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5 years to comply with EU nutrition labeling rules, says EAS

5 years to comply with EU nutrition labeling rules, says EAS

Xavier Lavigne, Food Law Manager at EAS, said that the clock starts ticking towards the five-year deadline for nutrition labelling requirements 20 days after publication, therefore from 13 December 2011.

The regulation requires a mandatory declaration on the label of the so-called ‘Big 7’ – energy, fat, saturated fat, carbohydrates, sugars, protein and salt – by 13 December 2016. It also requires these to be expressed per 100g/100ml and, where appropriate, per portion.

While most aspects of the regulation become applicable on 13 December 2014, companies have been given an extended transition period until 13 December 2016 to get in line with nutrition labelling requirements.

“The new food labelling regulation means inevitable changes for companies,” said Mr Lavigne. “The costs of conforming to the mandatory nutrient content rules will most likely hit the smaller food companies more than the larger ones, as many of the larger companies already have some type of nutrition labelling which will simply need to be adapted.”

“However, for those companies wanting to voluntarily label their products with nutrition information any time between 13 December 2014 when the regulation becomes applicable and 13 December 2016 when the transition period for nutrition labelling ends,” he continued, “they will have to comply with the regulations for nutrition declaration, regardless of the given transition period.”

Other aspects of the regulation, with which companies must be compliant by the 13 December 2014 deadline, include new rules on allergen labelling and legibility.

“The regulation introduces a minimum font size of 1.2mm for all mandatory label information, and 0.9mm for products whose packaging has a largest surface of less than 80cm2,” said Mr Lavigne. “For manufacturers it means that knowing how to use the space on certain packages will be key. Already some companies are looking into the creation of understandable symbols in order to gain space and to deal with multilingual challenges. Most companies in the food sector will be pressured into a detailed review of their product packaging in the months and years to come.”

About EAS:

1.    EAS provides strategic advice on international regulation on food and nutritional products. It provides companies with regulatory and strategic advice for the marketing and approval of their products in Europe, Asia and Latin America.

2.    EAS also advises governments, trade associations and companies on the impact of global policy.

3.    EAS has offices in Argentina, Belgium, Italy and Singapore.

4.    For more information on EAS Europe contact EAS, 50 Rue de l’Association, 1000 Brussels, tel.: (+32) 2 218 14 70, email info@eas.eu or visit www.eas.eu.

5.    For information on EAS Asia contact EAS Strategic Advice Pte Ltd, 3 Killiney Road, 07- 04 Winsland House I, Singapore 239519, tel: (+65) 68 38 12 70, email: info@eas.asia or visit www.eas.asia.

6.    For more information on EAS Latin America contact EAS América Latina S. A., Calle Lola Mora, 421 - 5th floor - No. 502, 1107 Buenos Aires, tel: (+54) 11 524 584 95, email: info@eas-americalatina.com or visit www.eas-americalatina.com

 

 

Dasherb passes Korea KGMP authentication

Dasherb passes Korea KGMP authentication

Dasherb recently passed Korea KGMP authentication and became the second TCM enterprise that obtained KGMP in China. As a Sino-German joint venture, our factory has been certified by following authorities:

* Organic (ECOCERT & NOP)

* EU PIC/S GMP (Certified by German)

* Korean KGMP

* China GMP

* Kosher (Kof-k)

* Brands of Credibility (by CCCMHPIE)

 

Top Quality Organic Herbs

Organic dandelion root/Teraxaci Radix                     

Organic schisandra fruit/Schisandra Chinensis

Organic reishi mushroom/Ganoderma lucidum

Organic siberian ginseng root/Eleutherococcus senticosus

Organic astragalus root

Organic burdock root/Arctium lappa

Organic bupleurum root/Bupleurm chinense

Organic blueberry

Organic rosehips

 

About Dasherb Corp. / Certified Organic Herbs

Dasherb was founded in 1992 and became a joint Sino-German venture in 2002, devoting itself to uniting the culture of traditional Chinese herbal medicine with advanced medicinal technology, for the purpose of providing safe and effective natural raw materials to people around the world.

After 16 years of fast developing, we are proud to be an industry leader. In these days of ever increasing market competition, we still adhere to our strict standards of ‘producing safer and more effective products of the highest quality. Our serious working attitude is widely respected and favored by our customers.

Today, Dasherb products are widely used in the fields of medicine, cosmetics, food, health care. For more information, http://www.dasherb.com.

