Newsbriefs (September 2010)

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The Natural Institute of Health’s Office of Dietary Supplements published the Encyclopedia of Dietary Supplements, 2nd Edition. This text offers several new peer-reviewed chapters on herbs such as aloe vera, bilberry, bitter orange, black cohosh, kava and saw palmetto, according to the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA). Available information includes “the latest data, its chemistry and functions, pre-clinical and clinical literature, regulatory status and references to relevant literature,” says AHPA, who contributed to the encyclopedia. The text can be purchased through Informa Healthcare Books.

Los Angeles, CA-based Activate donated 25 cents from every bottle of its vitamin-enhanced water sold from July 21 to August 17 at Ralphs grocery stores in Southern California to Vitamin Angels.

In other news, Reserveage Organics of Gainesville, FL raffled off gift baskets at a wine-tasting fundraising event to benefit Vitamin Angels. The event was held at the Nutrition Business Journal Summit in July.

Shire Gate Farm, located in Owensville, MO, earned the Animal Welfare Approved seal. The 500-acre farm, which is owned by National Football League player Will Witherspoon, raises grass-fed White Park cattle.

Clifton Park, NY-based Nature’s Formulary LLC has converted 75% of its product line to either organic or wild-crafted
herbal ingredients. New packaging was also introduced that explains “Nature’s Formulary’s commitment to social responsibility through sustainable cultivation and best practices at all levels,” says P.K. Dave, the company’s CEO.

Reviva Labs of Haddonfield, NJ, co-sponsored a N.Y. Public Theater show to help raise funds for victims of the Chilean earthquake.

Sanford Rose Associates, based in Beachwood, OH, will now offer recruiting services for the natural products industry.

Simi Valley, CA-based derma e Natural Bodycare was featured on new program that aired on KTLA (Channel 5) in Los Angeles. A beauty expert talked about two of the firm’s products (AHA Alpha Hydroxy Acids Beauty Fluid and Microdermabrasion Scrub) in a segment on back acne.

The Natural Health Research Institute (NHRI) is holding its 5th Annual Scientific Symposium on November 18. This year’s two-session program will cover “Natural Products: Cost Effectiveness and Safety of Dietary Supplements.” The speakers will be Ron Watson, Ph.D., chairman of the NHRI and Russell M. Jaffe, Ph.D., M.D. president of PERquE LLC. For more information, visit www.naturalhealthresearch.org.

The Natural Products Association of Washington, D.C. announced that more than 300 natural personal care products have achieved certification through its natural standard certification program. The program has been in existence for two years.

Redmond, WA-based Ayush Herbs Inc. will continue to use On the Horizon Communications for its public relations efforts.

The Non-GMO Project announced that, as of July, 124 independent retailers signed up to participate in Non-GMO Month,
which will take place in October, and GMO Day (10/10/10). To participate, visit www.nongmoproject.org/retailers/non-gmo-month.

Trace Minerals Research, based in Ogden, UT, received Halal certification for its ConcenTrace Trace Mineral Drops and utah Sea Minerals from the Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America.

Eden Prairie, MN-based UAS Laboratories announced that its DDS Probiotics have been Kosher certified by OK Kosher.

Specially marked two-packs of AdvaCAL ultra 1,000 (from LaneLabs of Waldwick, NJ) will soon come with a free book from the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF). The text, Boning Up on Osteoporosis: A Guide to Prevention and Treatment, offers information about detecting, preventing and treating osteoporosis. This product is an official partner of the National Osteoporosis Foundation.

Jarrow Formulas, Inc. of Los Angeles, CA, gave 4826 bottles of Whey Protein and 5046 containers of Muscle Optimeal (meal replacement formula) to Feeding America and the AIDS Project Los Angeles Necessities of Life Program.

Gaia Herbs Professional Division, under the brand name Professional Solutions, is a Gold Partner in the Emerson quality
Program (EqP). This voluntary program increases awareness of quality by “providing healthcare professionals and their patients access to comprehensive information about the practices of EqP participating manufacturers,” says Gaia, which is based in Brevard, NC. Companies can participate in the EqP program after they have passed a rigorous evaluation and audit process.

The Council for Responsible Nutrition has three new voting members: Bausch & Lomb of Madison, NJ, Enzymotec USA, Inc. of Morristown, NJ and Natural Grocers of Lakewood, CO. Its two new associate members are CNA HealthPro of New york, NY and Stericycle ExpertRECALL of Indianapolis, IN.