In February of this year, the Natural Products Association launched the Natural Home Care Standard and Certification program with the intent of giving its stamp of approval to natural cleaning products that adhered to certain strict standards.

Kailua-Kona, HI—The September issue of Nutra Foods published a lengthy article about the various health benefits of spirulina microalgae.

Oslo, Norway—Krill oil has received a lot of attention lately as another way to boost one’s DHA/EPA intake. Now, industry has additional data to draw on about the benefits of krill oil for joint health.

Kaiseraugst, SwitzerlandNutrition, Metabolism & Cardiovascular Diseases printed what is being called the first published human study that shows resveratrol supplementation offers the heart health benefits of the French Paradox.

News and notes from industry suppliers.

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Watsonville, CA—A recent study published in PLoS One shows that organic strawberries have more antioxidants and vitamin C than their non-organic counterparts.

The Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) opened its 33rd session on Monday, July 5, at the Centre International de Conferences in Geneva, with a full agenda of food-standard topics to be discussed.

Over the past year, omegas made headlines for a lot of good reasons, but there was some bad press, too. First, a California lawsuit called into question whether fish oil contained levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in excess of a “safe harbor” limit set by Proposition 65 legislation. Industry associations and companies involved in the case issued statements confirming that fish oil products are safe and within the federal PCB limits.

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A recent study published in Maturitas science journal indicates that aged garlic extract lowers blood pressure in patients with treated, but uncontrolled, hypertension.