Omega-3-supplemented formula leads to bigger children: Study

Omega-3-supplemented formula leads to bigger children: Study

24-Apr-2015 - Feeding infants an omega-3-supplemented formula led to longer and heavier children, compared to a control formula, says a study funded by Mead Johnson Nutrition and the National Institutes of Health.

KonaRed ends first year as public company with revenues, costs and losses all on rise

KonaRed ends first year as public company with revenues, costs and losses all on rise

24-Apr-2015 - KonaRed, the Hawaii-based manufacturer of supplements and functional beverages, reported a 39% net sales rise for 2014.  Sales rose to $1.3 million.

Finland, France, Sweden, Singapore and Taiwan say there is no need for folate supplements

What do 36 countries say about folate and folic acid pre-conception?

24-Apr-2015 - Five countries recommend folate and folic acid consumption around conception above and beyond World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines, while five others dismiss supplementation as unnecessary, report finds. 

AARP study on brain health attitudes points to opportunity for cognitive support ingredients, experts say

AARP study on brain health attitudes points to opportunity for cognitive support ingredients, experts say

23-Apr-2015 - A recent study released by the AARP showed that brain health is becoming an increasing concern, and that more Americans are aware of the potential benefit that playing brain games and doing puzzles may have in combating cognitive decline. The results could spell an opportunity for ingredients that have evidence of their effects in this realm, experts say.

FDA says BMPEA not a legal ingredient, sends warning letters to 5 companies listing stimulant on labels

FDA says BMPEA not a legal ingredient, sends warning letters to 5 companies listing stimulant on labels

23-Apr-2015 - The Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday that it has banned the use of the stimulant BMPEA in dietary supplements and foods. The agency also sent five warning letters to companies that have used the variant of amphetamine in weight loss supplements.  One of those companies, Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals, made the majority of the products that tested positive for the stimulant in a recent study headed by supplement industry critic Dr Pieter Cohen MD.

Health experts debate the role of exercise, food, marketing in obesity

Health experts debate the role of exercise, food and marketing in the obesity epidemic

23-Apr-2015 - An editorial in an academic journal has reignited the debate over the extent to which a poor diet – and the marketing tactics employed by the food industry – is responsible for America’s obesity epidemic.

The Retail Landscape: Challenges in 2015

The Retail Landscape: Challenges in 2015

23-Apr-2015 - The digital marketplace, participating in advocacy efforts, and why membership of a trade association is important: In this guest article, Daniel Fabricant, PhD, Executive Director and CEO, Natural Products Association gives his views on the retail landscape for dietary supplements.

NYAG affair may ultimately serve to reinforce smaller retailers' quality message, execs say

NYAG affair may ultimately serve to reinforce smaller retailers' quality message, execs say

23-Apr-2015 - The actions of the New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman have yet to filter down in a big way to the kind of questions retailers are getting from their customers on supplements. But business executives contacted by NutraIngredients-USA said that the NYAG affair could ultimately benefit the smaller retailers, those who have built trust with their clientele about what kind of safeguards they have in place when choosing the supplements they put on the shelf.

Stopping unfair competition from unlawful ingredients and products at the border

Stopping unfair competition from unlawful ingredients and products at the border

23-Apr-2015 - Complying with FDA regulations can be a long and expensive process. Small wonder then that some companies choose not to, and instead deal in unapproved ingredients or products that contain them. With the FDA constrained to pursue only the most extreme cases, agency scrutiny of many such companies is unlikely, which in turn allows these illicit markets to flourish.

What role do branded ingredients play at retail?

What role do branded ingredients play at retail?

23-Apr-2015 - Ingredient suppliers can spend a lot of time and money differentiating their products but how do they communicate with the consumer, what issues are important to retailers, and is the investment worth it?

