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Dietary ingredients ensnared in U.S.-China trade war

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President Trump’s trade war with China is set to impact many dietary ingredients, with additional 10 to 25 percent import duties on a range of products from minerals to proteins and sweeteners sourced from China.

IngredientsOnline.com, which connects U.S. and other manufacturers and vendors to ingredient suppliers from around the world, including China, has compiled a list of more than 180 potentially affected ingredients in the company’s supply chain, including choline, creatine, xylitol, animal and plant proteins, ribose, phytosterols, hemp seeds and various forms of minerals and amino acids.

“With boots on the ground in China, our teams in Shanghai have identified this list of ingredients that are on the HTS [U.S. Harmonized Tariff Schedule] Code as ‘potentials’ for the additional duty fees that will start at 10 percent,” said Peggy Jackson, vice president of sales and marketing for ingredientsonline.com. “Keep in mind this is just the beginning; we’re hearing the tariffs can range from 10 percent to 25 percent. It’s obvious this will have a tremendous effect on not only the industry but on consumers as well.”

The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) has been working on this issue since Trump released the first tariffs in May and has received lists from its members, sometimes including 30 to 40 or more ingredients potentially affected by the tariffs.

“The cost of sourcing raw material is going to go up in all these cases,” said Steve Mister, president and CEO of CRN. “Sometimes it’s the finished ingredient; in other cases, it’s the excipients or fillers and similar compounds. Each one incrementally increases the cost of goods, the cost to make the products.”

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California joins FDA in saying no to CBD in foods, supplements

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A position adopted by state officials in California has drawn criticism from companies selling cannabidiol (CBD) in conventional foods and dietary supplements.

The fresh feud brewing in The Golden State symbolizes the disparate treatment of myriad cannabis products in one of the world’s largest economies. Consumers in California can legally buy marijuana for medical and recreational use, but state officials recently said CBD products are off-limits in foods and supplements.

Relying on statements by the federal agency responsible for regulating food in interstate commerce, the Food and Drug Branch of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) asserted in a public statement, or FAQ, “[T]he use of industrial hemp as a source of CBD to be added to food products is prohibited.”

“Until the FDA rules that industrial hemp-derived CBD oil and CBD products can be used as a food or California makes a determination that they are safe to use for human and animal consumption, CBD products are not an approved food, food ingredient, food additive or dietary supplement,” the state agency concluded.

According to CDPH’s statement, “California incorporates federal law regarding food additives, dietary use products, food labeling and good manufacturing practices for food.” The CDPH described CBD as “an unapproved food additive” that is not permitted “for use in human and animal foods per the FDA, and thus, it is not approved in California.”

Asked for this article to explain what prompted CDPH to issue the FAQ, the agency noted, “There has been some confusion on the legal use of CBD and CBD oil since the legalization of medicinal and adult-use cannabis in California.”

In 1996, California became the first state to legalize medicinal marijuana through Proposition 215. Earlier this year, the state began permitting recreational sales of cannabis after California, Massachusetts and Nevada in 2016 joined four other states in legalizing recreational marijuana.

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Weighing the pros & cons of supplement delivery forms

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Now that you have the perfect formula to add to your product line, what solid dosage delivery form should you choose? Capsules, tablets, softgels or powder? The answer—it depends! This is a decision every brand marketer must make during product design. Each delivery form has its place in the dietary supplement arena. Several factors should be considered when selecting a delivery form to ensure the ingredients are delivered to the body in the most befitting form and the product is convenient and user friendly.

The two-piece hard-shell capsule is the most common delivery form in the supplement space. Most allow a rapid release and require fewer processing aids. Tablets are also widely used, which can be packed with a larger quantity of ingredients, allow time-release delivery and offer a variety of shapes and sizes. A softgel typically consists of a soft gelatin or vegetarian-based shell surrounding a liquid fill. This delivery form is particularly suitable for oil-based ingredients. Powders, as the name implies, consist of a single ingredient or mixture of ingredients in powder form. Powders can be considered the purest of the delivery forms requiring few, if any, processing excipients. Powders are ideal for macronutrients or supplements requiring a large serving size. These solid dosage delivery forms have specific manufacturing processes as well as advantages and disadvantages in form and function.

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Delivery Forms for Dietary Supplements

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As someone who’s been in the supplement and manufacturing industry for more than 30 years, I’m continually perplexed at how so many companies focus on overall product quality without also giving equal consideration to delivery within the body. What’s missing here is science and chemistry. More specifically, application of the proper delivery method required for raw materials to be most effective.

Overlooking such factors leads to powders that unwittingly harden, oxidize, taste bad, mix badly, change color or even become rancid. Following are key insights as to when certain ingredient delivery forms should be used for optimal bioavailability and shelf life.

Powders: This is best used for ingredients such as proteins. The major benefit is that even with a serving that is not exact, it won’t affect overall product benefits. Most protein powders are simple dry blends designed to go into solution, usually water, and consumed in a relatively short amount of time. Leaving a powder in water for too long will cause microbial growth, making it dangerous to consume. Materials that are not soluble, taste bad or are highly hygroscopic are not ideal for powder delivery.

Liquids: Great for ready-to-drink (RTD) products, it offers a quick, no-hassle way to consume an ingredient. However, it limits how much actual active material can be included in a serving. The saturation point of liquids depends on the bulk density of the ingredients. Additionally, water-soluble ingredients must be used, otherwise emulsification and suspension techniques need to be applied. Liquid delivery is not good for bad tasting ingredients because “masking” them properly is quite difficult. Liquid delivery products also typically require preservatives and a low-acid or aseptic production.

