Health on the menu at Nature’s Goodness in Welland

Who has spent three years preparing to head out on her own after a career working in the health food industry.

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Health-conscious individuals may want to take a trip down West Main Street.

Nature’s Goodness Health Foods and Wellness opened this week at 98 West Main St., kicking off seven days of prize giveaway running until Saturday as part of the store’s grand opening. Establishing a shop of her own — specializing in a full range of vitamins, supplements, essential oils, organic foods and more — has long been the dream of owner Sarina Giansante, who has spent three years preparing to head out on her own after a career working in the health food industry.

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“I thought I would finally give it a shot,” said Giansante, who is paring the products offered on her shelves, ranging from organic and natural beauty and bath products to dietary supplements, with in-house organic tea and coffee products. She has set up a seating area, replete with Himalayan salts to provide guests a relaxing environment to enjoy their beverages, such as organic cappuccinos, and as she moves forward, organic food offerings.

The field is a passion for the certified biofeedback technician, who aims to find natural remedies for ailments that might otherwise require medication.

Facts that Everyone Should Know About Fda Regulation

Many cultures outside the US use these for recreational purpose with the approval of society and governments, with there being nothing illegal about them.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is the US’ regulatory agency for a variety of products that concern the health of their consumers. The FDA regulates everything concerning food, medicine, medical devices, veterinary products and cosmetics, as well as products that emit radiation. In addition to directly regulating all these through its set of regulations, the FDA also encourages innovation in the products and processes of products in these areas.

For the average American consumer, the FDA is a protective agency that ensures that the foods and medicines consumed by Americans is of world class standards of quality and hygiene. It is also perceived as the agency that stalls bioterrorism by ensuring strict vigilance over this nefarious activity. All these make the FDA a source of comfort for many consumers in the US. After all, when Europe was shaken by the thalidomide scandal of the 1960’s, the FDA, under the stewardship of Frances Oldham Kelsey, showed exemplary alertness and diligence by not allowing it to be sold in the US because it failed to convince this woman of the extent of its standards into this product. The result: prevention of birth defects in potentially thousands or even hundreds of thousands of children, a malady that affected an entire generation in Europe.

To the manufacturers of the products that the FDA regulates, however, it is a stringent regulatory body that is highly adamantine in its approach and is unsparing of anyone. It is often seen as an arm chair critic who doesn’t have to get to the thick of action and just sits on a high pedestal, dictating terms without allowing for the slightest latitude in its strict regulatory requirements.

What is the truth about the FDA? Well, somewhere between.  Let us get down to understanding a few facts about the FDA which will help us understand why it is so stern in setting out standards for regulations and implementing them.

It only does its duty as a health watchdog

The FDA’s primary goal is to ensure public health and to foster innovation and cost-effectiveness in the production of health products. It leaves no stone unturned in its quest to ensure this. This is why, many times, it gets down to hairsplitting details about the processes or composition of many products. It is also not easily convinced about the processes and methods adapted by companies, which is why it has its set of standards that are common to everyone in the respective industry.

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Only companies that strictly adhere to the requirements can expect to have their products approved for marketing. When companies fail to meet the requirements of the FDA, they have to carry out a series of often painful and tedious corrective measures. If organizations fail to do this to the FDA’s satisfaction, they can face strict consequences. Many organizations have been penalized to an extent where it has impacted the business. Companies having to shut down their business also has not been unheard of.

Other facts everyone should know about FDA regulation

If all these are an overview of the functioning of the FDA, then, there are many other facts everyone should know about FDA regulation. Let us start with a bit of history to understand how regulation is inbuilt into the FDA:

Although created in 1906, it gained more legislative teeth with the passage of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act of 1938. This legislation came into being after a tonic, although legally marketed, killed over a hundred people, including many children. This was when the FDA’s system underwent an overhaul with added emphasis on regulation.

Among the other facts everyone should know about FDA regulation, there is the financial aspect of the FDA: With a budgetary allocation of well over $ five billion a year, the FDA has oversight of the consumption by the general American public of medical products, food and tobacco, whose value runs to over $2.5 trillion.

Some of the other facts everyone should know about FDA regulation

Now, some of the other facts everyone should know about FDA regulation:

  • With the exception of some items such as meat, poultry and a few egg products, the FDA directly regulates nearly three fourths of the U.S. food supply
  • The FDA approves close to 20,000 different varieties of prescription drug products for The number is over a third of that, more than 6,000, for medical device product categories. When it comes to animal drug products, the FDA has a hand in the approval of around 1600 varieties. With relation to biological products, the number is around 340
  • Products whose worth adds to about a fifth of all the money Americans spend are regulated by the FDA
  • Although the FDA oversees more than a humungous number of tobacco products-85,000; e-liquids are not included in this list
  • The FDA attaches extreme importance to labeling of medical and other products it regulates. The labeling requirements are very strict and companies that make false claims are hauled up seriously and heavy penalties are slapped on them. Yet, it is estimated that there is a margin of error of as much as 20 percent when it comes to nutritional facts provided on labels.

