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'Edgy' sports nutrition formulas cast a long and deep ethical shadow

By Hank Schultz

Temptation is a fact of human nature, and is an element in the sports nutrition game as well. Some sports products seem ever to edge toward an ethical line, spurred on by the demand from their consumer constituencies for ‘edgy’ formulations.

USP meeting tries to get handle on rapidly evolving DNA techniques

USP meeting tries to get handle on rapidly evolving DNA techniques

By Hank Schultz

A recent USP stakeholder meeting wrestled with the thorny issue of how to put some kind of standards around the use of DNA techniques for botanical ingredient identification. The word from one of the attendees is that it is far too early to tell where...

As the sun sets on an eventful 2017, CRN's Steve Mister shares his thoughts on the past 12 months. Image: © Getty Images / SARINYAPINNGAM

Guest article

New Year and a New Shot at Responsibility

By Steve Mister, president & CEO of the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN)

One of the year’s highlights for me was getting to see Hamilton in New York City. (And by the way, it really was terrific—everything that I expected and more!) One of the many things that stayed with me from the show was the question “Who tells your story?”...

AHPA supports NIST in DNA testing program

AHPA supports NIST in DNA testing program

By Hank Schultz

A new government program being facilitated by the American Herbal Products Association will assess the reliability of current DNA techniques for botanical identification.

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AHPA's botanical GMPs document ready for field testing

By Hank Schultz

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.

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Special edition: botanicals

GNC/AHPA raw materials program nears final review

By Hank Schultz

The botanical ingredients raw material GMP program started by GNC and managed by the American Herbal Products Association will be ready for final review in October, said an AHPA official.

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Special Edition: Botanicals

Turmeric leads the charge as herbal sales continue to bloom

By Stephen Daniells

With 118% growth in the mass channel and 32% growth in the natural channel, turmeric/curcumin was the stand-out ingredient in 2015, with overall sales for the ingredient exceeding $50 million in mass & natural channels.

What’s going on with the NY AG 7?

Special Edition: Botanicals

What’s going on with the NY AG 7?

By Stephen Daniells

The initial investigation launched by NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman focused on seven herbs - Echinacea, garlic, Ginkgo biloba, ginseng, Saw Palmetto, St John’s wort and Valerian. We review the data to see what’s happened to these ingredients. 

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