Nutrasource Blog

Setting Higher Quality Standards for Labeling Claims

Posted by Rodney Butt, M.Sc., MBA on Wed, Feb 15, 2017

When Congress passed the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act in 1994, dietary supplements were placed in a unique marketing position. Unlike prescription drugs, which must be rigorously tested to prove both safety and efficacy before they are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for commercial release, dietary supplements can go to market immediately. The FDA monitors the “claim” to ensure there is no implied cure wording and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) assesses the truthfulness of the label claim only if there is a complaint.

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Tags: Product Testing, Product Marketing, Natural Health Products, Dietary Supplements, Nutrasource, Health Claims

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

Top questions to ask our regulatory and clinical team at Engredea/Expo West

Posted by Jennifer Andrews, M.Sc. on Wed, Mar 02, 2016

Heading to Anaheim next week for Engredea/Natural Products Expo West? Our clinical and regulatory team will be there with bells on, ready to answer all your burning questions!

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Tags: William Rowe, Product Testing, Clinical Research, Regulatory, Concept to Claim, Events, IGEN, GRAS Associates

Why the days of cookie-cutter testing methods for supplements are over

Posted by William Rowe on Mon, Jan 25, 2016

Today's piece is a special guest post by William Rowe, President and CEO of Nutrasource, in response to the CBC's retraction of the Marketplace broadcast on supplements.

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Tags: Product Testing, Natural Health Products, Dietary Supplements

CBC cites inaccurate lab testing results as reason for Marketplace supplement report retraction

Posted by Jennifer Andrews, M.Sc. on Thu, Jan 21, 2016

Last November, CBC's TV program Marketplace aired a special report on vitamins and other supplements.  The broadcast reported that popular brands of protein powders and vitamin C were not living up to their label claims.

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

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

You asked, we answered: top regulatory, R&D and testing questions we hear on the trade show floor

Posted by Jennifer Andrews, M.Sc. on Mon, Apr 13, 2015

It's no secret that bringing a product to the next level can be a challenge.  There are many hurdles you'll need to overcome, whether your goal is to support a new claim or re-position your product for a new market segment (read about some of these regulatory and R&D challenges here).

In today's post we've rounded up some of the most common questions we hear at industry events like Engredea and Ingredient Marketplace in the hopes that our answers will help you overcome your latest product development challenge.

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Tags: Product Testing, Regulatory, Concept to Claim, IGEN, Diteba, GRAS Associates

Client success stories within Ingredient Marketplace’s “hot topics” product categories

Posted by Jennifer Andrews, M.Sc. on Mon, Mar 30, 2015

Ingredient Marketplace is sure to be a hit this year as the popular health products trade show heads south to Orlando, Florida.

This year the conference has put together a list of hot topics based on actual requests from registered attendees.  Categories include energy, cognitive health, cardiovascular health and non-GMO ingredients.  Attendees can search for exhibitors within each category, allowing them to easily find companies they are interested in doing business with.

As we prepare for Ingredient Marketplace, we take a look back at some of our customers’ success stories within these “hot topics” categories.  Read on to learn how we helped them achieve their business goals, whether it was to bring products to new markets or support novel health claims.

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Tags: Product Testing, Product Marketing, Clinical Research, Regulatory, Events

Learn new solutions for GMO transparency at our special Engredea/Expo West lecture

Posted by Jennifer Andrews, M.Sc. on Mon, Feb 23, 2015

Will you be attending Engredea/ Expo West next week?

Don't miss our highly anticipated lecture, entitled The IGEN Program: A New Solution for GMO Transparency, by Nutrasource President & CEO, William Rowe.

The lecture will take place Friday, March 6th from 12:00-1:00 pm at the Marriott, Grand Salon A/B.

A complimentary boxed lunch will be provided for attendees so be sure to arrive early!  Seating is on a first come, first served basis.

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Tags: William Rowe, Product Testing, Events, IGEN

How to choose an analytical partner

Posted by Neil B.T. Holman, BSc., MBA, on Mon, Jan 26, 2015

You are in charge of managing outsourcing for your company and you need to contract an accredited third party laboratory to provide analytical services to support your company’s analytical development.  Which lab do you choose, and how do you select the right one out of the thousands of labs available?

The optimal selection of your analytical partner is an essential element to the overall strategy of your business.  You are choosing a partner that can not only have significant financial implications for your company but may also affect your company’s reputation and how it is perceived in the marketplace.

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Tags: Product Testing