 

 

DSM's expands global premix sites in Latin America

DSM's expands global premix sites in Latin America

Mid-November saw the opening of two new premix sites in Tocancipá, Colombia, and Amaguaña, Ecuador, which together are the most modern premix facilities in Latin America.

“Our new premix plant in Tocancipá will strengthen the entire nutrition sector in Latin America,” commented Rick Greubel, President Human Nutrition & Health, DSM Nutritional Products. “It offers the highest levels of product quality, reliability and traceability, accompanied by state-of-the art safety and sustainability standards. Tocancipá will be a beacon of good manufacturing practice for the region.”


The inauguration of the Tocancipá facility in Colombia, which will serve both the Human Nutrition & Health and the Animal Nutrition & Health sectors, comes hard on the heels of a number of important milestones for the company. These include the opening of DSM’s fifth premix plant in China, the opening of the company’s Animal Nutrition & Health premix plant in India, its acquisition of Fatrom Furajeri Additivi (the leading premix manufacturer in Romania), and the opening of the Animal Nutrition & Health premix facility in Tatarstan (in a joint venture with Tatenergo JSC).

New investments have also been undertaken in Ecuador. Antonio Ruy Freire, President Animal Nutrition & Health, said: "The quality of premix for the feed sector is crucial to the quality of the livestock markets it serves. DSM’s continuing investments in Latin America demonstrate our strong commitment to serve this important market. Our modern premix facilities, with their capacity to create highly specific blends of vitamins and minerals, support the development of the low-cost, high-protein products that consumers are asking for.”


Besides its Human Nutrition & Health and Animal Nutrition & Health businesses, DSM’s Personal Care unit is also present in Colombia and Ecuador. It enjoys a strong position in raw materials and active ingredients for the Sun Care, Skin Protection and Hair Protection market segments.


DSM – Bright Science. Brighter Living. ™
Royal DSM N.V. is a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and materials. By connecting its unique competences in Life Sciences and Materials Sciences DSM is driving economic prosperity, environmental progress and social advances to create sustainable value for all stakeholders. DSM delivers innovative solutions that nourish, protect and improve performance in global markets such as food and dietary supplements, personal care, feed, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, automotive, paints, electrical and electronics, life protection, alternative energy and bio-based materials. DSM’s 22,000 employees deliver annual net sales of about $12 billion. The company is listed on NYSE Euronext. More information can be found at www.dsm.com.

Chr. Hansen launches the FruitMax® line of coloring foodstuffs

Chr. Hansen launches the FruitMax® line of coloring foodstuffs

Just like the rest of the international F&B industry confectionery producers are replacing the much-debated synthetic colors with natural colors these years. Moreover, increased consumer awareness of product labels and additives has accelerated the confectioners’ demand for coloring foodstuffs. More and more new products are launched with coloring foodstuffs as retailers and manufacturers acknowledge the potential they hold in terms of marketing value. Launching the third generation of the coloring foodstuffs range FruitMax®, Chr. Hansen extends its offering to confectioners looking for powerful coloring foodstuffs in bright and vibrant shades.

Color food with food

“The main advantage of using coloring foodstuffs is the opportunity to ‘color food with food’, so to speak, thereby avoiding E-number declaration on the product label. This is attractive to many producers, and not only in Europe,” explains Marianne Bundgaard, Product Manager, Natural Colors Division.

“The emotional benefits offered by coloring foodstuffs are driving the demand for FruitMax®,” Marianne Bundgaard continues. “We see a big interest in coloring foodstuffs from the global manufacturers and this interest has a spillover effect on the big national players. With our new FruitMax® products we are able to offer our customers the opportunity to convert more confectionery products to using coloring foodstuffs.”

The new FruitMax® family members are suitable for various confectionery applications, enabling bright shades ranging from lush green and vivid yellow over clear orange and stunning red to intense purple and blue. Coloring foodstuffs are food ingredients with coloring properties that may be added to food and beverages without declaring them as E-numbers. They are considered food ingredients and not additives and they originate from fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices or other edible raw materials.

Visitors to Chr. Hansen’s stand at the Food Ingredients Europe trade show in Paris, France November 29 – December 1, 2011 will have the chance get a close look at the FruitMax® palette. You will find Chr. Hansen’s natural color experts at stand no. 2D31 in hall 2.

