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Matrixx enters immunity system supplement arena

BY Michael Johnsen

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. – Matrixx Initiatives on Wednesday kicked off National Immunity Month with the launch of Zicam Total Immune, a brand new dietary supplement and immune support product. Part of a larger effort to promote immune health, Zicam is teaming up with fitness expert Tracy Anderson and Self magazine to help consumers prepare for the upcoming cold season.
 
"The launch of Zicam Total Immune expands our role as a wellness solution, providing consumers with a range of immune support products to fit their active lifestyles," said M'lou Walker, CEO of Matrixx. "In our mission to develop better ways to feel better, we are excited to partner with others who support healthy living."
 
"As a mother and business owner, I really look for products that work for my busy lifestyle and can be taken on the go," Anderson said. "I'm all about helping women be the very best version of themselves and I love that Zicam Total Immune is about giving your body the added support it needs so you can live life to the fullest."
 
To further ensure consumers are well prepared for the season, Zicam is partnering with Self magazine on a series titled "31 Days to Better Health & Happiness" which will provide tips and tricks for supporting immune health this fall through nutrition, fitness, wellness and sleep. 
 
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Researcher explores impact of magnesium deficiency

BY Michael Johnsen

LOS ANGELES – According to researcher, nutritional biologist and author, Andrea Rosanoff, director of research at the Center for Magnesium Education, most Americans are severely magnesium deficient, including 68%-89% of teens, 70%-80% of elderly and over half of Americans aged 51-70. 
 
To help people understand the basics of this vital health issue, Rosanoff on Tuesday made available a free e-book entitled "Why Do We Need Magnesium?" 
 
"Proteins build, repair and maintain cells; they are the basic building blocks of our bodies," stated Carolyn Dean, medical advisory board member of the Nutritional Magnesium Association. "Magnesium helps synthesize protein, and without protein synthesis there would be no cell growth or maintenance, and without cells there would be no life."
 
 
 
 
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FDA shuts down Miami company for non-compliance with GMPs

BY Michael Johnsen

SILVER SPRING, Md. – The Food and Drug Administration on Monday effectively shut down Sunset Natural Products for manufacturing and distributing adulterated dietary supplements, following a ruling Friday issued by U.S. Magistrate Judge Edwin  Torres for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Torres entered a consent decree of permanent injunction against the company and its two owners, Teresa Martinez and Elsy Cruz.
 
Under the terms of the consent decree, the company will not be allowed to manufacture or sell dietary supplement products until the FDA has determined that the business is in compliance with the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.  
 
“The FDA is committed to protecting the public health by ensuring dietary supplement makers operate in accordance with the law,” stated Melinda Plaisier, associate commissioner in the FDA’s Office of Regulatory Affairs. “Good Manufacturing Practice regulations are designed to safeguard consumers and violation of these requirements will result in enforcement action.”
 
The FDA issued Sunset Natural Products a Warning Letter on March 19, 2013, for violations of the cGMP requirements as well as unapproved drug claims. The FDA’s follow-up inspections in 2014 found that although the company removed drug claims from its products, it failed to bring its manufacturing operations into compliance with cGMP.
 
The consent decree prohibits the company and its owners from marketing dietary supplements until they, among other things, recall and destroy the dietary supplements that have been manufactured or distributed since April 2, 2014, hire a cGMP expert and receive written permission from the FDA to resume operations. 
 
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