One of the fastest growing product categories in the food industry is the “nutraceuticals” or “functional foods” market.
Doug Willrett of Rhodia Food discusses the growing trend toward developing antimicrobial ingredients for the food industry.
The ingredient supplier of choice must meet several criteria as dictated by the product development, quality assurance, manufacturing, sales and marketing departments.
When it comes to food, there is limited regulation, control or intervention unless there is a problem or failure in the supply chain.
There are numerous techniques available to screen materials for the presence of extraneous matter.
Dietary supplements are considered foods, although there are regulations that are unique and specific to dietary supplements.
Mandatory testing to public standards is part of the solution for ingredient safety, but there are other risk-reduction strategies as well.
A quality botanical ingredient is one that uses the correct plant species and plant part, is unadulterated and safe for human consumption.