The FDA and the touchy area of food supplements

The FDA does not regulate food supplements. This is among the facts everyone should know about FDA regulation. It is because of the subjective nature of many food supplements. Many supplements sold in the US and consumed by Americans as food supplements could be put to different uses in the country of their origin. Mood altering drugs are a prime example. Many cultures outside the US use these for recreational purpose with the approval of society and governments, with there being nothing illegal about them.

However, the FDA’s stringent approval process could prevent some products from being labelled purely as drugs because of the effect on the human mind or body and because of the process employed in their production. The FDA has no say in the way these products are prepared, which is another reason for which the FDA may not regulate food products.

The matter with food supplements is that consumers can use them at their own risk. The FDA does not take responsibility for the safety of these products and leave it to the consumer. It is left to the individual consumer. If she has a high comfort level in using these, it is left to the user.

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https://www.stuffyoushouldknow.com/podcasts/why-doesnt-the-fda-regulate-herbal-supplements-transcript.htm

You Will Never Believe These Bizarre Truth Behind Food And Beverages

Further, out of these, nearly 20 million, one in 16 Americans, visit a full-service restaurant on any given day.

The food and beverages industry, a global one, is an interesting bag of surprising and often contradicting facts. The food and beverages industry is a really global one, meaning there is almost no place on this planet that this industry does not cover. You are as likely to find a food joint in Mongolia as you are in Mozambique. The reason is simple: we can live without many things, but not without food. Any surprise that this industry is a giant, valued at a few trillion dollars globally?

The food and beverages industry in the US is characterized by several interesting facts. Many of these could be in the positive and some, in the negative. Whether it is about the positive or the negative factors one is talking about, there is no doubt about one thing, which is that the food and beverages industry is one filled with very interesting facts. Let us take a look at some of these:

One in seven Americans eats fast food everyday

It is estimated that as many as 50 million Americans consume fast food every single day, without a weekend or a vacation! This is more than the population of many countries. The most important reason for this is the quickness and convenience associated with fast food. Further, out of these, nearly 20 million, one in 16 Americans, visit a full-service restaurant on any given day. Yet, surprisingly, this is the same percentage of Americans who have been eating outside for the past 15 years!

Millions of children eat fast food in the US

As many as a third of the children aged between two and nine years eat fast food daily in the US. The media could be playing a part in this because it is estimated that on average, the American child is exposed to three to five ads for fast foods every single day. This rate of consumption is cause for some worry for policy makers and health experts, although one silver lining could be that children are more aware of the importance of eating clean food.

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American cuisine is still the top hit

Among the millions of Americans who make up the market for the food and beverage industry, four fifths of all food consumed in hotels in the US is American. While the cuisines of most other countries are still popular, this figure points to the overwhelming preference for American food by those who eat outside. Want to know which the least preferred cuisine is? It is Scandinavian and Nordic food, which is consumed by only two percent of those eating outside. Adding to the interesting facts about the food and beverages industry is the point that a high proportion of Americans like their food to contain local, fresh ingredients and flavors.

Americans eat the most outside during warm weather

Call it a case of sunny binge or the lethargy of getting out of home during the cold seasons; it is a fact that Americans eat more outside during the warm seasons.

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The fast food industry is highly concentrated

While there are hundreds of players in the fast food industry, an interesting fact about the food and beverages industry is that almost all the food consumed by the Americans is sold by only a handful of companies such as PepsiCo, Kellogg and General Mills and a handful others.

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Information about the food is an important factor

Another of the interesting facts about the food and beverages industry is that for Americans who eat outside, information about the food’s nutritional content is a major factor when it comes to eating outside. This is followed by how many options the restaurant offers for low calorie foods.

Want to recommend a restaurant to a friend? Think again!

Surprising as it may sound, one of the truly interesting facts about the food and beverages industry is that a friend’s recommendation or online suggestions are the least important factors that motivate people to go out and dine at restaurants. The top factors are still the quality of food, followed by the time taken to travel to the restaurant and the quality of service.

Move towards cleaner food

The move towards cleaner food by the industry as a whole is one of the other interesting facts about the food and beverages industry. With children themselves becoming aware of the need for cleaner food, as we just saw, does it surprise that chains such as McDonalds are making conscious efforts towards preparing and selling cleaner food?

