Functional ingredients industry chatter

Pointing fingers?
"If you're getting suspect product out of China — or anywhere else — you're the problem."

— George Pontiakos, CEO of BI Nutraceuticals on the importance of having clear specifications and rigorous surveillance when doing business in China

Weather forecast
"A number of governments are amending their food regulations over the next five years, so we will have substantial developments and challenges."

— Byron Johnson, chairman of the International Alliance of Dietary/Food Supplement Associations

Bright future
"Maximum growth is anticipated from broadening applications in functional foods and beverages and meal supplements. Other potential growth opportunities are expected from isoflavones and soy proteins, calcium and magnesium, lycopene, probiotics, omega-3 fatty acids and psyllium fibres."

— Shashikant Patel, chairman and managing director, India's Plethico Pharmaceuticals, which recently acquired the US company Natrol (from

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