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SIDI Working Group releases CoA guideline for dietary supplement makers

BY Michael Johnsen

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.

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U.S. labor force packs on pounds, survey finds

BY Michael Johnsen

CHICAGO The combination of work stress and economic pressures appears to be playing a role in the U.S. labor force’s weight gain. Overall, 44% of workers said they have gained weight in their current jobs, up slightly from 43% in 2009, according to a new CareerBuilder survey published Wednesday.

Nearly one-third of workers said that stress contributed to their weight gain at work.

Approximately 28% of employees reported they have gained more than 10 pounds and 12% say they gained more than 20 pounds while in their present positions. Comparing genders, women were more likely to put on weight than men and were more likely to gain a higher amount of pounds. Half of female workers said they have gained weight in their current position, compared with 39% of their male counterparts. As many as 30% of women gained more than 10 pounds compared with 23 percent of men.

“Especially in this economy, it is easier to pick up unhealthy eating habits in the office as workers spend more time on heavier workloads and less time on themselves,” stated Rosemary Haefner, VP human resources for CareerBuilder. “Employers know that employees who are healthier and have less stress are more productive and ultimately stay longer in their positions. Because of this, we continue to see employers taking a more proactive role in their staff’s health by offering perks such as gym passes, onsite workout facilities, wellness benefits and even contests that promote healthy living.”

The survey was conducted from February 10 through March 2, 2010 among more than 4,800 workers.

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FDA commissioner Hamburg invited to testify at Tylenol recall hearing

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON The House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform chairman Ed Towns, D-N.Y., on Tuesday added Food and Drug Administration commissioner Margaret Hamburg to the list of executives invited to testify during the committee’s upcoming Tylenol recall hearing.

Johnson & Johnson chairman and CEO Bill Wildon has also been invited to testify.

The committee plans to hold the hearing May 27 at 10 a.m.

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