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The Magic of Minerals
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HPA HEADLINES #39
             March 2017

THE MAGIC OF MINERALS

Minerals are inorganic substances that originate in the earth. These micronutrients are absorbed from the soil by plants, and people assimilate their benefits either directly by eating vegetables and fruit, or indirectly by consuming animal products. As the human body cannot manufacture minerals, they must be derived from food or supplements.

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LEGISLATION


NEW DRAFT REGULATIONS PUBLISHED; CALL-UP NOTICE FOR CAMS RESCINDED

On 27 January 2017 the South African Department of Health (DoH) published the new South African Health Products Authority (SAHPRA) draft regulations. “At this moment the regulations are still very fresh, but we welcome the department’s openness to comments by allowing industry a three-month comment period,” says HPA Director of Scientific & Regulatory Affairs, Wayne Robinson. “The HPA Scientific & Regulatory Committee is still reviewing these draft regulations to prepare a comment within the given period.”
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INDUSTRY TRENDS


FOOD AND SUPPLEMENT INDUSTRIES CAN PLAY A VITAL ROLE IN SAVING THE EARTH.

In an online article published by the New Hope Network, Nutiva CEO John Roulac emphasises that the natural products industry must play a part in saving the Earth. “Improving the health of our soils and oceans is now a matter of life and death”, he writes. “Many consumers are now seeing the link - connecting the damage done by industrial meat and dairy to soils, and how that impacts on our climate. This provides an opportunity for brands practising regenerative agriculture.”
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WHAT’S ON


HPA WORKSHOP: A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO GMP FOR CAMS AND AN INSIGHT INTO STABILITY

The HPA is to host a valuable workshop to assist industry stakeholders in understanding the GMP procedures required for CAMS, focusing on Requirements and Stability related to herbals and other complementary ingredients and products. The workshops will take place in Johannesburg on 23 March and Cape Town on 6 April.
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INTERNATIONAL


SUPPLEMENTS COULD SAVE SWEDISH HEALTHCARE MILLIONS

The value of dietary supplements in health maintenance, disease prevention and helping to decrease healthcare costs is gaining increasing recognition. According to a new study conducted by Frost & Sullivan, Swedish health services could save 850 million Swedish Kronor per year if people over 55 with osteoporosis started taking supplements containing 1000mg calcium and 15mcg D-vitamins.
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INDIGENOUS CORNER


STRESS-BUSTING SCELETIUM

Sceletium tortuosum, an indigenous South African succulent plant also known as kougoed or kanna, has been used as a medicine by the Bushmen and Khoikhoi people for hundreds of years. This impressive plant has now gained international recognition for its ability to assist in alleviating stress, tension, anxiety, depression and addiction.
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HELPFUL HINTS


CRN’S SUPPLEMENTS ONLINE PRODUCT REGISTRY TAKES OFF

The vast range of dietary supplements on the market can be confusing to consumers. CRN has come to the rescue in the US by publishing an online products registry. The Supplement OWL (Online Wellness Library) - the dietary supplement product registry - is an industry-wide, self-regulatory initiative that will help create a rich and more complete picture of the marketplace for regulators, retailers, industry and ultimately, consumers. It will serve as a resource to examine, evaluate and compare product labels.
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