Supplier Briefs: March 2013

Kemin of Des Moines, IA received a letter of non-objection from Health Canada for the use of FloraGLO Lutein in conventional foods and beverages.

A German consumer research organization called GfK found that L-carnitine and its health benefits are well known by 43% of consumers surveyed. Some 39% knew that L-carnitine benefits weight management; of those that take the supplement, 59% use it for weight management, 33% for exercise and 10% for cardiovascular health. The survey of 1,000 consumers was commissioned by Lonza Ltd. of Switzerland, distributor of Carnipure L-carnitine.

An ingredient from St. Clair Shores, MI- based Albion Human Nutrition called Creatine MagnaPower now has GRAS status.

Aker BioMarine Antarctic of Issaquah, WA wrote a chapter about krill phospholipid omega-3s for Omega-6/3 Fatty Acids, published by Springer Publishing. The text offers information about new research and developments on phospholipid omega-3s for heart and brain health.

Xanthigen (distributed in the United States by P.L. Thomas of Morristown, NJ) now has a U.S. patent (#8,367,072) entitled, “Composition for Treating Obesity and Method of Using the Same.”

Sustamine from Kyowa Hakko of New York, NY, is now part of Champion Nutrition’s Invigorate sports drink.

Carotech Inc., with U.S. headquarters in Edison, NJ, exhibited at the Integrative Healthcare Symposium, New York, NY, in early March.

The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) of Rockville, MD added to its Food Fraud Database with 800 new records of food fraud. Milk, vegetable oils and spices were among the top fraud areas, with seafood, clouding agents and lemon juice also vulnerable to fraud.

 Published in WholeFoods Magazine, March 2013