NSK-SD® Nattokinase approved as a Novel Food Ingredient by EFSA

The industry’s leading manufacturer and supplier of nattokinase has announced the publication and noted approval of NSK-SD® nattokinase on the Union market as a novel food ingredient under the Article 1(2) of Regulation (EC) No 258/97. NSK-SD has been approved in all 28 EU member states and was featured in the Office Journal of the European Union. As expected, EFSA also noted that NSK-SD exhibits in vitro fibrinolytic activity and in vitro thrombolytic activity in animals when administered parenterally.

What is Nattokinase?
NSK SD® nattokinase is a potent fibrinolytic enzyme produced from the fermentation of boiled soybeans by B. subtilis. This process results in the traditional Japanese food, Natto, from where the enzyme gets its name.

NSK SD® nattokinase may help to normalize blood viscosity and pressure by degrading circulating fibrin. According to the manufacturer, NSK-SD® has been researched for more than 25 years, with results suggesting numerous circulatory benefits.

Here’s a link to the European law and all documentation associated with this approval of fermented soybean extract:
http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=CELEX:32017D0115

CRN and IPA Release Best Practice Guidelines for Probiotics

Washington, D.C., January 9, 2017—The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), the leading trade association for the dietary supplement and functional food industry, and the International Probiotics Association (IPA), an international membership organization of probiotic companies, today announce the development of scientifically-based best practices guidelines for the labeling, storing, and stability testing of dietary supplements and functional foods containing probiotics. As probiotics are quickly gaining popularity, the guidelines are designed to ensure probiotic manufacturers can consistently create high-quality products that consumers can be confident in.

“We trust the industry will embrace these guidelines and integrate them into their labeling and manufacturing practices,” said Andrea Wong, Ph.D., vice president, scientific & regulatory affairs, CRN. “As more and more consumers incorporate probiotic products into their daily health regimen, we felt it was essential to develop a roadmap for companies producing and marketing these products to ensure that they meet consistent, high-quality standards.”

“We believe these guidelines will raise the bar for the probiotic industry,” said George Paraskevakos, executive director, IPA. “In working with CRN to develop this critical list of recommendations, we’ve demonstrated that the dietary supplement and functional food industry is proactive and responsible when it comes to meaningful self-regulation. These guidelines reflect the most up-to-date science and industry thinking, and will continue to be updated as best practices evolve. We should always be looking for ways to make our sector and the entire industry better for the benefit of consumers, and adhering to these guidelines is a big step forward.”

Stressing the importance of providing meaningful information to consumers, the guidelines recommend that the quantitative amount(s) of probiotics in a product should be expressed in colony forming units (CFUs). “CFU is the scientifically accepted unit of measure for probiotics. Labeling probiotic products in CFUs gives consumers the best information possible when it comes to the viable microorganisms present in the product throughout shelf life,” noted Dr. Wong.

Additionally, the guidelines’ stability testing recommendations are designed to ensure that the stated shelf life of a given probiotic product is scientifically-supported. Storage and handling recommendations advise manufacturers to consider individual product formulations and packaging, as well as storage and transport environments.

Probiotic Supplements Will Be the #1 Fastest-Growing Supplement in North America through 2021

If current trends hold true, probiotic dietary supplements will be the fastest-growing supplement category in North America in 2016–2021, according to a presentation by market researcher Euromonitor at October’s SupplySide West trade show. During this time frame, North America’s probiotic supplement growth (55%) will also outpace the rest of the world’s (38%).

Read more at nutritionaloutlook.com.

It’s here! FDA releases new NDI draft guidance

Master Files and a grandfathered list are among the highlights in the FDA’s new Draft Guidance for New Dietary Ingredient Notifications.

Read more at nutraingredient-usa.com.

FDA Expected to Release NDI Guidance for Dietary Supplement Industry

FDA is expected to issue a revised draft document governing new dietary ingredient (NDI) notifications to the agency.

Industry sources described release of the document as “imminent” and said it could be unveiled in the coming weeks in response to criticisms that the July 2011 guidance poses undue burdens to companies and is contrary to the 1994 Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA).

Read more at naturalproductsinsider.com.

Congress Passes Federal GMO Labeling Bill

After years of public and legislative debate, both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have voted to require companies to disclose the usage of genetically modified ingredients, or GMOs, in food products. The law would require manufacturers to display text, symbol or electronic code that indicates if the food includes GMO ingredients.

Read more at nutraceuticalsworld.com.

Supplement quality efforts ripple through value chain

Best farming practices, new test methods to identify ingredients, better claims-making all are starting to shift.

Transparency and the consumer’s right to know everything about products—from where they were made to how they were made—are increasingly important for the public and regulators.

While problems with dietary supplements, from adulterated ingredients to claims that don’t match the science, are nothing new, all these issues have gained renewed fervor over the last year.

Read more at newhope.com

Microbiome modulation shows brain benefits: Mouse data

Altering the gut microbiome has been shown to reduce erosion of nerve cell protection in the brains of mice in an Irish study.

Read more at nutraingredients-usa.com.

Nutrition for the Whole (Furry) Family

For pet owners, their animals are more than just companions. A 2014 survey from Packaged Facts, Rockville, MD, indicated that 83.5% of U.S. pet owners agreed with the statement, “I consider my pet(s) to be part of the family.” An even higher percentage (93.6%) of consumers who purchased dietary supplements for their pets’ health said this statement was true.

Read more at nutraceuticalsworld.com.

Positioning The Supplement Market For Long-Term Success

Despite a barrage of negative publicity that reached a pinnacle in February 2015 with the New York Attorney General investigation of botanical dietary supplements sold at GNC, Target, Walgreens and Walmart, the industry overall still seems to be on strong footing, according to sales data, consumer surveys and expert analysis. However, future success will likely require a renewed commitment to quality and strong standards for safety and traceability.

Read more at nutraceuticalsworld.com.