Toronto, Canada—A recent study by University of Toronto scientists reveals that polyfluoroalkyl phosphate esters (PAPs), the chemicals used to line junk food wrappers and microwave popcorn bags, are contaminating food products. PAPs are applied as grease-proofing agents to paper food contact packaging, and when the human body metabolizes these chemicals, they are broken down into perfluorooctanesulfanoic acid (PFOA).

New Orleans, LA—Time is precious for getting a stroke victim the immediate care they need. Now, an important study funded by the National Institute of Health has found that DHA may be an important part of ischemic stroke treatment and recovery—if it’s taken within five hours of stroke.

Washington, D.C.—The Natural Products Association (NPA) members that were part of the former West and Rocky Mountain regions will now be affiliate with one of three newly organized regions: Northwest, Southwest and Midwest.

Secaucus, NJ—Kosherfest 2010 proved that with innovative new products expanding the variety in the market, the rules may stay strict, but the taste and nutritional values are improving.

The natural products industry, organic food manufacturers and suppliers in particular, should be closely allied to all efforts at creating sustainable supply chains for business.

Ronkonkoma, NY—Industry veteran Jodi Drexler-Billet has brought to market the new Earthly Elements all-natural vegan personal care line, which will be distributed by supplement manufacturer Solgar Vitamin and Herb Company. T

Helios CORP and Sunbio announced that they received new dietary ingredient (NDI) approval for EstroG-100.

The Senate failed to vote on passing the Food Safety and Modernization Act on Thursday, November 18.

Reports indicate that food retail prices in nearly every category are in for higher-than-average inflation in 2011. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has said that for all food, prices are expected to rise 2–3%, nearly double the 2010 increase. Meat prices are predicted to approach a 3.5% hike, and dairy a 5.5% jump.