Ingredient adulteration goes under the microscope at Expo West 2011

Ingredient adulteration goes under the microscope at Expo West 2011

Issues of contamination, economic adulteration and outright fraud in dietary supplements are threatening the reputation established for the dietary supplements and natural foods industry by responsible companies. These issues are the subject of two special panel sessions featuring a lineup of industry experts at Supply Expo and Natural Products Expo West 2011 in Anaheim, California, on March 11.

Ingredient supply issues are on everyone’s mind these days. Issues of contamination, economic adulteration and outright fraud in dietary supplements are threatening the reputation established for the dietary supplements and natural foods industry by responsible companies. These issues are the subject of two special panel sessions featuring a lineup of industry experts at Supply Expo and Natural Products Expo West 2011 in Anaheim, California, on March 11.

The first of the two panels, both of which will be moderated by Functional Ingredients managing editor Hank Schultz, will look at the issue from the point of view of retailers.  What do retailers need to know about adulteration issues?  What is their liability?  What are some “code phrases” that retailers can look for on label language to alert them to potential problem products?

This first panel will include: Jason Sapsin, a Colorado-based attorney specializing in food ingredient regulatory issues; Cheryl Hughes, a health foods store owner who has been involved for many years with regulatory issues in the industry; and  Andrew Shao, Ph.D. with Herbalife, who was formerly senior vice president for scientific and regulatory affairs for the Council of Responsible Nutrition. This session is scheduled from 12:15 to 1:15 in room 207A at the Anaheim Convention Center.

The second session looks at the issue from the point of suppliers.  How can suppliers best protect their supply chain?  What is their responsibility and/or liability as far as adulteration is concerned?  Does a practice of sourcing ingredients based soley on price make tainting issues invevitable? This session will include both Shao and Sapsin.  Hughes drops out in favor of Christian Artaria, marketing director of Indena S.p.A. Artaria is the author of a number of articles on botanical ingredients for nutrition and cosmetic use.

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