Nutrasource Blog

Shotgun Metagenomics: A Viable Solution for Species Identification of Supplements and Foods?

Posted by David Erickson, Ph.D. on Tue, Nov 27, 2018

The advent of new DNA sequencing technologies has fundamentally changed how we use DNA data to solve real-world problems. The first of those changes was in the technology that acquires DNA sequence data. The second was in the analysis of that data. (For more, see my previous post, Can DNA Solve the Supplement Industry's Identity Problems?)

One of the branches of DNA data analysis is what we now call metagenomics – a term frequently used but not always understood.

Here I explain what this technique is and how nutraceutical and food industries can use it to verify the identity of products, such as probiotics and prepared foods in mixtures, with more certainty than ever.

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Tags: Dietary Supplements/Natural Health Products, Product Testing & Certifications

Prop 65 Updates: How to Ensure Dietary Supplement Compliance in California

Posted by Kevin Yan, M.Sc., Director of Analytics & Certifications on Fri, Sep 07, 2018

In the wake of California's updated Prop 65 requirementswhich came into force August 30, 2018—many of our clients have approached us with questions regarding compliance.

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Tags: Dietary Supplements/Natural Health Products, Regulatory, Product Testing & Certifications

Can DNA Testing Solve the Supplement Industry’s Identity Problems?

Posted by David Erickson, Ph.D. on Thu, Jun 21, 2018

It’s surprisingly easy not to notice that you are living in a time of revolution. The technological revolution we are living through has been rumbling along for so long now, sometimes it’s hard to appreciate it or get excited. But the revolution in DNA sequencing and its effects on society are worth our attention – especially when it comes to how we characterize and identify natural products.

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Tags: Product Testing & Certifications, Probiotics, Dietary Supplements/Natural Health Products

Nutrasource, GOED, DSM Jointly Publish Largest-Ever Fish Oil Oxidation Study

Posted by Jennifer Andrews, M.Sc. on Fri, Feb 23, 2018

Fish oil supplements remain popular sources of EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids. Some studies have suggested that commercially available fish oil supplements are excessively oxidized, impacting oil quality and safety.

To investigate this issue, Nutrasource's scientific team paired with the Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3s (GOED) and DSM to commission the largest study ever to evaluate oxidation parameters in a large database of fish oil omega-3 dietary supplements, and to compare the data with other common commercially available dietary oils.

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Tags: Omega-3s, Product Testing & Certifications, Dietary Supplements/Natural Health Products

Setting Higher Quality Standards for Label 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 & Certifications, Claims, Product Marketing, Dietary Supplements/Natural Health Products

Your Top Regulatory, R&D, and Testing Questions Answered

Posted by Nutrasource on Mon, Apr 13, 2015

Bringing a product to the next level can be a challenge.  There are many hurdles standing in the way, whether your goal is to support a new claim or re-position your product for a new market.

We've rounded up some of the most common questions we hear from the dietary supplement industry in the hopes that our answers will help you overcome your latest product development challenge.

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Tags: Product Testing & Certifications, Regulatory, Dietary Supplements/Natural Health Products, Claims, Clinical Trials

How to Choose an Analytical Testing Lab for Dietary Supplements

Posted by Nutrasource 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 & Certifications

The Value of Third-Party Certifications for the Natural Health Industry

Posted by Jennifer Andrews, M.Sc. on Tue, Aug 12, 2014

Consumer interest in quality, transparency, traceability and labelling has grown substantially in the past decade.  According to the Supplements/OTC/Rx (SORD) database, an ongoing market research platform launched in 2006, 44% of consumers are concerned about supplement quality.

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Tags: Product Testing & Certifications, Product Marketing, Dietary Supplements/Natural Health Products