Retailers race for shoppers' Black Friday dollars

Retailers race for shoppers' Black Friday dollars

A tough job market and still uncertain economy may make it difficult for retailers to capture Black Friday dollars from penny-pinching shoppers. The National Retail Federation expects retail sales to increase by only 2.8 percent this season compared to last year’s 5.2 percent growth. Retailers that cater to budget-conscious consumers stand to lose the most, Reuters reports.

The economy has seemingly remained stagnant between this and last year, so what's the reason for the predicted decline? Acosta Marketing Group, a Jacksonville, Fl.-based marketing firm, may provide a few answers. The company's recently released report, "The Why Behind the Buy," found that while shoppers' pocket books haven't improved much over the last six months, grocery prices have increased. This additional pressure on consumers' budgets is leading to reduced overall spending. Here are a few statistics from the report:  

  • 25 percent of shoppers with incomes under $45K said they'd lost their jobs, were demoted or reported some other negative job experience.
     
  • 26 percent of shoppers say they're spending less on groceries this year than they did last year.
     
  • Shoppers are prepared. Nearly 72 percent said they make lists for their shopping trips. Major decisions on what to buy have moved from in-store to at home.

To give themselves a leg up on the Black Friday competition, stores that cater to shoppers on the tightest budgets are pushing the envelope in terms of early openings. Walmart and K-Mart will stay open all day on Thanksgiving as well as many Old Navy locations. Feeling the pressure, Macy's, Kohl's and Target are all planning to open earlier than ever and will kick off Black Friday sales at midnight.

While midnight openings may help some retailers ring up post-Turkey Day sales, the Acosta report offers a few suggestions to help retailers stay competitive year round:

  • Become a shopping partner by providing value while also helping shoppers stretch their budgets. Natural products retailers can use end caps to highlight easy, healthy and inexpensive meal options.
     
  • Social media platforms will continue to grow in influence. Use technology to communicate value and build store loyalty. For example, Ellwood Thompson's Local Market based in Richmond, Va. offers unique product discounts to its Twitter and Facebook followers.
     
  • Remember there are two economies, one for those who make under $50K and another for those who make more than $50K. Understand the increasing divide between low-to-middle income households and higher-income households, and what it may mean for your store. While the Mustard Seed Market and Café based in Akron, Ohio, offers several gourmet items, owner Phillip Nabors, makes it a point to direct shoppers to reasonably-priced health food products. "We have to serve all of our customers, but I regularly direct shoppers to inexpensive healthier options," he says. "We have to present solutions, not be part of the problem."

Orion Therapeutics introduces antioxidant Cantavita

Orion Therapeutics introduces antioxidant Cantavita

Orion Therapeutics, LLC, a Michigan-based biotech company, has introduced Cantavita ®, the first time-release “ultra” antioxidant dietary supplement.

A tablet taken twice daily, Cantavita neutralizes the five major forms of health-damaging free radicals that have been linked to many serious diseases. Many research studies have concluded that elimination of free radicals modulates and maintains healthy cells, tissue and body fluids. Orion Therapeutics believes that Cantavita, a nutraceutical dietary product, will improve general health, wellness and energy levels.

Brunswick Laboratories of Southborough, Massachusetts and Knight Scientific Limited in Plymouth, England have independently verified Cantavita’s industry-leading antioxidant test scores. Manufacturing is done in a current Good Manufacturing Procedures compliant facility in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

“Cantavita is a breakthrough product among dietary supplements,” explained Frederick A. Valeriote, Ph.D., chief scientific officer of Orion Therapeutics as well as CEO of 21st Century Therapeutics, a biomedical research firm in Ferndale, Michigan. “Studies show antioxidants are most effective when continuously present in the body,” he said. Cantavita’s time-release formulation maintains a healthy level of antioxidants, providing users with around-the-clock protection.”

“Free radicals are continuously challenging your body,” Valeriote noted. “Cantavita’s unique time-release properties provide an ongoing defense against them.”

Cantavita was developed following a six-year research study and the awarding of a U.S. patent in 2009. It’s tablet form and two-per-day regimen makes it convenient, tasteless and low-cost. A single dose costs less than a cup of coffee.

Available from www.cantavita.com, anyone interested can subscribe to Cantavita’s email newsletter from the home page.

About Orion Therapeutics, LLC

Orion Therapeutics is a Troy, Michigan-based biotech company with a mission to discover, develop and commercialize novel products derived from neutraceutical and food supplement materials to improve human health. Visit www.oriontherapeutics.com.

