SIDI Working Group releases CoA guideline for dietary supplement makers
WASHINGTON The Joint Standardized Information on Dietary Supplement Ingredients Working Group — a coalition of the dietary supplement industry’s trade associations — on Thursday announced the release of the new Certificate of Analysis guideline, the latest in a series of voluntary guidelines for the supplement industry, developed to assist finished product manufacturers with the complex process of qualifying their ingredient suppliers.
The voluntary CoA guideline outlines the type and scope of information that should appear on a CoA provided by an ingredient supplier to its finished product manufacturer for a component or ingredient used in a dietary supplement.
“A requirement of the supplier qualification process involves verifying the information provided in an ingredient CoA, and manufacturers of dietary supplements rely on supplier CoAs to ensure finished products are GMP-compliant,” stated Andrew Shao, a spokesperson for the SIDI Working Group and SVP scientific & regulatory affairs at the Council for Responsible Nutrition. “It’s essential for ingredient suppliers to have a form that can be consistently used, containing the appropriate information in a clear and concise format. … By standardizing the information on CoAs, this voluntary guideline will benefit both ingredient suppliers and dietary supplement manufacturers.”
The voluntary CoA guideline, along with sample CoA templates for botanical and non-botanical ingredients, is available on the five trade associations’ websites, along with the original SIDI protocol materials.
The SIDI Working Group is a cooperative effort run by the dietary supplement industry trade associations including the American Herbal Products Association, the Consumer Healthcare Products Association, CRN, the Natural Products Association and the United Natural Products Alliance.
Lack of fiber in Americans’ diet caused by negative perception, Mintel finds
CHICAGO Recent Mintel research released Thursday found that fiber is noticeably absent from the typical American’s diet. One-in-3 respondents to a recent survey considered their diet to be healthy, but only 1-in-5 reported actively looking for and buying products with added health claims. Based on these results, only a minority of adults are likely to be interested in fiber-enhanced products with digestive claims.
While 30% of consumers say they make it a point to eat naturally fiber-rich foods, studies show most Americans are failing to meet their recommended daily fiber intake. This may be explained by the 27% of respondents who think food with added fiber usually has an unpleasant taste.
“Many people have negative perceptions about the taste of fiber,” stated Molly Heyl-Rushmer, senior health-and-wellness analyst at Mintel. “The taste deters them from eating a fiber-added product that has numerous health benefits.”
As many as 25% of respondents think fiber only is necessary for those who suffer from irregularity or other digestive problems, with men being more likely than women to hold this belief. And 30% of men (compared with 23% of women) also believe supplements are just as effective as fiber-enriched foods.
Despite the fact that research shows that a lack of fiber is linked to various cancers, heart disease and diabetes, 22% of consumers don’t know enough about fiber to know if it is important to their health. Furthermore, 37% believe they can get enough fiber from regular foods, so supplements and food with added fiber are unnecessary.
“Consumers are more likely to report limiting sugar, fat, sodium, and calorie intake than they are to eat naturally fiber-rich foods,” Heyl-Rushmer noted. “Adults don’t fully understand the link between fiber and health.”
Survey: Many Americans look to be prepared for an emergency
WASHINGTON A new Red Cross survey released Wednesday found that 68% of Americans have been involved in some kind of summer emergency, ranging from insect bites, heat stroke and broken bones to more life-threatening situations.
Americans plan to be very active this summer, as the survey found that more than 40% will go hiking or camping and almost 75% will go swimming. While people expect to be active, the Red Cross found that many were not confident they knew what to do in an emergency – less than two-thirds felt confident helping a heat stroke victim and fewer than half could help someone with an allergic reaction to an insect or snake bite.
The survey found that nearly 90% of Americans said they want to be prepared for an emergency, but they don’t know where to start or what to do.
“With so many people outdoors camping, hiking and swimming, it’s important that someone in every household get trained in CPR and first aid skills,” stated Connie Harvey, health and safety expert for the American Red Cross “Learning these lifesaving skills is easier and more convenient than you might think, and Red Cross training can help people prevent and respond to life’s emergencies – big or small.”