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Botanical Adulterants Program 'intended to raise the bar of awareness of the problem, and I think we've done that,' Blumenthal says

Botanical Adulterants Program 'intended to raise the bar of awareness of the problem, and I think we've done that,' Blumenthal says

The Botanical Adulterants Program is “raising the bar of awareness of this growing problem among industry stakeholders and is trying to bring various remedies to the table,” program director Mark Blumenthal said at the SupplySide West trade show in Las Vegas.

Published: 22-Oct-2014

McGuffin: DSHEA was about preserving right to direct one's own self care

McGuffin: DSHEA was about preserving right to direct one's own self care

Michael McGuffin, president of the American Herbal Products Association, has a unique perspective on the 20th anniversary of DSHEA having started in the herbal products industry in 1974, twenty years before the law was passed.  The law, as he sees it, preserved a right that Americans had always had, that being the right to manage their own self care.

Published: 21-Oct-2014

‘Some companies claiming they’re strengthening their defense against chondroitin adulterants are not using the right method’: Synutra President

‘Some companies claiming they’re strengthening their defense against chondroitin adulterants are not using the right method’: Synutra President

A unique collaboration of experts worked together to identify an adulterant in the chondroitin supply and the industry took note, but still some suppliers are not using the right methods and that’s a concern, says the president of Synutra International.

Published: 21-Oct-2014

Israelsen: DSHEA created world's most vibrant supplement marketplace

Israelsen: DSHEA created world's most vibrant supplement marketplace

The dietary supplement business has gone from fighting for its life to enjoying the fruits of an open, dynamic marketplace, and it’s all because of DSHEA, according to Loren Isrealsen, president of the United Natural Products Alliance.

Published: 21-Oct-2014

CRN’s Mister on DSHEA’s ‘monumental anniversary’, companies choosing a side, and the critical role of contract manufacturers for GMP compliance

CRN’s Mister on DSHEA’s ‘monumental anniversary’, companies choosing a side, and the critical role of contract manufacturers for GMP complia...

The 20th anniversary of the Dietary Supplements Health and Education Act (DSHEA) is ‘monumental’, says Steve Mister from the CRN, but the industry shouldn’t rest on its laurels too long. ‘The important thing is to figure out what change is necessary to help the industry to continue to grow and then manage that change’.

Published: 20-Oct-2014

New ingredient set to give caffeine a run for its money, supplier says

New ingredient set to give caffeine a run for its money, supplier says

Ingredient supplier Compound Solutions has introduced a nature identical version of theacrine branded as TeaCrine. The ingredient offers benefits over caffeine, the mainstay of energy formulations, the company says.

Published: 17-Oct-2014

GMPs, NDIs, and definitions for GMO and natural: NPA’s Fabricant on industry issues

GMPs, NDIs, and definitions for GMO and natural: NPA’s Fabricant on industry issues

Despite ongoing vacancies in the main office of the Division of Dietary Supplements, companies must continue to build relationships with FDA’s district offices to ensure ongoing GMP compliance, says Dr Daniel Fabricant, CEO of the Natural Products Association.

Published: 17-Oct-2014

Cargill highlights cavity-fighting effect of Zerose erythritol at SupplySide West trade show

Cargill highlights cavity-fighting effect of Zerose erythritol at SupplySide West trade show

Research by Cargill shows its Zerose brand erythritol does more than just cut calories;  it can help prevent cavities, too.

Published: 16-Oct-2014

Adverse event reporting can provide valuable data to companies, expert says

Adverse event reporting can provide valuable data to companies, expert says

Reporting adverse events is something all dietary supplement companies must prepared to do to be in compliance with the law.  But beyond that basic requirement, companies that fully embrace an AER system can use it to provide valuable market data, an expert says.

Published: 16-Oct-2014

‘No better place than the nutra-science marketplace for financial investors’: BI Chief

‘No better place than the nutra-science marketplace for financial investors’: BI Chief

Nutraceuticals and dietary supplements are attracting a lot of private equity attention, and it’s not surprising, says George Pontiakos, given that ‘it’s a growing market that historically provides efficacy and value to consumers’.

Published: 16-Oct-2014

Bamboo fiber, protein beverages, and gummies: Hydrocolloid expert talks innovative delivery systems

Bamboo fiber, protein beverages, and gummies: Hydrocolloid expert talks innovative delivery systems

Beverages continue to be one of the hot beds for innovation when it comes to nutrient fortification, with insoluble fiber, nutritional oils, and (of course) protein all catching the eye.

Published: 15-Oct-2014

Restructuring of Twinlab enabled new company to sequester debt, CEO Tolworthy says

Restructuring of Twinlab enabled new company to sequester debt, CEO Tolworthy says

Tom Tolworthy worked to restructure Twinlab from the time he took over the iconic brand in 2010. The final deal, which closed in early October, turned out better than orignially envisaged and will put the company on the path to ‘reauthenticate’ the brand in the natural channel.

