- Skyherb Is Seeking A Seat at APHA Trustees to Represent Chinese Manufacturers
- March 5, 2015 Skyherb presented itself at AHPA's annual member meeting in Anaheim to seek a seat at AHPA Board of Trustees. It is Skyherb’s debut as an Active Member in good standing on such occasion. Skyherb’s overseas manager attended the meeting in person and solicit vote. Committed to promoting quality Chinese herbal extracts to the American herbal community, Skyherb is willing to work on a stronger collaborative relationship by shouldering more responsibilities
- R&D Takes on Pesticide Residue in Ginseng Extract
- As a widely–used health ingredient, Panax ginseng is used for improving thinking, concentration, memory and work efficiency, physical stamina, and athletic endurance. Globally, China is the largest exporter of Asian ginseng extract. Pesticide is commonly used in the ginseng plantations in North China, therefore the pesticide residue has become a major obstacle for US customers when importing the material from China, due to the strict regulations FDA imposes. Skyherb has been working with Zhejiang Institute for Food and Drug Control (ZIFDC) for over 2 years to launch a ginseng extract with low pesticide residue, in compliance with FDA requirement. The new ginseng extract has already been officially introduced to US market.
- QS Ingredients Pave the Way Into Chinese Market
- QS certification is a Chinese quality and safety system for food, beverages and other products. Introduced in 2003, it is managed by the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine(AQSIQ). The license is required for many product categories if they are both manufactured and sold in China.
Since its first QS product in 2011, Skyherb has gained QS certification for over 60 plant extracts, including some of the popular ingredients like Green Tea Extract, Green Coffee Bean Extract, Ginseng Extract, Grape Seed Extract, Acerola Cherry Extract, Soybean Extract, and Goji Extract. After several major localization projects with its overseas customers, Skyherb has gained significant experience in introducing foreign health food and conventional food into China.
The blossom of the dietary supplement market is inextricably linked with the population and economic growth and policy change in China. With a large population, even only 20% of them take the dietary supplement, the total number can match that of US. The increase of aging population will furthermore contribute to the dietary supplement market. In addition, with the economic development, the total health care expense and its GDP percentage increase as well. Consumers become willing to buy dietary supplement as living standards rose. Along with this is the sales of Health Food changed from the licesing approval to non-licensing approval in Feb. 2014. In Jun. 2014, the Food Safety Law of the People's Republic of China (Revised Draft) was published. Now this law is soliciting public opinion, and the final draft has not been decided. But what is predicable is that China's dietary supplement market will become more open for foreign investors in future. If the Health Food approval certification is no longer required, the QS certification becomes the only key certification for the dietary supplements be produced and sold in the Chinese market, based on the Article 29, Food Safety Law.
- Red Flag Raised for The Authenticity of Grape Seed Extract
- As a popular health ingredient, grape seed extract contains a high level of proanthocyanidins (PACs). Apart from grape seed, PACs are also present in a wide range of food sources, including peanuts, pine barks, hazelnuts, cinnamon, whole cranberries and apples. Because of similar PACs break down to grape seed, cheaper sources like peanut become a potential substitute for PAC extraction. It is well known that peanut is a very dangerous potential allergen. Up to now, however, there are no standardized criteria for the quality of grape seed extract, which arising a serious concern of the commercial grape seed supplement composition.
- Organic Extract Introduced at SupplySide West 2014
- Las Vegas, USA - The newly-introduced organic line includes grape seed extract, green tea extract and green coffee extract, which are already well known in the dietary supplement market. As one of the very few organic ingredient suppliers in China, Skyherb is now able to offer 14 different kinds of organic herbal extracts. Organic product is produced in a way that complies with organic standards set by national governments and international organizations. Organic production is a heavily regulated industry, distinct from private gardening.
- Energy Ingredients Featured at Food Ingredients Saia
- Jakarta, Indonesia - According to customers’ requirements, the ingredients of Skyherb such as ginseng extract, rhodiola rosea extract, green coffee bean extract and green tea extract showed a large market potential in Jakarta. These all belong to the energy ingredient. The city for the exhibition is the center of ASEAM. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has a population of approximately 600 million people, which is 8.8% of the world's population, and most of them are young people. They make the area of ASEAM developing fast and the demand of the energy ingredients increasing.
- FDA issues consumer update on undeclared allergens
- Silver Spring, USA - In a latest consumer update, FDA warns that allergens not listed on the label, referred to as "undeclared allergens," are the leading cause of food recalls. A food product with undeclared allergens is misbranded and can be seized by FDA, but firms generally issue a voluntary recall. FDA is working to reduce these recalls by researching the causes of these errors; working with industry on best practices; and developing new ways to test for the presence of allergens. FDA notes that the five food types most often involved in food allergen recalls were bakery products; snack foods; candy; dairy products and dressings. Recall data show that the use of the wrong label is the most common cause of undeclared allergens and FDA is promoting improved industry awareness and simple changes in the way packages, labels and ingredients are handled and tracked within production facilities to reduce these errors.
- Sponsored by Skyherb, Alkemist proposed HPTLC method to detect grape seed extract adulteration.
- Las Vegas, USA - Alkemist officially introduced its HPTLC method, which was co-developed with Skyherb, at AHPA’s Botanical Congress during Supplyside West. A simultaneous and rapid high performance thin layer chromatographic method was validated for identification of Peanut Skin adulteration in Grape Seed from plant sample and commercially available dietary supplements. The HPTLC method allowed for the differentiation of Grape Seed and Peanut Skin as raw materials, extracts and finished products. The qualitative method was validated for specificity, repeatability, intermediate precision, limit of detection and robustness. The method was found to be simple, precise and specific for the identification of Grape Seed and its’ adulteration with Peanut Skin.
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