The Global Retailer and Manufacturer Alliance: ‘A huge opportunity to increase efficiency and quality’

The Global Retailer and Manufacturer Alliance: ‘A huge opportunity to increase efficiency and quality’

23-Apr-2015 - The first retailer standard for dietary supplements in the Global Retailer and Manufacturer Alliance (GRMA) should be available this year, giving retailers a single standard and auditing program to help reduce audits and costs while strengthening safety, quality and trust, says NSF International.

Congress should strengthen FDA’s oversight of GMOs, CSPI leader says

Congress should strengthen FDA’s oversight of GMOs, CSPI leader says

23-Apr-2015 - Congress needs to strengthen FDA’s oversight of genetically modified organisms before foreign countries, with potentially lower safety standards, begin genetically engineering crops used in finished products that are imported to the U.S., argues an executive with the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

Is there a media bias or is Flat Earth News the new normal for the dietary supplements industry?

Is there a media bias or is Flat Earth News the new normal for the dietary supplements industry?

22-Apr-2015 - Supplements are back in the headlines, with sensationalist and worrying headlines based on old research and a university press release. Is this the new normal for the dietary supplements industry?

Beazley turns up competition in insurance realm with new program specific to supplement companies

Beazley turns up competition in insurance realm with new program specific to supplement companies

22-Apr-2015 - Another competitor has arrived in the specialized sphere of insurance for dietary supplement companies in the United States with a new program offered by Beazley Group, a worldwide insurance provider with headquarters in the United Kingdom.

BSCG offers expanded testing suite that looks for almost 400 drugs that have been found in supplements

BSCG offers expanded testing suite that looks for almost 400 drugs that have been found in supplements

22-Apr-2015 - In this new era when the quality of dietary supplements has been called onto the carpet in the mainstream media, a San Diego-based testing firm believes it has a solution.  The Banned Substances Control Group now offers an expanded testing suite that looks for almost 400 active pharmaceutical ingredients that have been known to turn up in supplements.

Seed supply bottleneck strangles development of made-in-USA CBD supplements

Seed supply bottleneck strangles development of made-in-USA CBD supplements

21-Apr-2015 - For those monitoring the potential market of dietary supplements based on cannabidiol the message is this: Don’t hold your breath for products made in the US, if the experience of Colorado industrial hemp growers is any benchmark. The complex and in some ways nonsensical interplay of state and federal laws is strangling the market on the supply end.

‘Great economical and clinical benefit’: Garlic is an ‘effective and safe approach’ for BP management, says meta-analysis

‘Great economical and clinical benefit’: Garlic is an ‘effective and safe approach’ for BP management, says meta-analysis

21-Apr-2015 - Dietary supplements with garlic (Allium sativum) may beneficially affect blood pressure for hypertensives, says a meta-analysis of 7 randomized controlled trials.

GMPs, AERs, and the NY AG’s action: CRN’s Mister on the big issues of the last decade

GMPs, AERs, and the NY AG’s action: CRN’s Mister on the big issues of the last decade

21-Apr-2015 - The two most positive things to happen to the dietary supplements industry over the last ten years have been GMPs and AERs, says Steve Mister, CEO of the Council for Responsible Nutrition. And what is the most significant negative thing? The NY AG’s action.

Researchers suggest that the discovery and development of more flavonoid prenyltransferases from natural resources will provide big opportunities for the use of highly bioactive prenylated flavonoids in nutraceutical applications.

Could prenylated flavonoids have ‘big potential’ in nutraceuticals?

21-Apr-2015 - Food supplements containing highly bioactive prenylated flavonoids could provide industry with ‘promising nutraceuticals with impressive biological activities’, say researchers. However finding the right enzymes or biotransformation process to produce these nutraceuticals effectively remains a challenge.

FDA’s priortizes rules for GRAS, gluten-free labeling fermented foods

FDA’s list of food priorities include finalizing rules for GRAS & gluten-free labeling for fermented foods

21-Apr-2015 - FDA is considering adding pre- and post-market enforcement “enhancements” to the final rule for the process of determining food substances are GRAS – or generally recognized as safe, according to a top agency official.