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Nutritional labels can be deceptive

Facts about nutrition that are ubiquitous on food labels are misleading. They are almost never 100% truthful. While the facts relating to the percentage of the ingredients may not be fully wrong, the claimed benefits can be off target. Isn’t is one of the interesting facts about the food and beverages industry that in this information-driven society, there is still a lot of scope for manipulation?

Now, the most unpleasant interesting fact about the food and beverage industry…

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America leads in food waste

Whether it is at homes or in restaurants, especially in the latter, the proportion of food that is wasted is extremely high. As much as two fifths of all the food eaten in restaurants ends up in the waste baskets. One of the main reasons for this factor is that what is left behind in the plates is insufficient to make a full meal of, as a result of which it finds its way to the bin. When the food wasted in transport and while being cooked is accounted for, this amounts to an average of $2,000 being spent on just wasting food by every American during a year.

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This gives North America the dubious distinction of being the top waster of food anywhere in the world. This region wastes around 95-110 kilos of food per person per year, which places it several notches ahead of the region at the other end of the list: sub-Saharan Africa, which wastes around six to seven percent of this ratio. This wasted food can have extremely serious consequences for the rest of the world. While being responsible for a carbon footprint of about three gigatons, this wasted food also consumes as much as 28% of the world’s agricultural area!

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Facts about the (food and beverage) industry that could [surprise] you

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Like any other industry, the food and beverage industry too, is unique in its own way, carrying its own set of characteristics. It is a curious mix of the big and the small, not only in terms of the size of companies in it, but also the reach of these companies.

In a sense, the food and beverage industry is a global one, if only because almost no part of the world is excluded from it. It can be said to global from another perspective: Many players in the food and beverage industry are real global giants with footprints in almost every continent. Think of Coca Cola, McDonalds, Subway, Baskin Robbins and many other such brands that cater to global palates. Yet, it is fragmented too, i.e., many food supply chains cater to small regional or domestic markets. Across the globe, there are literally hundreds of such brands whose reach is limited to a localized area.

The food and beverage industry is a heterogeneous market with an awesome variety of the food that is produced, distributed and consumed in various parts of the world. Another characteristic of the food and beverage industry is that it is one of the industries most profoundly affected by changes brought about by globalization and technological advances. All the services from this we receive sitting in the comfort of our homes is the result of these developments.

Some facts and trends of the food and beverage industry that could surprise you

Make no mistake: The F and B industry is colossal, to put it mildly. Its 2017 size was estimated at $5.6 trillion globally with an impressive CAGR of over 10 percent. The size of the US market alone is estimated at some $700 billion. The F and B industry is served by a huge variety of establishments that deal with food, beverages, tobacco products and pet food. Being an industry of this size, it is natural that the food and beverage industry has its own facts, trends and trivia. Let us look at some of the facts and trends of the food and beverage industry that could surprise you:

The industry is gearing up for the Millennials

Ah, the millennials…they seem to be everywhere. From the colleges and schools that teach them to the companies that hire them, a whole set of industries seems to be getting built around them. The food and beverage industry has not been insulated from the influence of this generation. Expecting this generation to make a huge chunk of its future market, the food and beverage industry is gearing up to this generation’s tastes and preferences. It has been making plans to alter the tastes, packages and many modes of production to suit this generation’s tastes. For example, they are more conscious of food facts and are likely to prefer freshly packed foods.

Gluten is the new cholesterol

What cholesterol was made out to be a decade back-the vilest ingredient on this planet-is now making way for gluten. Most foods are gluten free and consumers strongly insist on this requirement. Whether gluten too will go the way of cholesterol and go back to the good books of food experts in the years to come remains to be seen, but as of now, it is something of a nasty villain.

The itch for organic food

If gluten is despised, organic food is the new blue-eyed boy of the F and B industry. In not just the westernized economies of the US, EU and Japan and others; organic food is making inroads into urban pockets of places like India, China, and many other markets.

The food and beverage industry may be fragmented, but it is not unprofessional

The first impression most people get when they hear of an industry that is fragmented is that it should be unorganized or unprofessional or both. Nothing is farther to the truth than this assessment when it comes to the food and beverage industry. It may be unorganized in a sense, when one considers that not at all employers guarantee working conditions and benefits, but the industry is not without its hordes of professionals who are from highly regarded universities. Many prestigious universities and institutions offer fulltime, regular courses in food and beverages.

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How Compliance Education Is Going to Change Your Business Strategies?

This is why it is important and often, necessary for them to get compliance education.

