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Stratum expands portfolio with BLIS oral probiotics

Stratum Nutrition has added the oral probiotics BLIS K12 and BLIS M18 to its specialty product portfolio.

NPA has ‘candid’ discussion with FDA on NDI draft guidance

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials were “veryreceptive” during a meeting with the Natural Products Association (NPA) yesterday about its controversial draft guidance on new dietary ingredients (NDIs).

ADM exit does not mean there is no demand for canola protein, insists Burcon

Canadian plant protein specialist Burcon NutraScience says it remains confident of finding a new partner to commercialize its canola proteins after it emerged that ADM will not now be taking...

Short-term vitamin D + counseling may slash falls in malnourished seniors

Three months of supplementation with vitamin D, combined with calcium, more protein in the diet, and some expert advice, may reduce the number of falls in malnourished seniors, says a...

CRN welcomes FDA ‘wake-up’ call for GMP compliance

Many dietary supplement companies are not fully compliant with GMP regulations, putting them at risk of warning letters and more, but resources are available to help companies prepare for an...

Leucine supplements may combat muscle loss in older people

The amino acid leucine may help older people synthesize muscle in response to lower protein meals, suggests a new study.

February in pictures: Coconut water, magnesium, DMAA and NBTY private-label blues

February was another rollercoaster ride in the supplements trade, with exciting new studies on coconut water, magnesium and omega-3s, and surging krill oil sales on the one hand, but another...

Sales of True Athlete range are double what we expected, says Vitamin Shoppe

Sales of Vitamin Shoppe’s new True Athlete sports nutrition range have significantly exceeded expectations, bosses have revealed.

Pfizer snaps up Emergen-C vitamin C maker

Drug giant Pfizer Inc. has added Alacer Corp., maker and distributor of Emergen-C products, to its Consumer Healthcare division.

High dose omega-3 may benefit early communicative development

A fish oil supplement enriched with DHA may benefit early communicative development in infants, says the first randomized controlled trial testing high dose omega-3 on brain development in non-premature infants

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Mead Johnson Nutrition-Sancor JV targets Argentine infants & kids

A new joint venture between Mead Johnson Nutrition and SanCor Cooperativas Unidas Ltda. of Argentina is targeting a range of innovative nutritional products for infants and children in Argentina and...

‘Breathable’ caffeine shot just the beginning, says AeroShot Energy inventor

The inventor of 'breathable' caffeine shot AeroShot Energy says he has barely scratched the surface when it comes to potential applications for the novel delivery format.

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US Patent Office to re-examine second Neptune patent

The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has granted a request from Aker BioMarine to re-examine another US patent recently awarded to its arch rival Neptune Technologies & Bioressources.

Jack3D is safe: Study

A study of 25 healthy men has found DMAA-containing, pre-workout sports supplement, Jack3D, does not change resting heart rate, blood pressure or affect liver and kidney function when used at...

Israeli player launches 2% water soluble astaxanthin

Israeli carotenoid supplier Algatechnologies has extended its AstaPure astaxanthin range with a 2%, water soluble version aimed at functional foods and cosmeceuticals markets.

Study supports CholestOff’s cholesterol lowering activity

Plant sterols in supplement form, and not formulated into margarine or other food products, may cut cholesterol levels by as much as 5%, says a new study.

UK begins DMAA crackdown

DMAA-containing Jack3D and products like it are unauthorised drugs and being stripped from UK retail shelves and online catalogues as part of a crackdown against sports supplements by the medicines...

Vitamin D3 may cut fat mass, boost heart health markers

Daily supplements of vitamin D3 may improve certain markers of heart health like HDL cholesterol, and lead to significant reductions in body fat mass in overweight and obese people,...

Nutracon, Engredea to ‘change dialogue with client base’ and put innovation first

The inaugural edition of Engredea will change the dialogue at trade shows, and connect true innovators with industry VIPs, according to the event’s executive director.

FDA: Proposed rule on changes to Nutrition Facts panel due by end of 2012

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is aiming to publish a proposed rule to reform the Nutrition Facts panel and related rules by the end of this year, somewhat later...

Calcium supplement sales slumped 3.5% in past year, says SPINS

US sales of calcium and calcium formula supplements slumped 3.5% in the past year against a backdrop of 8.1% growth in the overall dietary supplements market over the same period.

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Fuji gets green light from FDA for 12mg/day dosage for AstaREAL astaxanthin

Fuji Health Science has received a no objections letter from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) responding to its new dietary ingredient (NDI) notification to up the permitted daily...

Coral calcium sales back with a vengeance, says supplier

While bad press caused by a few unscrupulous players temporarily dented growth in the coral-derived calcium market, sales have now recovered strongly, according to one leading supplier.

Aker BioMarine posts 35% surge in sales of Superba krill oil in Q4, 2011

Aker BioMarine has posted a 35% surge in sales of Superba krill oil in the fourth quarter of 2011 – selling a record 70 metric tons compared with 52t in Q4, 2010.

DNP hits back at NAI in beta-alanine patent infringement row

DNP International – the latest in a string of firms to be sued by Natural Alternatives International (NAI) for patent infringement over beta-alanine - insists the patent at issue is...

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