The European functional foods market earned $545 million in 2008 and is estimated to earn up to $2 billion in 2014, according to analysis from Frost & Sullivan (Palo Alto, CA), the company reported on January 13.
A sufficient intake of vitamin D may prevent or delay the onset of diabetes, concluded research from Loyola University Chicago, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing.
Ecuadorian Rainforest (Belleville, NJ) has launched an online video titled, “Nutraceuticals 2009,” the company announced on January 9. The video presents the top ingredients of 2008 based on ER sales figures and showcases new ingredients for 2009. The video can be viewed for free at: http://www.intotherainforest.com/blog/
The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA; Silver Spring, MD) supported the FDA’s efforts to recall products marketed as dietary supplements that contained undeclared, active pharmaceutical ingredients, AHPA said on January 9.
Robinson Pharma Inc., (RPI; Santa Ana, CA) announced its completion of a surveillance audit for cGMP compliant manufacture of dietary supplements on January 9. The audit was performed by STR (Enfield, CT), a third party testing and auditing firm with a focus on quality systems and analysis.
In response to the FDA’s expansion of a nationwide recall of 69 tainted weight loss products that contain undisclosed ingredients, Steve Mister, president of the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN; Washington, DC), issued the following statement on January 9:
Responding to recent statements regarding dietary supplement regulation, the Natural Products Association’s (NPA; Washington, DC) CEO, David Seckman, released this statement on January 8:“Increased scrutiny by professional sports leagues on steroid usage, which the NPA commends, has unfortunately also led to increased and unsubstantiated allegations that a "tainted" or mislabeled dietary supplement is to blame when an athlete tests positive for a banned substance.
In a new study, Fuji Health’s (Burlington, NJ) brand of natural astaxanthin extract (AstaREAL) derived from Haematococcus microalgae was detected in the iris/ciliary body of New Zealand albino rabbit eyes 24 hours after ingestion, the company announced on January 6.
Aloha Medicinals (Carson City, NV) announced the construction of a second proprietary nanoparticle manufacturing device, the company said on January 6. Aloha first introduced nano-sized medicinal mushroom products in early 2008.
Responding to the growing popularity of a plant-based sweetener, the U.S. Pharmacopeial (USP; Rockville, MD) Convention today announced it is developing a new standard to be included in the Food Chemicals Codex (FCC) that will help food and beverage manufacturers assure the product’s quality for consumers.
TensGuard, an odorless, water soluble blood pressure management ingredient from DSM Nutritional Products (Parsippany, NJ), was recently awarded first prize at this year’s Health Ingredients Europe exhibition by a judging panel of retailers, manufacturers, scientists, and industry leaders.
Sabinsa’s (Piscataway, NJ) probiotic ingredient, LactoSpore, received GRAS status after a review of safety and toxicology data by an independent panel of scientists.
On November 21, FTC announced that it is seeking public comments on proposed revisions to the Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. The proposed revisions are intended to ensure that testimonials describe typical consumer experiences. FTC will stop accepting public comments on January 30, 2009. Nutritional Outlook spoke with John Feldman, a partner at Reed Smith LLP (Washington, DC), about the proposed changes.
Why is FTC considering making changes to the guides?
In a study released on December 18, Scientia (Palo Alto, CA) predicts an annual compound growth rate of 7% through 2012, averaged across all segments of the industry.
BASF Corp. (Wilmington, NC) announced on December 18 that it will close its Wilmington, NC, vitamins manufacturing site by March 31, 2009.