Election Day on November 5 brought a setback to the GMO labeling movement, as the state of Washington’s ballot Initiative 522 was voted down. The vote as of November 7 was 54% No to 46% Yes, though votes were still being counted. Earlier polls had staked the initiative to a sizable lead, but the gap closed as the election neared and many voters minds apparently changed. The initiative would have required foods containing genetically modified ingredients to convey that fact on the label.
Washington, D.C.—Certain supplement ingredients may have entered the U.S. market without accompanying new dietary ingredient (NDI) notification as is required by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Watsonville, CA—Nordic Naturals of has partnered up with Nutrasource Diagnostics (NDI) to create a testing methodology for analyzing the p-Anisidine levels in flavored omega-3 dietary supplements. p-Anisidine levels are used to measure oxidation.
Speaking at Natural Products Expo East, Arran Stephens, co-founder of Richmond, BC, Canada-based Nature’s Path Foods, expressed gratitude for the recognition he and his wife and fellow co-founder Ratana were about to receive from the Organic Trade Association.
Orange and apple growers are battling two major scourges that threaten their crops: citrus greening, a bacterial disease spread by tiny insects called psyllids, and fire blight, a contagious disease that attacks apple and pear trees.
Boulder, CO—The September flooding that affected heavily populated northern areas of Colorado, causing at least eight deaths, displacing thousands and damaging untold amounts of property, was a cause rallied around by the natural products community. The state as a whole, particularly the area including Boulder and Denver, is a financial and cultural center for the natural and organic industry.