Nutrasource Blog

FDA Announces New Policy for New Dietary Ingredient Notifications (NDINS) - An Ingredient Manufacturer Must Read!

Posted by Nutrasource on Wed, Jun 29, 2022

Summary: FDA announces draft guidance for industry on their policy to exercise enforcement discretion on delinquent notifications to encourage firms to submit NDIN to correct past failures. Read on to learn more.

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Tags: Product Testing & Certifications, Regulatory, Concept to Claim, ingredients, market access

Non-GMO Testing and Certification: It doesn't have to be complicated

Posted by Ruth Rodrigues, Marketing Manager on Thu, May 05, 2022

Increasingly, over the past few years, the dietary supplement industry has emphasized quality control and claim substantiation. At times, companies conserve on quality control and can end up with a product that doesn't match the claims and ingredients on the label. Many look to third-party organizations that help solve this problem by objectively certifying supplements for purity, safety, and quality. Non-GMO certification has become an useful tool to address some of these concerns. Keep reading to learn more about consumer demand for third-party tested products and ingredients and learn more about the Non-GMO certification process.

Consumers today are far more educated and discerning in their choice of dietary supplements. For context, one in five of US consumers make a transparent vitamin and supplement brand their first choice, according to a consumer market research study, as they seek transparency and third-party certification to back up their claims. Outlined in the 2021 TTC ITC Insights Consumer Supplement User survey, 31% of consumers consider quality certifications and seals on labels/ website a key driver of trust.

This goes beyond consumers, when healthcare practitioners were surveyed, over half of the dietitians surveyed considered quality certifications and seals displayed as the number one driver of trust. 

Needless to say, having third-party certifications back your claims is critical both for consumer consumption and healthcare practitional referral of product. As mentioned, one area that leading dietary supplement brands have leveraged is third-party certifications related to Non-GMO testing. Not only are consumers looking for Non-GMO tested products and ingredients, many retailers require a brand to have third-party certification validating their Non-GMO claims.

Making a Non-GMO claim through traditional supply chain verification is impossible for some ingredients. Certifications by Nutrasource has a streamlined and effective process that assists your product and/or ingredient in acheiving these certifications.

Below we address some of the common questions we receive related to Non-GMO testing and certification.

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Tags: Product Testing & Certifications, Product Marketing, Claims, Regulatory, Non-GMO

Common Stability Testing Questions for Natural Health Products (Canada) and Dietary Supplements (U.S.)

Posted by Kevin Yan, M.Sc., Director of Analytics & Certifications on Wed, Nov 20, 2019

As a contract research organization (CRO), we field many inquiries about stability storage testing here at Nutrasource. Despite being extremely important, analytical product testing for stability and shelf-life is often overlooked. Keep reading to find our analytical team’s answers to the most commonly asked questions about stability storage testing for different dosage forms.

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

Seeing Clearly: Using Transparency to Regain Trust in the Supplement Industry

Posted by Katie Costa, B.Sc., Interim Marketing Manager on Mon, May 13, 2019

Transparency was nothing more than a buzzword a few years ago. It has since quickly evolved into a strategic marketing opportunity for companies seeking a competitive advantage.

Now, transparency is a requirement for supplement brands that want to win the hearts (and dollars) of modern consumers.

Read on to learn how transparency can be prioritized to satisfy both your business goals and your end customer.

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Tags: Product Testing & Certifications

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

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

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., MBA, Marketing Director 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: Product Testing & Certifications, Omega-3s, Dietary Supplements/Natural Health Products

Setting Higher Quality Standards for Label Claims

Posted by Rodney Butt, M.Sc., MBA, Senior Vice President, Strategic Solutions 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, Product Marketing, Claims, 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, Clinical Trials, Claims, Regulatory, Dietary Supplements/Natural Health Products