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Supporting the needs of people and planet through the power of nutrition: Q&A with DSM’s Eric Choban

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: As an end-to-end partner in the dietary supplements industry, DSM truly champions the power of nutrition in creating brighter lives for all. We speak with Eric Choban, who was recently appointed DSM’s Regional Vice President for Health Nutrition & Care North America, to get his take on the latest consumer trends and explore how DSM is helping brands and producers bring innovative, purpose-led products to market with speed and agility.

Companies call on Congress to intervene on rail strike / Regulatory education opportunities with dicentra / Mister talks legislative possibilities

Joining more than 400 organizations, CRN signed on to a U.S. Chamber of Commerce letter calling on Congress to “take immediate steps to prevent a national rail strike." Get updated on regulatory classifications with CRN associate member dicentra’s Senior Regulatory Specialist, Nikky Young Devastey. Plus, CRN President and CEO Steve Mister spoke with NutraIngredients-USA’s Hank Schultz about legislative possibilities—including the advancement of mandatory product listing (MPL)—before the end of the year.

On site at Codex / Holiday hiatus and a helping hand to #Act4Access / Congrats to USANA

Representing CRN as an NGO, Jim Griffiths, Ph.D., is participating in the 45th Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC45) this week in Rome. Inspired by CRN members who answered the call to #Act4Access during the Chairman’s Challenge this summer and beyond, CRN President & CEO Steve Mister yesterday participated in the Poor Robert’s Mission Thanksgiving Drive. Plus, the Utah Manufacturers Association recently named CRN member USANA as the state’s top manufacturer this year.

Shareable content for 'Vitamin D Day' / New science on probiotics and gut health / CRN signals support for INFORM Consumers Act

World Vitamin D Day is tomorrow, as recognized by The VitaminD Society, and there’s a lot to share about this essential nutrient—tomorrow and beyond. CRN member BIO-CAT Microbials recently published a paper on their new OPTIBIOME™ probiotic strain, Bacillus subtilis BS50. Plus, CRN signaled support for the inclusion of the INFORM Consumers Act in the Senate version of the FY 2023 National Defense Authorization Act.

Ritz urges member engagement / Precision nutrition webinar next week / Gottlieb, McClellan call for MPL inclusion in funding package

CRN Board of Directors Chair Barry Ritz, Ph.D., of Nestlé Health Science spoke to some big wins for the association during his Chairman's Address last week at Now, New, Next in Phoenix. CRN is hosting a webinar, “Precision Nutrition: The Next Frontier,” on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 1–3 pm Eastern. Plus, two former FDA commissioners called for inclusion of mandatory product listing (MPL) for dietary supplements in Congress’s end-of-year funding package in JAMA Health Forum last week.

Science in Session convenes 'change makers' / Fighting food insecurity and its harsh health impacts / Upcoming World Osteoporosis Day opportunity to spotlight value of supplements

Dr. Nkrumah-Elie joined CRN Senior Scientific Advisory Council Chair Susan Mitmesser, Ph.D., vice president, Science & Technology, Pharmavite, in kicking off Science in Session. New research published in JAMA Cardiology, Food Insecurity Among Individuals With Cardiovascular Disease and Cardiometabolic Risk Factors Across Race and Ethnicity in 1999–2018, found that food insecurity increased many aspects of cardiovascular disease. Plus, world Osteoporosis Day is Oct. 20 and the CRN Foundation is highlighting new data from its “Supplements to Savings” report on how supplementation with calcium and vitamin D can improve quality of life and reduce health care costs associated with osteoporotic fractures.

Hispanic-American scientist appreciation / Study demonstrates benefit of early calcium supplementation / CRN Calendar

CRN spotlights the contributions of Hispanic-American scientist Ynés Mexía (1870–1938) in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. Increasing calcium intake earlier in life may protect against osteoporosis later in life, a new review found. Plus, see what's ahead at CRN.

FDA content on supplements biased, CRN says / NSF certification and insurance savings / Book now to ensure your spot at CRN's October events

Pushing back on a lack of balance and overemphasis of potential risk, CRN last week wrote to FDA identifying concerns with the agency’s “Supplement Your Knowledge” educational content released earlier this year. NSF 455-2 certification can save your company from costly regulatory and compliance oversights. Plus, now is the time to finalize your plans to attend CRN’s 2022 events, Science in Session, Oct. 11, and Now, New, Next, Oct, 12–14.

Focus on benefits, social mission attracts younger supplement users / KP offers new packaging, ideal for gummy formats / Ongoing D-fense of an essential nutrient

Explore how to sell health and wellness when consumers are sick and tired of hearing about it. Advancements in blister films need to keep pace in manufacturing functionality and consumer experience. Plus, CRN’s response to recently published studies on vitamin D and COVID-19 and an accompanying editorial in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) translated the science into actionable information for consumers.

BMJ vitamin D studies 'not the last word' / Now, New, Next agenda updates / Clips of note and member quotes

CRN responded to early reporting on two new British Medical Journal (BMJ) studies and an accompanying editorial. Be the first to see topline results from the 2022 CRN Consumer Survey on Dietary Supplements and other new developments on the agenda for CRN’s Now, New, Next, taking place Oct. 12–14. Recently spotlighted in Nutrition Industry Executive, Jim Hyde, senior vice president and general manager at Balchem Human Nutrition & Health, discussed Balchem being named to Newsweek’s 2022 list of America’s Most Responsible Companies and the company’s work supporting local communities. Plus, see what's ahead at CRN.