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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is seeking comments on a document aimed at helping small supplement makers better understand good manufacturing practices for dietary supplements, which they are now obligated to follow.

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Eagan, MN—In a recent trial, a branded immune health ingredient (Wellmune WGP from Biothera, based here) helped reduce the length of time subjects experienced upper respiratory tract infection symptoms.

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Omaha, NE—The Journal of Functional Foods (JFF) published an assessment of the adverse event reports (AERS) that were associated with Citrus aurantium, otherwise known as bitter orange.

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Helios CORP and Sunbio announced that they received new dietary ingredient (NDI) approval for EstroG-100.

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Migdal HaEmeq, Israel—Clinical Interventions in Aging has published data indicating that elderly individuals with memory recall problems may benefit from taking a omega 3–phosphatidylserine (PS) product.

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Gaithersburg, MD—The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has put out reference materials for supplements that include Vaccinium berries. New to its library are a suite of quality assurance tools for the following dietary supplement ingredients: cranberry, blueberry, bilberry and mixed berry.

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Buckinghamshire, UK—Elevated prices among commodities such as sugar are forcing food manufacturers to reformulate products with alternative sweeteners. Despite the general trend away from high-fructose corn syrup (HCFS), some companies are opting to use this sweetener in an effort to avoid the soaring price of sugar. Others are looking to up-and-coming sweeteners such as agave and stevia to sidestep the inflation.

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Bloomington, IN—Helios Corporation and Sunbio have launched the Safety vs. Uncertainty initiative in an effort to clarify viable, safe choices in the menopause support arena.

 

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