These statements have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

FDAImports.com and ExportToUsa.com.cn launch new logos

FDAImports.com and ExportToUsa.com.cn launch new logos

FDAImports.com recently unveiled its new logo as part of an overall re-branding to better reflect diversification of services, global reach and market expansion with new projects and initiatives.  This includes a strong synthesis with its Chinese branch located in Qingdao, ExportToUsa.com.cn, whose new logo is also shown below.

“We’ve doubled our team in 6 months and see growing opportunities in the FDA-, USDA- and Customs-regulated import, export, and manufacturing sectors in terms of compliance and transaction assistance,” said Benjamin England, Founder and CEO of FDAImports.com.  “Our new branding taps into our international reach, including expansion of our China office, and is part of a new roll-out of services including streamlined lower costs, a highly efficient label review initiative and product branding and advertising services.”

“We know that our clients appreciate being able to connect with real, live attorneys and consultants and have their questions answered promptly and personally,” said Mr. England.  “That personal touch is something that’s really important to the firm and a value that we’re going to continue to hold to.”  Mr. England cited three primary ways that FDAImports.com distinguishes itself in the area of client interaction and service from other consulting firms.  Those three areas are:

  1. Providing in-house expertise to ensure that clients receive direct access to attorneys and consultants.
  2. Involving attorneys and consultants with different concentrations and areas of focus to produce an integrated, full and comprehensive consulting package.
  3. Collaborating among in-house professionals; attorneys, paralegals and consultants working together to ensure a full-orbed, well-rounded review of our client’s issues.

“I want the new branding to instill a sense of security and personal connection with clients,” said Mr. England.  “I hope our new logos will further distinguish FDAImports.com as a collective of real, live people doing real, live work.”  The new logo is part of an ongoing expansion at the Maryland-based firm and its Chinese branch, ExportToUsa.com.cn. 

FDAImports.com is an FDA consulting firm helping U.S. and foreign companies navigate through and meet complex FDA regulations for marketing and importing foods, dietary supplements, drugs, cosmetics and medical devices.  Benjamin L. England, Founder and CEO, is a former 17-year veteran of the FDA and served as the Regulatory Counsel to the Associate Commissioner for Regulatory Affairs.  Contact us at http://www.fdaimports.com, call (410) 740-3403 or contact Jon Barnes at jrbarnes@fdaimports.com.

Eco Vita introduces detoxifying Ten-Chi Tea

Eco Vita introduces detoxifying Ten-Chi Tea

Skin breakouts are a common problem for many people at different ages. Winter winds can dry the skin out. Oily skin can cause acne breakouts. Harsh soaps can make a difference in skin texture. All of these are reasons why people might need a skin detox. The best detox for skin has to work from the inside out. The surface of the skin can be cleaned thoroughly, but it will not reach the deeper layers where toxins reside. By using a skin detox tea, the skin will start loosening up and removing those deeply imbedded toxins. Within a short time, the skin will see a fantastic difference.

A tea made with specific skin detox herbs will help get the best results. These herbs will prompt a body to begin the process of cleaning the skin's deepest layers. Some of the herbs one wants in a tea include dokudami, sicklepod and Chinese boxthorn. Each herb has its own benefits to skin detox. Herbal preparations work much gentler than chemical detox options. It might take a bit longer; however, the wait is well worth it. The skin detox will be thorough and take out the toxins at the deepest levels.

A skin detox tea should have only herbal ingredients. Caffeine can have a dehydrating effect that is not healthy for the skin. The herbs will work out the toxins while preserving the moisture one wants throughout the body. These herbs have no sugar or caffeine elements. One can drink the tea and go to bed shortly after without any sleep effects. The gentle herbs are great options for those who have reactions to makeup and sunscreen products. Tea drinkers will find their skin healthier than it has been since they were a child. Moreover, the skin detox tea is safe for almost everyone.

How does a natural skin detox help people? They will see glowing skin begin to emerge, even in deepest winter. They will see skin breakouts vanish. The skin texture will become smoother and nicer to the touch. These herbs offer a body a boost with specific properties that help with healing inside and out. Skin is the main beneficiary of this detox tea. However, people will feel much better because of regular use of a detox tea. One tea to consider is TEN-CHI TEA.

