Across the Nutra-verse: US contract manufacturer issues big recall, Kirin explores hops for brain health, and more

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© Getty Images / Burak Can Oztas
© Getty Images / Burak Can Oztas

Related tags: Hops, Brain health, Dietary supplements

A lot has happened in the global nutrition industry over the past seven days: Stay on top of things with our weekly round-up of key news from across the nutra-verse.

USA

Contract manufacturer issues huge recall covering years of products

A New York-based contract manufacturer, which does business under the names ABH Nature’s Products, Inc, ABH Pharma, Inc., and Stocknutra.com, Inc, has recalled hundreds of lines of products manufactured over a period of almost seven years in a consent decree it publicized recently.

In a release from the manufacturer associated with the consent decree, more than 1,200 individual products and client brand names were listed.  The recall consists of all of the products manufactured by the company in the period from January 2013 to November 2019.

The recall is pursuant to a permanent injunction issued by the court at the end of December.

Assistant Attorney General Jody Hunt of DOJ’s Department of Justice’s Civil Division said the permanent injunction, “[R]eflects the Department of Justice’s commitment to protect consumers from adulterated and misbranded dietary supplements. The Department of Justice will work with the FDA to ensure that dietary supplements are manufactured according to food safety laws and accurately describe their ingredients.”

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Europe-US

Evonik acquires US nutricosmetic company

Citing sustainability, Germany’s Evonik Industries announced the acquisition of Princeton, NJ-based Wilshire Technologies to add to its Care Solutions business line with a nutricosmetics component.

“With Wilshire’s unique products which replace animal origin ingredients and intermediates, we are moving another step forward with our development of a more diverse portfolio of sustainable active ingredients,”​ said Dr Tammo Boinowitz, head of the Care Solutions business line at Evonik.

Its acquisition will enable Evonik’s Care Solutions business to expand its product range into phytochemicals, such as plant derived cholesterol, as a replacement for animal originated ingredients in cosmetic active ingredients.

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Asia

Kirin hops on cognitive health ingredient potential

Hops © Getty Images BasieB
© Getty Images / BasieB

Japanese beverage giant Kirin is exploring potential new food and beverage products formulated with proprietary hop bitter acids, which are said to confer cognitive health benefits.

Working with Dentsu via a joint venture called INHOP Co, to tap on new scientific health evidence of Kirin’s mature hop bitter acids.

According to NutraIngredients-Asia​, research conducted by Kirin has found that matured hop bitter acids may have beneficial effects on cognitive function in humans, specifically improving memory recall.

In addition, data from a mouse study published in 2018 in Scientific Reports​ reported that matured hop bitter acids had some benefits on improving cognitive function.

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