Regulatory compliance is something organizations in most industries have to deal with. Almost every industry has its own set of regulations that are framed by the respective regulatory bodies. In niche areas such as medical devices, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, finance, aerospace, information technology and such others, the FDA has a very detailed set of regulations.

The aim of these regulations is to ensure that the quality of products and services offered by the industry is up to set standards. These standards are made with the intention of ensuring the quality of products and services, right from their earliest stages till the time they get consumed. The regulations also cover the processes employed to produce these products or services.

Given the intense, stringent and comprehensive nature of these regulations; it is not often possible for individuals working in the regulated industries to get a complete idea of how to implement them. This is why it is important and often, necessary for them to get compliance education.

Compliance education or compliance trainings may not always be mandatory for all regulations, but its implementation is. And, it is quite possible for organizations to stay compliant even without getting trained unless the regulations state so; yet, getting trained makes unquantifiable difference to the organization. These trainings have the potential to make such an enormous difference that organizations that choose not to offer compliance training to their employees could be lagging behind their competition.

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Let us examine how compliance education is going to change your business strategy:

Ensures that the organization meets the regulatory expectations

Complying with regulations demonstrates that the organization is meeting the legal expectations set out by the regulatory authorities. Compliance education is the surest and most foolproof method for ensuring that this is happening, because compliance education is what provides focus and direction in fully understanding the nature and meaning and interpretation of these regulations.

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The Role of Technology in the Medical Devices Industry

which new technologies have the potential to impact medical devices in a big way?

With almost everything under the sun being touched in one or another way by technology; medical devices are not exempt from this influence. Technology and medical devices have always had a strong bond with each other. Newer technologies that have sprung up over the past few years have accentuated their already strong linkage. So, which new technologies have the potential to impact medical devices in a big way? There are many, but let us consider these among them:

Artificial Intelligence: Undoubtedly, the real shaker for the medical devices industry is AI. AI has been around for a while now, but with the major impetus it received with the advent of the cloud, which makes its monstrous amounts of data manageable, AI’s prowess seems more capable of actualizing. Take IBM Watson for instance. It is being seen as a technology that can alter the landscape of the healthcare industry. Its uses in the medical devices industry too may become more prominent in the years to come.

IoT: The Internet of Things is another phenomenon that could impact medical devices strongly. The day is not far off where we will be able to get IoT to carry out all the manual tasks of the industry today. The most crucial element it could introduce into the industry is likely to be connectivity. Connectivity of medical devices could alter the game for the medical devices industry.

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Facts About Compliance Courses

What is compliance? We all know the commonly used meaning of the term. One of the meanings The Oxford Online Dictionary has for compliance is its being “(t) he state or fact of according with or meeting rules or standards”. So, in the context of the regulated industries, compliance is being in a state of acquiescence or agreement with the regulatory requirements. The rules or requirements are set out by the regulatory authorities such as the US FDA or the European Union’s European Medicines Agency (EMA), or The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) of the UK, or The Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA) of Japan, or any other around the world.

The regulations these regulatory agencies set are aimed at ensuring compliance with standards. Of course, it goes without saying that these standards are aimed at ensuring quality and safety of drugs and other health-related products such as medical devices, food, medicines, life sciences and pharmaceutical products. It is to be in compliance with the regulations set out by these agencies that organizations that come under these regulatory bodies spend a fortune.

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Why? Simple:

– Being in compliance ensures that their products are approved for release into the market, failing which all that they spend on producing the product goes down the drain;

– Lack of compliance results not only in hefty penalties and fines and other punishments which could go all the way to imprisonment; it could also result in earning a bad reputation, the quickest means to get out of business.

Compliance requirements, expectedly, are very stringent. This is very natural, considering the nature of the products that are regulated. No regulatory agency likes to take chances with the health of the people. One spurious drug in a lot of thousands could be enough to cause damage to the consumer. So, regulating these products is as onerous as ensuring the security of every individual in a nation or society.

Compliance requirements are couched in very formal and often incomprehensible language. Since the industries are highly specialized, it is impossible for the regulatory agencies to avoid jargon or legalese. It is to help understand the nuances of these regulations that organizations need the services of compliance professionals. These professionals are specialized in the particular and exact nature of these regulations and do what is required to ensure compliance.

Despite the existence of these compliance officers, many organizations could still need understanding of the regulations. This could sometimes be because of the frequency of the regulatory updates or the urgency in meeting their requirements. Or, these could be beyond the resources the organization can allocate or afford for meeting compliance requirements. Further, the nature of some regulations could be such that even experienced compliance officers may need clarity. On such occasions, organizations need the services of compliance trainings.

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