March 16, 2011
Manufacturers and suppliers can apply for certification at www.thenaturalseal.org.
“I am pleased that CRN is being given this unique opportunity to participate in this forward-thinking venture with Drug Store News,” said Steve Mister, president and CEO of CRN. “In an era of social networking, this on-line community provides CRN with the versatility needed to effectively reach pharmacists with useful and timely information on supplement regulation as well as the beneficial role dietary supplements play in wellness. Our ‘Life…supplemented’ survey of pharmacists confirms that they both personally take and professionally recommend dietary supplements. We appreciate this opportunity to have been selected as the association best positioned to dialogue with pharmacists on behalf of the supplement industry. We hope that our member companies—and other responsible companies in the supplement industry—will consider participation in Pharmacist Society.”
“We’re excited to join with CRN in our new endeavor. CRN is a scientifically credible and compelling voice for the supplement industry, and access to their scientific and regulatory experts will be beneficial for pharmacists,” said Wayne Bennett, publisher of Drug Store News Group. “Based on our previous partnerships with CRN in providing continuing education for pharmacists, we know of their appreciation for this important audience. This new project gives CRN—and dietary supplement industry companies—the opportunity to disseminate information to a health care professional community that is eager to learn more about supplements.”
For more information, visit www.crnusa.org.
“We’re excited that in spite of the economic recession, consumers everywhere are embracing the idea that every purchase matters,” said Cate Baril, director of business development for grocery and ingredients with Fair Trade USA. “The volume of growth in mainstream grocers was over three times larger than the volume of growth in the natural and specialty channels, traditionally the leading retailers of Fair Trade Certified products, where we continue to also see significant growth.”
Conventional customers have thrown their plastic bags away to fill their reusable totes to the brim with Fair Trade products:
• Coffee, the flagship Fair Trade category, grew 33 percent due to the increased variety of Fair Trade coffees available through a broader assortment of retail supermarkets.
• Ready-to-drink tea and coffee grocery was up 39 percent.
• In sweeteners, Fair Trade products increased 17 percent.
• Frozen desserts increased four percent and chocolate rose 19 percent.
• Aromatherapy and body oil body care increased 19 percent and skin care/body care by 32 percent.
The Global Guide to Good Manufacturing Practice for Supplements, agreed at IADSA’s annual meeting in California, aims to give guidelines for the promotion of best practice in the production of supplements, including manufacturing, quality control, packaging, distribution and storage.
Expected to be an important tool for both companies and governments worldwide, the guide covers quality management, premises and equipment, personnel and training, product and process development, manufacture, storage, transport and distribution. It also gives recommendations in areas critical to the manufacture of high quality products, including the recovery or re-working of materials, documentation, self-inspections, sub-contracting operations, laboratory testing, complaints procedures, product recall and emergency procedures.
“Supplements must comply with all relevant aspects of legislation in their country or countries of production and sale, in terms of composition, manufacture and control,” said IADSA Chairman Peter Zambetti. “This guide has been developed for use by every supplement manufacturer—from the smallest independent business to the largest corporation, within the poorest country to the wealthiest. Considerable thought has been given to the terminology used throughout the guide, due to the contrasting legislative positioning of supplements in different parts of the world and the global variations in interpretation of specific words and phrases.”
The guide has taken into close consideration GMP guides that are in use across all continents.
“This is the culmination of many months of work and discussion over the past year by a number of leading experts in this field,” said Sam Jennings, coordinator of IADSA’s GMP Working Group. “We have had high level input from the ASEAN region, Europe, Japan and the U.S. This is invaluable because manufacturers and distributors of supplements should not only comply with all relevant national legislation in their home country, but also that of any countries to which they export their products.”
For more information, visit www.iadsa.org.
To keep eyes healthy and protect them as they age, research indicates that people need 10mg of lutein every day through diet and eye vitamins, according to Kemin. Most Americans are only getting 2mg or less through diet alone. Linda Fullmer, senior vice president of Kemin Health, said, “Nearly half of the U.S. population has low levels of lutein in their eyes (low MPOD), putting them at risk for developing certain eye conditions as they age. Too many people are still unaware that there are easy steps, like taking a daily eye vitamin, that can protect, prolong and improve their visual performance.”
FloraGLO’s wide-reaching consumer awareness campaign includes national programs, doctor education and consumer outreach. In November 2010, Kemin announced its partnership with blind National and World Para-triathlete Champion, Aaron Scheidies, who serves as a FloraGLO spokesperson. Supermodel, television personality and wellness advocate Emme; world-class athlete Lolo Jones; and celebrity nutritionist and fitness expert Jennifer Galardi have also signed on to help get America focused on eye health.
For Fullmer, getting Americans to protect their vision is about more than business: “Our commitment is to continue showing we are more than an ingredient supplier. We’re an advocate for our science-based ingredients. In the case of FloraGLO, we’re driving the demand for eye vitamins containing FloraGLO Lutein and essentially extending our customers’ marketing dollars and impacting their bottom line.”
For more information, visit www.kemin.com.