Rockville, MD—The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has developed a new tool where adverse events from dietary supplements can be reported.

A branded cranberry extract (PACran from Decas Botanical Synergies) was showed in a clinical trial to help prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs) in women. Results from the study were presented at the most recent PhytoPharm conference in Nuremberg.

News and notes from industry suppliers.

Will recent events cut the number of dietary supplements available in half and increase the cost of those that remain? Do we need to take action again? A couple of recent events remind me of a discussion we had with Constitutional Attorney Jonathan W. Emord, Esq., in October 2003 about action being required to protect everyone’s health. We called upon the wisdom of Thomas Jefferson and others.

Everyone with even an ounce of common sense has grave concerns about the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s “Draft Guidance for Industry: Dietary Supplements: New Dietary Ingredient Notifications and Related Issues,” which was released last July. This Agency sprang this trap on both industry and consumers without seeking any prior input from us at all. It had almost 17 years to seek our opinion before coming out with this document, and then decided to give us a miserly 90 days to respond with our comments, which period was just extended by an additional two months. Why should we be concerned about this document?

Australia is synonymous with boomerangs, crocodiles and kangaroos. Tea tree oil (TTO) is another offering that is associated with this country, as Australians have used TTO for centuries. Today, TTO is used for everything from dandruff care to wound care.

An investment into private label is partly a bid to expand the unique brand that a store is, in essence, already providing to its community. Exclusive product offerings give customers a chance to take home with them the quality, the values and the healthy lifestyle that the store embodies for them to begin with.

It’s hard to stay ambivalent about technology. Either you love it and can’t get enough of it, or you dislike the change it brings, and the way its newness encroaches on our lifestyles. Many are at least fearful of jumping fully on board, because technology, even with all of its potential, can be intimidating to learn and grow with. The prospect of turning central aspects of your natural products store over to these machines? It makes for a daunting decision to be sure, but ask those who have done it, and they’ll likely tell you it was fun, profitable and brought them closer to the needs of their store and its customers.

Enzymes. These proteins are a crucial part of one’s health. Though they are made naturally in the body and are also in raw foods, retailers should stress to shoppers that supplemental enzymes are important, too. The rationale for why is similar to that of taking a multivitamin: sometimes the enzymes that occur naturally in foods or in the body just aren’t enough.