[5/31/2005] GFTC Sponsoring Agri-Food Forum Featuring Health, Wellness and Functional Foods
The Guelph Food Technology Centre (GFTC) is sponsoring Ontario's inaugural Agri-Food Innovation Forum, to be held in Toronto, Ontario on June 19-21, 2005, at the Hilton, Toronto.
[5/31/2005] Enzymotec Boosts Production Capacity
Israel-based ingredient company Enzymotec has announced that due to expected supplement and functional food demand growth, the company has made significant investments in expanding its Israeli site and production capacity.
[5/27/2005] Biodar Launches a Novel User-friendly Website
Israel-based Biodar, a subsidiary of LycoRed has announced the launch of a new user-friendly website and changes to it's company logo, as it changes its strategy and image. According to the company, the new website has user-friendly tools to search innovative products and premixes by catalogue or product applications, and the site offers an Intranet offering data sheets and other certificates.
[5/24/2005] Malaysia's FRIM To Test Herbal Product Quality by Protein Mapping
According to an article in Malaysia's Star Online, the Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM) has developed a proteomic kit to identify markers for herbs such as Eurycoma Longifolia Jack (Tongkat Ali), pegaga and Kacip Fatimah for use as a reference material for quality control. The facility will compare a protein map of submitted samples to its standard to determine whether product has been adulterated or does not meet content claims.
[5/23/2005] NNFA Launches Online Resource Center on Codex Alimentarius
The National Nutritional Foods Association (NNFA) has launched a new online “Codex Alimentarius Resource Center" to "provide members and others with accurate information that dispels the increasing number of erroneous reports stating that sales of dietary supplements in the United States will be halted this summer as a result of international decisions."
[5/20/2005] Study Examines Disclosure of Natural Product Use to Primary Care Physicians
A study reported in Mayo Clinic Proceedings (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research May 2005), involved an 18 item survey distributed to patients at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in March 2003. The survey was given to 198 patients (174 of whom responded) with 92.5% of respondents noting that they used natural products, and of these 41.5% reported that they did not discuss natural product use with their primary care physician. 69.9% of respondents indicated that their primary care physician did not ask about natural product use.
[5/13/2005] Paul Yamaguchi & Associates, Inc. Releases Japanese Nutritional Supplement Report
Japanese consulting company Paul Yamaguchi & Associates, Inc. has announced the release of the latest report on the Japanese nutritional supplement market, entitled 'Nutritional Supplement Japan Market Report 2005'. The report analyzes 4 categories of the Japanese nutritional supplement market,Consumer, Distribution channels, Ingredients, and Regulatory as well as 2 sub-categories, Distribution value chain and Nutritional supplement trends.
[5/13/2005] UN Denounces Ad Campaign by US Vitamin Distributor
According to an article in the UK's The Independent, the World Health Organisation, the Joint UN Programme on HIV/Aids known as UNAIDS, and the UN Children's Fund (Unicef), have denounced the practices and advertisements of Dr Matthias Rath in South Africa, where charges of lying about AIDS medication have been brought against Dr. Rath. According to the article, Dr. Rath's campaign is described as " a dangerous campaign to hype the risks of anti-Aids medication in order to push its own nutritional supplements." Dr. Rath's advertisements claim that anti-retroviral drugs are "toxic" and promote vitamins as a more effective and safer alternative.
[5/13/2005] DSEA SupplySide East Fundraising Dinner Features New Projects
The Dietary Supplement Education Alliance (DSEA) held a fundraising dinner at Supplyside East, attended by seventy-five people. Highlighting the event was the introduction of the new Dietary Supplement Economic Impact Database, a web-based, interactive tool combining statistics of dietary supplement-related businesses such as suppliers, manufacturers, retailers with geography, US demographics and US federal and state political district boundaries.
[5/13/2005] Publix to Expand in Organic/Natural
According to an article in The Tampa Tribune, US grocer Publix is launching a new natural and organic supermarket called Greenwise with two stores expected to open in Florida next year. According to the article, with the concept, the company is expanding an existing natural food operation since about 750 of the company's 852 stores in the Southern US have health and natural food departments called 'GreenWise'.
[5/12/2005] NCAA to Not Punish University of Texas For Breaking Supplement Rules
According to an article in the Fort Worth Star Telegram, the National Collegiate Athletic Association will not penalize schools that provide dietary supplements containing added amounts of amino acids to student athletes, even though these types of supplements are not permitted to be supplied by the University under NCAA rules. The comment was made by an NCAA official in light of recent findings that the University of Texas had supplied this type of product to its athletes.
[5/11/2005] Healthy Branding in Australia
An article on Australia's B & T provides an overview of recent examples of Healthy Branding in that country including new product positioning and trends.
[5/11/2005] Manufacturers, Suppliers Network and Collaborate at SupplySide East
Virgo Publishing, organizers of last week's SupplySide East event in Baltimore, Maryland report that over 2,800 attendees participated in the three day event, which next year will revert to the MeadowlandsExpositionCenter May 1-3, 2006.
[5/10/2005] Banned Substances Given to Texas Athletes
According to an article in the Columbus Telegram, of nearly $120,000 in dietary supplements purchased by the athletic departments at Texas A & M University and the University of Texas between fall 2000 and spring 2004, 21 products contained ingredients banned by the NCAA including a weight loss supplement MNS Gold, which contains syenphrine and several which contain amino acids. Under NCAA rules, schools may dispense only four categories of supplements: vitamins and minerals, energy bars, carbohydrate/electrolyte drinks and carbohydrate boosters.
[5/10/2005] ConsumerLab.com Begins Publishing Test Reports on Japanese Vitamins and Supplements
US-based Consumerlab.com has launched its testing program into the Japanese supplements market, and has presented results from the testing of products containing the ingredient Coenzyme Q10. according to the company, of eleven of twelve products contained the stated amounts of Coenzyme Q10, with the failing product containing only 56% of the claimed amount. Consumerlab.com also noted that it tested this product for the presence of idebenone (which it had found in products tested in Aorth America containing less than label claim of Coenzyme Q10, but in this case, idebenone was absent.
[5/9/2005] Nutrient Contributions of Concern to NCAA
According to an article in The Salt Lake Tribune, supplements provided free of charge to Division I universities in the United States, in exchange for campus advertising, are creating some concern on the part of NCAA officials, who claim that the policy sends mixed messages to athletes.
[5/3/2005] First Annual AHCC & GCP Seminar and Symposium Slated for NYC Physicians Gather to Discuss New Research
The Active Hexose Correlated Compound (AHCC) and GCP Genistein Combined Polysaccharide (GCP) Research Association is hosting the inaugural AHCC & GCP Seminar and Symposium at the Le Parker Meridien Hotel in New York, NY, on Thursday, May 12, 2005. The Seminar, running from 2:30 to 4:30 is open to the public and the Symposium, beginning at 5:00 is open to health care professionals.
[5/3/2005] Major Dietary Supplement Trade Association Makes No Sales of Ephedra a Condition of Membership
The Utah Natural Products Alliance (UNPA), an association of dietary supplement manufacturers, has announced a membership prohibition for any companies selling ephedra at any dose. The association notes that it hopes "that ephedra will not derail the more than ten years of efforts to implement DSHEA and believes an ephedra-free market to be a key step toward those ends."
[5/3/2005] New Nutritional Company Opens Corporate Offices in Utah
US-based nutritional products company Sibu, LLC has announced that it will establish corporate offices in South Jordan, Utah in Q2 2005.