With the growing focus on good manufacturing practices (GMPs) in the nutritional supplement industry, the sourcing of quality ingredients has become more important than ever before.
New products are the lifeblood of most industries, and dietary supplements are no exception. Innovative new products often contain new ingredients, and as such, it’s essential to develop a workable system for introducing products that contain what are known as new dietary ingredients (NDIs). Currently, FDA (Rockville, MD) is focusing on a provision in the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) that outlines an NDI evaluation process. FDA posed several questions in the October 20, 2004, Federal Register and has asked industry and others to comment.
We all know the importance of raw materials to a high-quality product. Raw materials are in fact the foundation of a qualified final product.
With the expected release of the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA; Rockville, MD) good manufacturing practices (GMPs) for dietary supplements just months away, some companies are still struggling with the new regulations.
Soy foods have come a long way since the early days of tofu and meat substitutes. In the past few years, food technologists have become adept at devising new applications for soy and have expanded the array of choices available to consumers.
It is hard to imagine a better market for low-carb products than California. But sellers of low-carb products in California, if they are not careful, could run afoul of the state’s strict consumer protection laws.
Vitamin and mineral supplement manufacturers are adding more ingredients to multivitamin formulas than ever before.
The herbal product category has had a difficult year. First came the ephedra ban. Then came new studies questioning the efficacy of several common extracts. And in case you missed those items, there was also the article on 'dangerous supplements still at large' in the May issue of Consumer Reports.
Despite the steady stream of bad news, manufacturers are optimistic that the category will survive, and even prosper, in the years ahead.