expert in the field says.

Indena and Hyris partner on portable genomic identification of botanicals

Italian botanical ingredient supplier Indena has agreed a strategic cooperation agreement with UK-based biotech Hyris for developing new methods for the genomic identification of botanical species.

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...

After long voyage, Blue Ocean's shrimp oil omega-3s finally on retail shelves

Blue Ocean Nutrasciences, after years of fits and starts, has finally landed on retail shelves with a line of omega-3 ingredients based on its proprietary shrimp oil.

The Supplement OWL product registry goes live

The Supplement OWL (Online Wellness Library) has officially gone live, with 51 Brand Names and 2,576 labels already in the product label database.

FDA culls huge number of foreign food facility registrations

In its latest cleanup of its food facility registration database, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has culled an eye-opening 28% of existing registrations. The biggest drops happened in overseas...

CVS to institute new testing requirements for dietary supplements

As part of a corporate makeover, CVS Pharmacy says it intends to institute new standards for the dietary supplements it sells that will include specific testing requirements.

NOSB defers vote on organic certification for hydroponics amid confusion about ‘basically everything’

Hydroponic and aquaponic farms can keep their organic status – at least for now – following the National Organic Standards Board’s decision April 21 to defer a vote on whether...

TODAY: NutraIngredients-USA's Omega-3 Forum

The omega-3s market has returned to mid single digit growth, which is one of the topics that will be discussed during a free online forum hosted by NutraIngredients-USA.

Healthy Skoop aims to ride plant based trend

Healthy Skoop, a Boulder-based nutritional product company, is capitalizing on the plant-based nutrition trend with new product launches and an expanded retail footprint.

Special Edition: Omega-3s

While omega-3 industry tries to hold line on sustainability, consumers seem unconcerned

Industry experts maintain that the marine sources of omega-3s continue to be well managed and supplies remain adequate, despite questions that are raised periodically by some observers. But whatever direction...

Nature's Sunshine celebrates longevity, boosts science backing

Dietary supplement manufacturer Nature’s Sunshine is ramping up the science behind the products in an effort to reinvigorate the legacy brand’s financial results. The company’s longevity was highlighted at a...

Panel: Consumers don't understand much about quality

Setting high quality standards is one thing.  But making that pay?  That’s not so easy, said participants at a recent dietary supplement industry meeting.

Quirks in regulations create need for science-based pesticide limits, USP says

Quirks of regulatory policy regarding pesticides leave botanical dietary supplement ingredients subject to unwarranted seizure, attendees at an international botanical conference in Mississippi were told.

AHPA, CRN suggest tweaks, wholesale overhauls of manufacturing regs

A call from the U.S. Commerce Department for suggestions on streamlining manufacturing regulations has generated responses from industry trade organizations, with the different tacks the suggestions take reflecting those organizations’...

AHPA's botanical GMPs document ready for field testing

The American Herbal Products Association has issued a version of its ‘botanical GMPs’ document.  Several member companies have stepped forward to field test the recommendations, AHPA president Michael McGuffin said....

Natural Products Day: NPA discusses HSA/FSA, NDIs, FTC, WIC program and more with legislators

Over 100 industry stakeholders from 25 key states took to Capitol Hill to discuss a range of issues, ranging from the inclusion of dietary supplement in HSA/FSA, the regulation of...

GRMA launches website ahead of releasing consensus-based GMP standard for dietary supplements

The Global Retailer and Manufacturer Alliance (GRMA) has launched www.GRMAlliance.org to encourage participation in the ANSI standards development process, with its GMP standard for supplements expected soon.

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