Nutrasource Blog

Top "super" fruits, greens and foods to watch in 2016

Posted by Chiarina Crawford on Thu, Jun 23, 2016

In the evolving world of nutrition, there’s always something new to take note of – novel ingredients, innovative dosage forms, fresh approaches to product packaging.

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Tags: Natural Health Products, Dietary Supplements, Product Trends, Foods

Product formulation challenges and the clean label movement

Posted by Chiarina Crawford on Thu, Jun 02, 2016

The clean label movement continues to gain momentum. As companies work to ensure their products are formulated as cleanly as possible--that is, to “remove the unpronounceable ingredients and focus on natural ones”--they frequently encounter obstacles along the way.

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Tags: Product Marketing, Natural Health Products, Regulatory, Foods

What you need to know about the Supplemented Food Regulations in Canada

Posted by Chiarina Crawford on Mon, May 30, 2016

The regulations surrounding foods supplemented with bioactive ingredients (such as vitamins and minerals) have been evolving in Canada for quite some time. As Health Canada continues to work toward their long-term goal of regulating supplemented food products as foods rather than natural health products, manufacturers must ensure their product is compliant in the meantime.

Read on to learn what food and natural health product companies should know about the current supplemented food regulations in Canada.

Background on Temporary Marketing Authorization Letters (TMAL)

Earlier this year, Health Canada released a guidance document entitled, Category Specific Guidance for Temporary Marketing Authorization: Supplemented Foods. The purpose of this document is to outline the process for stakeholders to obtain a Temporary Marketing Authorization Letter, allowing them to temporarily sell their supplemented food product in Canada.

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Tags: Natural Health Products, Regulatory, Beverages, Foods

Hot product categories spotted at Engredea/Expo West

Posted by Jennifer Andrews, M.Sc. on Thu, Mar 24, 2016

It's hard to believe Engredea/Natural Products Expo West has already come and gone. The show was a hit again this year (no surprises there!) as brands from around the world showed off their newest, most innovative foods and health products.

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Tags: Product Testing, Dietary Supplements, Omega-3s, Clinical Research, Health Claims, Events, Product Trends, Foods, IGEN

Taking an integrated clinical and regulatory approach for the prebiotic/probiotic market

Posted by Jennifer Andrews, M.Sc. on Wed, Jan 27, 2016

Prebiotics and probiotics aren't going anywhere.  In fact, this emerging market has become so popular in recent years that there are now two major events dedicated solely to prebiotics/probiotics.

Our clinical team will be attending Probiota Global (Amsterdam, Feb 2-4, 2016) and Probiota Americas (Chicago, May 31-June 2, 2016) to share knowledge, explore new opportunities and network within this exciting area of health research.

As we gear up for next week's conference, we take a look at one of the most challenging aspects of the research and development (R&D) process for companies looking to bring prebiotics/probiotics to market.

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Tags: Natural Health Products, Dietary Supplements, Clinical Research, Pharmaceuticals, Regulatory, Foods

New Dietary Ingredient (NDI) notifications remain a hot-button issue for dietary supplement industry

Posted by Jennifer Andrews, M.Sc. on Mon, Jan 18, 2016

Manufacturers bringing new substances to the U.S. market must notify the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 75 days in advance.  The requirement, known as New Dietary Ingredient (NDI) notifications, was well-intentioned at the time it was implemented in 1994 but remains a source of debate and confusion for the dietary supplement industry.

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Tags: Dietary Supplements, Regulatory, Foods, GRAS Associates

Roadblocks to food product innovation: Expert panel insights from 25th Canadian Conference on Fats and Oilseeds

Posted by Jennifer Andrews, M.Sc. on Wed, Jan 06, 2016

This past fall, agriculture and food industry representatives gathered at the Canadian Conference on Fats and Oilseeds in Quebec City to discuss challenges facing product developers as they look to bring innovative products to market.

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Tags: Health Claims, Regulatory, Foods

5 things you need to know about Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) filings for food ingredients

Posted by Jennifer Andrews, M.Sc. on Thu, May 14, 2015

GRAS is an acronym for Generally Recognized as Safe.  GRAS status is a regulatory designation first introduced by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as part of the 1985 Food Additives Amendment to the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act).  Its purpose was to exempt certain food ingredients from the definition of food additive.

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Tags: Regulatory, Foods, GRAS Associates

Product testing resources we love (and you should, too!)

Posted by Jennifer Andrews, M.Sc. on Fri, Apr 17, 2015

As third party consultants, we know product testing can be tricky business. Determining which tests are needed for a given product and what the optimal course of action should be can be a significant challenge for food and health product companies alike.

We’ve tested thousands of products over the years to help our clients meet regulatory requirements.  To get the job done, our product analytics team utilizes a number of regulations, guidelines and industry best practices as resources.

Here we list some of the most useful product testing resources we have come across to help you develop your own product testing plan.

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Tags: Product Testing, Natural Health Products, Dietary Supplements, Foods

So far, soy good: Canadian government green lights new health claim for soy foods and cholesterol lowering

Posted by Jennifer Andrews, M.Sc. on Tue, Mar 24, 2015


Health Canada has approved a health claim linking the consumption of protein-rich soy food to lowering cholesterol levels.  The claim is based on scientific evidence that shows consumption of at least 25 grams of soy protein per day helps reduce cholesterol, which is a risk factor for heart disease.

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Tags: Nutrasource, Health Claims, Regulatory, Foods