A wake-up call: UNPA survey shows lack of consumer & market awareness of credible certification seals

So many seals, but do any of them mean anything to consumers?  Source: Loren Israelsen, UNPA

Eighty-one percent of responders to a recent UNPA survey think the dietary supplements industry would need a new quality seal if the industry had to move toward a single seal of quality, a result that should serve as a wake-up call to the existing and credible third-party certifiers.

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Discounting to clear unexpected multivitamin inventory bulge hurts GNC's Q1 results

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Vitamin Angels boosts efforts in Indonesia with MOU

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AHPA adopts new labeling guidance for ‘alcohol-removed’ liquid herbal products

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Eating black raspberries may decrease heart disease risk: Study

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After a bleak couple of years, omega-3 sales are back in the black

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Fruit d'Or to highlight cranberry probiotic in confection prototype at Healthy & Natural Show

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US Pharmacopeial Convention joins UNPA

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GRAS process for evaluating ingredient safety threatens FDA’s mission, Sen. Markey argues

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CRN seeks tweaks to proposed Prop 65 changes in bid to cut lawsuits off at the pass

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ProbioTech’s citizen petition calls for probiotic suppository to be included in supplement definition

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CSPI makes second call to FDA for ban of high potency caffeine retail sales

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Plant-derived bacteria shows anti-obesity effects: RCT

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Fish oil, cocoa & plant sterols: The winning combination against heart disease?

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Study shows Calanus oil may benefit blood pressure and heart health

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Halal leader NoorVitamins launches fish oil

Halal leader NoorVitamins launches high potency fish oil to broaden value proposition

Inhalable vitamin product aimed at new category

Developers hope to enter new category with inhalable vitamin product

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Convenience, concentrates, and 3rd generation forms: Where’s the innovation in the omega-3 space?

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People on the move – Spring 2016: Cyanotech, BGG, Cypress Systems, Prinova and more

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‘A step in the right direction’: USDA directed to consider funding multi-vitamins for WIC Program

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Data confirms that DNA barcoding alone not suitable for finished dietary supplement products

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Observers say Harvard anti-supplements article so poorly done as to be 'embarrassing'

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DNA barcoding is a critical part of improving the industry’s quality program, says NY AG’s office

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