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Many people in the food industry will remember the many food safety issues that came up in the late 1990s. One of the very positive results of this was the creation of partnerships between large retailers and the manufacturers that supply them to develop a global food safety standard. The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) …

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Langenfeld, Germany, July 14, 2016 Vital Solutions GmbH, Germany, a specialist in natural product development, sales and marketing, and RFI Ingredients, Blauvelt, NY, USA, developer and manufacturer of innovative custom-blended formulas and turnkey products for the nutritional, dietary supplement, functional food and beverage industries, have signed a strategic partnership. Within the new partnership, the companies …

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Re-building Consumer Trust in the Dietary Supplement Industry

As Warren Buffet said, “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it.”   Has negative press cast a shadow on the dietary supplement industry? Absolutely, and most of the recent industry conferences have placed a spotlight on this major issue. This past June, the NBJ (Nutrition Business Journal) Summit …

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Supply Chain Traceability at RFI

In a previous blog, we discussed the evolution occurring within the dietary supplement regulatory environment post-NY Attorney General. While the botanical identity testing methods used in the NY AG case are important to consider and discuss, these testing outcomes are not the end-all-be-all when it comes to quality assurance. We can all agree that reestablishing …

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In the wake of the NY AG’s 2015 case against four major retailers of botanical dietary supplements and the additional AG settlement that followed, there is a great deal of polarized discussion surrounding the regulatory state of the dietary supplement industry. Miss the stories? Catch up here and here. Many stakeholders believe that the best …

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Essentials of Food Product Safety

In a time when our industry is already in the crosshairs of regulators and the media, product safety and consumer protection should top the list of concerns for any brand. Most product defects are preventable, and with better quality practices the industry should be able to change the conversation. Safety may not “sell,” but product …

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RFI Enzyme Fermented GS15-4 Ginseng

Now that spring is on the way, health-focused customers will be looking for new products to help them achieve physical fitness goals, and ginseng is a natural choice! Panax ginseng is a powerful adaptogenic herb with a remarkable capacity to support the body in achieving natural homeostatic balance. It has been used for over 5000 …

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Fermentation is one of the oldest food processes known to man and perfectly represents the current “retrovolution” movement in nutrition, where consumers are looking back to ancient methods of processing and clean labels to support optimal health. Fermented foods and ingredients are being rediscovered by consumers worldwide as they move toward simpler, cleaner, whole foods …

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Just over one year ago, the NY Attorney General sent cease-and-desist letters to four major retailers: GNC, Target, Walgreens and Wal-Mart, after laboratory testing suggested that certain dietary supplements pulled from each of the retailers’ shelves contained little-to-none of the active botanical ingredient(s) listed on the product label. The products were considered adulterated or contaminated, …

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RFI - The Meaning of Natural is Changing

We ARE the Natural Product Industry! We are a passionate group of people who love what we do, and it is a very exciting time to be in business. However, the term “natural” is under fire, which means that our $150-billion-per-year industry may soon grapple with an identity crisis. What we can say about the …

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