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.

News and notes from industry suppliers.

From Cyvex Nutrition comes Alfapro Agglomerate. This form of its branded Alfapro protein concentrate is intended for beverage manufacturers since it can be combined with other ingredients without lumping. The product also is said to “deliver superior dispersibility.”

Stiebs now offers a new ingredient for the health, wellness, cosmeceutical and functional food markets. TRUE Pomegranate is a mix of pomegranate extract and pomegranate oil from 100% California pomegranate fruit. Stiebs manufactures a full line of pomegranate products and other plant-based ingredients in Central California.

Valensa International and Parry Nutraceuticals introduced a premium coated spirulina called Pur-Blue. “The ingredient uses an all-natural phycocyanin extract coating to mask the flavor of the native spirulina—offering companies interested in marketing spirulina to a broader range of consumers an attractive, neutral- tasting product that can appeal to the pickiest of eaters,” says the company.

Frutarom, USA launches BLIS M18, which is made from S. salivarius. This probiotic bacteria promotes oral health. Says the company, “A daily intake of BLIS M18 can aid in protecting teeth from bacteria known to cause tooth decay, while protecting teeth from erosion caused by high-acid foods and helping break up dental plaque.” BLIS M18 can be formulated into lozenges, chewable tablets, chewing gums, stick packs, fast-melt tablets and powdered drinks.

Satiereal is a satiety-promoting ingredient that also is said to decrease sugar cravings and hunger between meals and decrease compulsive snacking (thereby supporting steady weight loss), according to its distributor P.L. Thomas. Also benefiting emotional well-being, Satiereal is a “clinically proven formula that improves levels of neurotransmitter serotonin,” says the firm.

Naturex now offers new standardized extracts in its NAT activ line; more natural colors in its NAT color category; more botanical extracts in its NAT healthy line; Xtrablend RP, a blend of rosemary and pomegranate; references like rose and hibiscus in its NAT arom category; and EZ-Caps, references that protect aromatic compounds.

The average raw materials supplier has a lot of responsibility on its shoulders. Before they can say “mission accomplished,” they must be sure they are investing in the right ingredients, sourcing those ingredients from the right people, testing them for quality and purity with the most stringent and up-to-date methods available, and doing it all while remaining in strict compliance with current manufacturing standards and industry regulations. Then, they have to keep their prices low enough for finished product manufacturers to be interested.