Rockville, MD—The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is working to erase false claims and mislabeling found on food packaging. The group started this appeal in late October 2009 when they announced they would be regulating the language on the fronts of food packages. 

Chapel Hill, NC—A study recently published by researchers at the University of North Carolina has found that children are snacking more frequently between meals. The study, conducted with data from over 31,000 children from two to 18 years old, reports that children in the United States are eating an average of three snacks a day, on top of their three regular meals. 

Cincinnati, OH—Research published in the March issue of British Journal of Nutrition indicates that Concord grape juice may help support healthy brain function in older adults. Data presented in a double-blind, placebo-controlled pilot investigation suggest such findings.

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Washington, D.C.—Results from an internal audit of the National Organic Program (NOP) call into question its productivity and operations. Since a prior audit in 2005, officials made improvements by implementing corrective actions for eight of the 10 recommendations by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG).

AgaveOhgave! brand agave nectar “takes agave to a whole new (lower) level,” says the company. Tested by the Glycemic Index Laboratory to have a low GI of 17, the Ohgave! Light and Amber blue agave varieties combine “culinary flair, superior taste and great health benefits.” New to the line is Ohgave! RAW agave nectar, which is said to have a great taste.

Emerald Forest Sugar, Inc. has switched the source of its xylitol-based products to U.S. domestic hardwood birch trees. Based on retailer and consumer requests, the company  made the switch to sustainable xylitol harvesting and manufacturing practices. Its products range from single-serve xylitol packets to xylitol gum and mints. Xylitol contains far fewer calories than sugar, for which it is an equal exchange substitute.

As additions to its Primo Thin line of pizzas, Palermo’s Pizza unveils two new products: Primo Thin Garden and Chicken Fajita. The Garden variety offers spicy, salad like toppings on a multi-grain crust and Chicken Fajita provides a zesty Southwest flavor. Primo Thin pizzas are designed to be nutritious and low in calories while retaining great taste.
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Two new Sunrise Cereals from Nature’s Path expand the line of whole-grain, gluten-free cereals. Crunchy Maple Sunrise and Crunchy Vanilla Sunrise are made from an organic blend of corn, rice, flax, quinoa, buckwheat and amaranth. For those who wish to avoid gluten in their diet, Sunrise Cereals provide a cereal alternative that also contains omega-3s.