FDA on Kratom Imports
FDA recently notified its field personnel who are responsible for imports that it may detain certain products containing kratom (Mitragyna speciosa), an herb that comes from a tree in Southeast Asia, without physical inspection because the agency determined the substance is a botanical that qualifies as a new dietary ingredient (NDI) and poses adverse health effects ranging from aggression to nervousness, hallucinations and sleeplessness.
Popularity of Omega Oils
Nearly half of grocery shoppers surveyed tend to look for products with omega-labeled oils. This slide show examined consumer preferences when shopping for oils and products containing oils. The information was originally presented by Dow AgroSciences during a webinar.
Americans Rank Favorite Cookies
No doubt about it, Americans love cookies. In fact, cookies are such a part of the American pantry that market data compiled by Symphony IRI found U.S. consumers spent approximately $4.1 billion on the tasty treats in 2011. This image gallery highlighted America’s Top 8 Favorite Cookie brands recently ranked by U.S. consumers in the 2012 Harris Poll EquiTrend (EQ) study.
Legal Battle Over Kratom
Kratom is not a legal dietary ingredient in the eyes of FDA, which notified the supplement industry in 2013 about the ingredient’s growing popularity and dangers, started seizing imported kratom in 2014 and has opened 2016 with a big kratom seizure. The agency has said its concerns are based on research showing dangerous side effects, including dependence, but opponents of FDA’s position on kratom point to the herb’s history of safe use and its medicinal benefits as reasons why it should be legal.
Dietary Supplement Industry Year in Review
The dietary supplement industry welcomed—and in some cases, weathered—the top happenings of 2015. This Slide Show looked at key events, research and news affecting the dietary supplement industry in 2015.
Clean Label Becomes Mainstream
It’s apparent that clean label is no longer a trend; rather it has become a driving force behind the way that companies are thinking about new and existing products. This slide show, adapted from Courtney Morton’s article, “Clean Label in Action,” examined current clean label products on the market, in addition to the clean label movement.
FDA Supplement Notification Process
For two decades, dietary supplement manufacturers bringing new substances to market have been required to notify FDA 75 days in advance. The notification system—and FDA’s interpretation of it—has divided the dietary supplement industry and regulators, causing disagreements about the scope of the requirements and when they are triggered.