Hoboken, NJ—A recent study published in Panminerva Medica indicates that Pycnogenol (distributed in the U.S. by Horphag Research, based here) may help control asthma symptoms. Pycnogenol is a natural plant extract that comes from the bark of French Maritime pine trees. The extract’s combination of procyanidins, bioflavanoids and organic acids has been studied for years in promoting healthy inflammation, but now researchers from the University in Pescara, Italy believe it may have other benefits, too.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is the federal regulatory agency with the primary responsibility of enforcing the statutes and regulations governing the manufacturing, packing, labeling and distribution of products in the food, beverage, dietary supplement and cosmetics industries. Whether it is conducting inspections to ascertain compliance with the Current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMPs), reviewing labeling or striving to ensure the safety of products, the FDA looms as an ever-present monitor of companies in the aforementioned industries.

News and notes from industry suppliers.

Washington, D.C—The biennial registration renewal requirement for food facilities is now underway (which began at 12:01AM on October 22, 2012). Under the Food Safety Modernization Act registration requirements, renewals will take place between October 1 and December 1 of even years.

Parents looking to support their children’s performance in schools may want to consider a new study from the University of Oxford documenting the benefits of algal DHA (life’sDHA from DSM Nutritional Lipids).

Las Vegas, NV—Industry suppliers will again gather in Las Vegas to learn about the latest in natural product ingredients and raw materials. Taking place November 5–9 at the Venetian & Sands Expo, SupplySide West again offers a blend of educational and networking events.

Irvine, CA—New research conducted at the University of Mississippi Medical Center suggests that pterostilbene could be of benefit for adults who need blood pressure support.

Rockville, MD—In response to a 2009 petition submitted by Lallemand, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced that it will revise its food additive regulations to allow bakers yeast to be a source of vitamin D2 in baked goods, at levels not exceeding 400 IUs per 100 grams. Previously, it was only permitted to be used as a leavening agent.

Ganeden Biotech distributes a patented probiotic-derived cosmeceutical ingredient called Bonicel. The ingredient is said to improve skin hydration, elasticity, under-eye puffiness and decrease fine lines and wrinkles.