CRN Daily Supplement

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FDA responds to CRN comments on educational content / Reflections from a CRN conference first-timer / Dr. Wong appointed to IOM Board of Regents

CRN staff met virtually with FDA officials last week following the agency’s receipt of written feedback on its “Supplement Your Knowledge” educational content, and other characterizations of dietary supplement on its website. First-time staff conference attendee, Mike Meirovitz, reflects on industry’s unique collaborative spirit. Plus, Institute for Organization Management, the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, has appointed CRN’s SVP Scientific & Regulatory Affairs, Andrea Wong, Ph.D., to the Northeast Institute Board of Regents.

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.

Data to drive health care policy upgrades / HR alert: Employer group health plans / ODS strategic plan should include industry collaboration

CRN recommended that ODS extend its efforts globally to help other governments establish similar entities in other countries in recently submitted comments on the office’s draft strategic plan for 2022–2026. Join CRN associate member HUB International on Sept. 20 at 9:30 am Eastern for a webinar providing much-needed guidance and revisiting compliance duties for employers. Plus, the role of preventive care in maintaining individual and overall health and wellness, as opposed to a continued reactive approach focused on single-event interventions is gaining traction, a new report from the CRN Foundation and Frost & Sullivan explains.

Supplements to Savings study 'wake up call' for policymakers / White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health update / And more

The CRN Foundation today released a new economic report, “Supplements to Savings: U.S. Health Care Cost Savings from the Targeted Use of Dietary Supplements, 2022–2030.” The Biden-Harris Administration will announce a national strategy that identifies actions the government will take to prompt the public and private sectors to take action where food, hunger, nutrition, and health intersect, at the upcoming White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health on Sep. 28, get involved. OmniActive is the latest CRN member inspiring others and ensuring access to good health and nutrition for all. Plus, join your industry colleagues Oct. 31–⁠⁠Nov. 2, in Las Vegas for the 25th anniversary of SupplySide West.