Published: 15-Oct-2014

‘We think the campaign will definitely have an effect’: GOED on ‘positive messaging’ to change omega-3 conversation

‘We think the campaign will definitely have an effect’: GOED on ‘positive messaging’ to change omega-3 conversation

Adam Ismail

Executive Director - GOED

The Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3s’ campaign to promote positive messages about omega-3s has finally launched, but more funds needs to be raised to allow a national roll-out, said GOED’s Adam Ismail.

Published: 15-Oct-2014

The big opportunity over the next decade? Offering a multi-pronged approach to take consumers to a greater level of optimal health

The big opportunity over the next decade? Offering a multi-pronged approach to take consumers to a greater level of optimal health

Jeff Hilton

Co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer - BrandHive

Consumers are looking for individual and integrated strategies to optimize their health and wellness, but no company has yet put all the pieces together, says BrandHive’s Jeff Hilton.

Published: 14-Oct-2014

Cargill rides publicity wave with Trehalose functional ingredient

Cargill rides publicity wave with Trehalose functional ingredient

Cargill has weathered a potential media storm concerning its functional ingredient Trehalose.  The ingredient, a glucose dissaccharide, was one of the potentially ‘scary’ food ingredients seized upon for its use by a well known fast food chain.

Published: 14-Jul-2014

Particulars of GRAS process leave it open to criticism, expert says

Particulars of GRAS process leave it open to criticism, expert says

The GRAS process as it stands in the United States is vulnerable to criticism based on possible conflicts of interest and low-quality safety work, said Claire Kruger, PhD, president of Spherix Consulting, a division of ChromaDex.

Published: 11-Jul-2014

Video: In light of FDA's reticence, professional help critical in NDI submissions

Video: In light of FDA's reticence, professional help critical in NDI submissions

The submissions of New Dietary Ingredient notifications seems as fraught as ever, and part of the issue is that regulators are not as communicative as they could be, according to Alex Schauss, senior director of AIBMR Life Sciences.

Published: 10-Jul-2014

‘The awareness of the importance of overall immune health has reached critical mass with consumers’: Biothera CEO

‘The awareness of the importance of overall immune health has reached critical mass with consumers’: Biothera CEO

Richard Mueller

CEO - Biothera

Consumer awareness of the importance of immune health throughout the year is driving significant growth in that category, and there are still plenty of opportunities in the category, says the CEO of Biothera.

Published: 08-Jul-2014

Chia and psyllium: Sterilization and adulteration show importance of choosing suppliers carefully

Chia and psyllium: Sterilization and adulteration show importance of choosing suppliers carefully

George Pontiakos

President and CEO - BI Nutraceuticals

Recent pathogen outbreaks in raw chia powder and concerns over whether some psyllium is actually food grade highlight the ongoing importance of selecting suppliers wisely, says the CEO of BI Nutraceuticals.

Published: 07-Jul-2014

Sports nutrition products for women are a huge area of growth: Marketing guru

Sports nutrition products for women are a huge area of growth: Marketing guru

Jeff Hilton

Co-founder and CMO - BrandHive

Women, protein blends, and the ‘anti-wasting’ market are all areas of significant opportunity in sports nutrition, says Jeff Hilton, co-founder and CMO of BrandHive.

Published: 01-Jul-2014

Keeping it clean: 3 botanical chiefs pull adulteration weeds

Keeping it clean: 3 botanical chiefs pull adulteration weeds

Antoine Bily, Naturex global R&D director

Christian Artaria, Indena marketing director - Holger Riemensperger, Frutarom general manager, Health Business Unit

Botanical adulteration, like doping in sports, is a problem that can be controlled but never totally resolved, but what is being done about it? Here the world’s biggest botanical players debate their attacks on the problem.

Published: 03-Jun-2014

Diet and cancer: Polyphenol trial data suggests significant clinical benefit for prostate cancer

Diet and cancer: Polyphenol trial data suggests significant clinical benefit for prostate cancer

Professor Robert Thomas

Consultant oncologist - Addenbrooke's and Bedford, Cambridge University Hospital

A polyphenol-rich supplement containing broccoli, green tea, tumeric, and pomegranete - a combination known  as pomi-t - could have significant clinical benefits for men with prostate cancer, according to new data.

Published: 29-May-2014

Are doctors seeing the preventative eye health potential of carotenoids?

Are doctors seeing the preventative eye health potential of carotenoids?

James Stringham

Research doctor - University of Georgia

Carotenoids like lutein are well-documented to boost eye health yet the approach of the medical fraternity and some regulators lacks vision when it comes to prevention, says a leading professor in the area.

Published: 28-May-2014

Natural and synthetic astaxanthin are different products, Algatech exec says

Natural and synthetic astaxanthin are different products, Algatech exec says

The natural vs synthetic astaxanthin debate centers on the fact that the products are not strictly analogous. “We are not saying that natural is necessarily better.  We are saying it’s different,” said Efrat Kat, director of marketing and sales for Algatechnologies.

Published: 20-May-2014

Mango metabolic promise: Vital Solutions wants to advance human trials

Mango powder metabolic promise: Vital Solutions Swiss

Vital Solutions Swiss will publish in vitro research that shows its mango powder Careless mimics caloric restriction but the company is keen to invest in human trials, its CEO says.

Published: 19-May-2014