Washington, D.C.—The Corn Refiners Association (CRA) sent a petition to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration asking the agency to let food makers use new terminology on ingredient labels.

Washington, D.C.—On September 27, President Barack Obama signed into law a bill that is intended to help small businesses. The legislation will give tax credits to small businesses and help such firms receive loans more easily. This aid will cost about $42 billion over the course of a decade.

Washington, D.C.—The Food Safety Accountability Act, introduced in September by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) would, if passed, establish criminal penalties for "any individual or corporation that knowingly distributes tainted food products." The penalties include a fine and/or a maximum prison sentence of 10 years.

South Plainfield, NJ—Industry companies and retailers looking for information about natural products companies now have another resource. The WholeFoods e-Directory is now available at http://directory.wholefoodsmagazineonline.com.

News and notes from industry suppliers.

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.