About the Company
Eco Vita is an environmentally conscious, health product company, positioned to deliver vital herbal and natural products in the United States. The company is dedicated to social responsibility in areas of the world that supply their products. Eco Vita is a member of the UN Global Compact. www.ecovitausa.com/.

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Organic's more profitable, so why isn't it the norm?

Organic's more profitable, so why isn't it the norm?

"Change is never easy." This simple fact alone keeps decades—heck, even centuries—old traditions in place. Traditions such as this week's upcoming Thanksgiving feast. There's another adage that seemingly should be at odds with change: "progress must be made."

However, depending on which side you stand in the food industry, "change" and "progress" can mean vastly different things.

Take, for example, new research that found organic farming returns roughly $200 per acre more than conventional crops. The 13-year study was conducted by Iowa State University and is one of the longest running replicated comparisons in the country. Rodale Institute's Farming Systems Trial, which also found organic to be more profitable than conventional, has been conducted for 30-plus years.

Profiting through change

These two studies both started by remediating conventional farmland into organic—a tough transition, no doubt, for any farmer who intends to remain in business. Even so, Iowa reports that its Long-Term Agroecological Research Experiment shows that organic crops still remained competitive with conventional crops during the 3-year transition to organic.

"Organic crops fetch a premium price on the market and eliminate the need for expensive inputs like herbicides and synthetic fertilizers. As a result, they are far more profitable than conventional crops," reported Sustainable Food News.

Organic farmers calls this "progress."

Conventional farmers call this "change."

The modern turkey 'tradition'

But ideas about "change" and "progress" don't just stop with crops. Take this mind-blowing story that hit NPR's Marketplace last week. It turns out, 100 percent of the 40 million turkeys Americans will consume this month are the product of artificial insemination.

To feed Americans' appetite for white meat, traditional turkeys were selectively bred beginning in the 1950s to favor a breed with broader breasts. The problem: Now the modern turkey's breasts are so huge it gets in the way of… well, you know. That non-organic turkey on someone's table never got to do the deed. Instead, people do the deed for them, once a week, for five to six months before Thanksgiving to create enough turkeys to feed the population.

Organic farmers call this "change."

Conventional farmers call this "progress."

Is it all just a matter of perspective?

The conventional food industry is short-sighted. Because change is painful, and because progress must be made, it's easier to call pizza a vegetable and artificially inseminate turkeys because powerful interests are protecting the status quo.

But the status quo isn't the future. Organic crop studies show that. How we treat our animals and feed our kids show that. Sure, change is painful, but even during the transition profits can be had (thank you, Iowa State University). And heritage, organic turkeys? They go for $150-200 a pop.

Why, then, isn't our food industry changing?

CRN names Rend Al-Mondhiry as regulatory counsel

CRN names Rend Al-Mondhiry as regulatory counsel

 

The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), the leading trade association representing the dietary supplement industry, today announced that Rend Al-Mondhiry has joined CRN’s staff to serve as the trade association’s regulatory counsel. 

Most recently, Ms. Al-Mondhiry worked as state legislative counsel for the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA). In this role, Ms. Al-Mondhiry provided testimony and comments on legislative and regulatory proposals, drafted legislation and regulatory language and served as a policy expert in the area of food and drug law.

Prior to joining CHPA, Ms. Al-Mondhiry worked at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, serving as the director of state legislative and regulatory advocacy. She has also held legal internships at the Federal Communications Commission, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, and the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General. Ms. Al-Mondhiry also has served at the state legislative level, working as an aide to Pennsylvania State Senator Jake Corman for two years followed by a stint as the executive director of the Pennsylvania Senate Communications and Technology Committee.

“We very are pleased that Rend has joined CRN.  This is a new position for our association and her skill set and experience provide a perfect match for what we need. Her knowledge of food and drug law will make her a tremendous asset for our staff and for our members. We are excited to welcome her to the team,” said Steve Mister, president and CEO, CRN.

Ms. Al-Mondhiry received her BA from The George Washington University. She earned her JD from Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law. She has been admitted to the Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Washington D.C. Bars.

About CRN: The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), founded in 1973, is a Washington, D.C.-based trade association representing dietary supplement manufacturers and ingredient suppliers.  In addition to complying with a host of federal and state regulations governing dietary supplements in the areas of manufacturing, marketing, quality control and safety, our 75+ manufacturer and supplier members also agree to adhere to additional voluntary guidelines as well as CRN’s Code of Ethics. Visit www.crnusa.org.

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