Long road to implementation seen for FDA's new FSMA rules on food imports, audits

New rules released under the Food Safety Modernization Act will push more responsibility onto food importers and third party inspectors in an effort to prevent food borne illnesses at their source overseas rather than to try to catch them when they land at the loading dock. At least one observer sees a long and winding road before these draft rules are finalized and fully implemented.

The Latest in Lab Equipment

As this issue’s Product Focus shows, laboratory equipment for food science and the industry is changing rapidly. As the cover story for our December/January 2009 issue reported, one of the key changes in the lab is the emergence of tools that are more efficient, reliable, and automated, said Purnendu Vasavada, PhD, an extension food safety and microbiology specialist with the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. The lab will also be smaller.

Formulating Functional Omega-3 Products

Consumers want sustainable omega-3s to fit in their lives; supplementing shouldn't be a chore to them, and that means they need to taste good and be incorporated into convenient delivery systems, including baked goods, no-burp capsules and tasty liquids. And that fish oil needs to stay stable and fresh throughout whatever processing methods are used so the benefits can be realized.

Suppliers are increasingly turning to novel technologies, including microencapsulation, to ensure stability and taste. Encapsulation helps reduce oxidation of the omega-3 oil; oxidation deteriorates flavor, increases the risk of rancidity and reduces shelf life.

The Mother of All Ingredients Lists

BETHESDA, MD—The National Institutes of Health (NIH) website has launched the Dietary Supplement Label Database, a searchable index of ingredient and other information from the labels of more than 17,000 dietary supplements. Produced under a partnership between NIH'S Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the database is intended to serve as a resource for researchers and the general public.

Prop 65 trial upholds that supplements are food
February 15, 2013

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) expressed support and satisfaction over a decision rendered by California Superior Court Judge John E. Munter on Feb. 13, when Munter ruled in favor of the defendants in a trial that involved Proposition 65 complaints that questioned whether products marketed as dietary supplements are "food" under California's Proposition 65's rule on exposures to "naturally occurring chemicals in a food."

Bayer to Buy U.S. Vitamin Maker Schiff for $1.1 Billion

Bayer AG (BAYN) agreed to buy Schiff Nutrition International Inc. (SHF) for $1.1 billion to add a faster- growing vitamins and nutritional supplements business to the German drugmaker’s consumer-health unit.

Prop 37: Don't leave science to the lawyers

I recently heard several proponents of Prop 37 concede that it’s not a well written law, but claim nevertheless that people should vote for it because this law would be better than no law. I couldn’t disagree more.
Steve Mister, CRN

Yes on 37? No on 37? Everyone’s a loser…

It doesn’t matter whether you support Prop 37 or oppose it; whatever happens in November when Californians vote on whether or not to label GMOs, everyone loses.

CRN launches searchable database of NAD decisions

The Council for Responsible Nutrition has deepened its relationship with the National Advertising Division with the launch of a free, searchable database of all of the organizations dietary supplement advertising decisions.

Product Liability Insurers To Exclude DMAA From Coverage

(Los Angeles): More trouble for DMAA, the controversial ingredient in many pre-workout sports nutrition and weight loss products.

Greg Doherty, Practice Leader of the dietary supplement insurance division of Poms & Associates Insurance Brokers, Inc, today announced that two of the handful of companies offering product liability coverage to the dietary supplement industry will soon be adding DMAA to their respective "ingredient exclusion" list.

"I predicted this over a year ago, and now it's happening" says Doherty. "There has been too much negative press lately on DMAA, and eventually it was bound to catch the eye of some of the insurance company underwriters. Two carriers will now exclude it, although one has hinted that they may offer coverage for products containing DMAA on a "carveback" basis, which means that based on the type of products being sold, the dosage of DMAA and the volume of DMAA sales as a percentage of overall sales, this carrier might offer DMAA coverage for an additional premium. The key word is 'might.' "

Doherty further noted that as ephedra alkoloids got more and more bad press, these "carvebacks" granting coverage were available, but eventually coverage was excluded altogether. Subsequently, the insurance companies paid out millions of dollars for ephedra claims, and they have not forgotten that fact.

"As of right now coverage is still available for DMAA products from other insurers, but my opinion is that the window is closing. It's really the ephedra insurance coverage story all over again."

"Companies currently selling DMAA and want it to be covered in the future face a real dilemma," Doherty adds. "Because of the claims made nature of product liability policies for dietary supplement companies, the product you sell today will likely not produce a claim until some date in the future. If your future policy has a DMAA exclusion, and that claim rolls in, there won't be coverage, even though the policy in your file today covers DMAA."

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