Preparing for the New Nutrition Facts Panel Rules: 10 Tips for the Food Industry
Posted by Dan Berg, Food Scientist, Senior Client Program Development Manager
Most food manufacturers have less than 18 months to meet the FDA’s new rules regarding the revision of Nutrition and Supplement Facts Labels. At Covance, our food scientists have noticed that many manufacturers appreciate additional guidance on these amendments.
Based on commonly asked questions we’ve received in several key areas, we created this article to help educate manufacturers on how to meet the new regulations in the Nutrition Facts and Supplement Facts labels.
The adulteration of dietary supplements with synthetic phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) inhibitors can cause serious adverse health risks. Covance has introduced a new non-targeted analysis method using liquid chromatography-high resolution mass spectrometry (LC-HRMS) for screening and identification of known and novel PDE5 inhibitors in dietary ingredients and supplements, leading the industry and our clients to a new level of brand protection.
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Makers of dietary supplements are keeping a close eye on New York after several major retailers were recently accused of selling mislabeled store-branded herbal supplements.
The allegations came after testing initiated by the state’s Attorney General’s office found that supplements, such as ginseng and echinacea, apparently did not contain the labeled ingredients. Although dietary supplements do not have to be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) before being sold to consumers, they must be labeled correctly and safe for consumption. They also must, according to current good manufacturing practice, be tested using scientifically valid methods–in other words, “accurate, precise, and specific for its intended purpose.”1
Analytical test methods for vitamin testing in foods have been in existence for decades, including microbiological and high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) methods. While these methods are still considered the “gold standards” for vitamin testing, a new method, liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS), is emerging. LC-MS/MS can offer several advantages over the older methods, including greater sensitivity, precision, simplified sample prep, quantitative dynamic range, and most importantly multiplexing.
This new method is an important solution for our food manufacturer sponsors, as it provides you with faster and more reliable data, as well as potential cost savings if you need a full B-vitamin profile. Continue reading