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Global Omega 3 Supplement Market Analysis By Top Players, Size, Share Forecasting Up To 2026

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Worldwide Omega 3 Supplement Market Research Report represents the proficient analysis of Omega 3 Supplement industry providing a competitive study of leading market players, Omega 3 Supplement market growth, consumption(sales) volume, Omega 3 Supplement key drivers and limiting factors, future projections for the new-comer to plan their strategies for Omega 3 Supplement business. Further, the report contains study of Omega 3 Supplement market ups and downs of past few years and forecasts sales investment Omega 3 Supplement data from 2017 to 2026.

The Omega 3 Supplement Report outline the vitals details which are based on manufacturing region, Omega 3 Supplement top players, type, applications and so on will gives the transparent view of Omega 3 Supplement Industry. The important presence of different regional and local players of Omega 3 Supplement market is tremendously competitive. The Omega 3 Supplement Report is beneficial to recognize annual revenue of key players, Omega 3 Supplement business strategies, key company profiles and their benefaction to the Omega 3 Supplement market share. The Omega 3 Supplement research contains pictorial representation of important data in the form of graphs, figures, Omega 3 Supplement diagrams and tables to make simplified for the users to understand the Omega 3 Supplement market new trends clearly.

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ISIC report points to life-extending potential of caffeine and coffee

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A new round table report has suggested that coffee consumption can lead to a reduced risk of death with a collective of studies indicating a potential risk reduction of up to 17%.

The finding is one taken from a number of studies available within the report complied by the institute for scientific information on Coffee in which featured evidence points to coffees nutritional make up as beneficial to health.

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AKA says it can see signs that government position on kratom is evolving

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Kratom advocates say they can see cracks developing in the wall the federal government has tried to build around access to this botanical.

The American Kratom Association sent out a communication in which it claimed that the National Institute of Drug Abuse had changed its tune on the safety of the botanical. According to AKA, a NIDA webpage associated with the botanical has recently changed its wording to “Kratom by itself is not associated with fatal overdose”.

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New Chinese Tariffs Target 60 Billion In U.S Trade; Supplements Escape For Now

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The Chinese government has retaliated in the latest escalation of President Trump’s trade war by releasing lists of new tariffs on US products, the highest of which will reach 25%. Experts worry that the fallout could affect the supplement industry.

In July President Trump turned up the heat in the trade dispute with China releasing a new list of 10% tariffs targetings 200 billion in trade with China. The most recent is a direct response.

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Unleash Your Skin’s Internal Defenses

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Normally you think of protection from ultraviolet skin aging as something that must take place from outside your body, by blocking out solar radiation. But new research reveals that internal factors are just as critical for optimal skin protection.

Clinical research shows that upon ingestion, safe and readily-metabolized plant extracts furnish your skin with extraordinary protection from photoaging.1 They slow the absorption of harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays and blunt potentially cancer-causing DNA damage inflicted by sun-generated free radicals.2,3

Much has been written about how the sun’s burning ultraviolet rays harm our health and appearance. Yet despite the warnings, more than two million4 people in the US will be diagnosed with skin cancer this year alone. Rates of melanoma—the most dangerous form of skin cancer—have not only doubled over the past 10-20 years, but continue to rise 3% to 7% annually.5

In one study, novel plant extracts demonstrated an impressive 54% reduction in activity of collagen-degrading enzymes and an 86% inhibition of enzymes that break down hyaluronic acid—your skin’s natural moisturizer!6

In this article, you will learn of the mechanisms by which certain phytonutrients can significantly offset the ravages of excessive UV exposure that lead to premature skin aging.

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Current Good Manufacturing Practices & the Private-Label Distributor

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Over the past several years, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has focused its attention on compliance issues related to the dietary supplement industry, generally, and on current good manufacturing practices (cGMPs), in particular. Indeed, we have seen an increase in the issuance of 483s and warning letters to Private Label Distributors (PLD) for failing to have adequate standard operating procedures related to cGMPs.

The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) prohibits a person from introducing or delivering for introduction, or causing the delivery or introduction, into interstate commerce a dietary supplement that is adulterated for failure to comply with dietary supplement cGMP requirements (FFDCA § 402(g)). The cGMP regulations are located in Title 21 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 111.

To be clear, a PLD is ultimately responsible for products introduced or delivered for introduction into interstate commerce carrying its name and must ensure that the company and products are in compliance with all FFDCA requirements and pertinent regulations. Therefore, along with establishing standard operating procedures (SOPs) the PLD must implement directly, it must also develop oversight SOPs to ensure its contract manufacturing and fulfillment companies are in compliance.

The cGMP regulations provide for broad and general requirements. To the extent that these regulations apply to the PLD, step-by-step how-to instructions and detailed explanations must be identified in the SOPs to implement the cGMP requirement. Below is a broad outline of both the direct and oversight SOPs that a PLD must develop.

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As indicated, the agency has issued several warning letters emphasizing the importance of oversight SOPs for dietary supplement cGMPs. The letters stated that a dietary supplement distributor using contract manufacturers or labelers may be liable for cGMP violations by its contractors, explicitly noting that “‘agents vested with the responsibility, and power commensurate with that responsibility, to devise whatever means necessary to ensure compliance with the [FFDCA]’ can be held accountable for violations of the [FFDCA].”

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