Washington, D.C.—In an analysis of previous studies that included almost 70,000 people, researchers from Greece concluded that omega-3 fatty acid supplementation is not significantly correlated with reduced risk of all-cause death, cardiac death, sudden death, heart attack, or stroke. The study, published in the September 12 issue of JAMA, has provoked a response from the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) and other groups, which urge consumers to remain confident in the benefits of omega-3s.

Stanford, CA—Findings from a recent Stanford University study have caused a stir in the organic industry. According to the study’s data, organic foods may not be any more healthy or nutritional than their conventionally grown counterparts.

Stockholm, Sweden—With Halloween and candy season right around the corner, for once we might be encouraging men to indulge. A recent study in Neurology, by Susanna C. Larsson with the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, shows that men who consume more chocolate may have lower risks of stroke.

Washington, D.C.— The Council for Responsible Nutrition Foundation (CRNF), through its “Life…supplemented campaign,” has launched a free mobile application for consumers with iPhones and iPads.

London, United Kingdom—The bad news continues for proponents of DMAA (dimethylamylamine). U.K. regulators have decided to ban a popular sports supplement that contains the ingredient. 

Hershey, PA—A coalition of independent natural food stores and co-ops, along with several human rights and consumer groups, has sent an open letter to The Hershey Company, urging it to make a substantially larger commitment to relying upon ethically-sourced, Fair Trade cocoa for its chocolate products. The letter comes in the context of reports that illegal and often forced child labor is a major issue with overseas cocoa production.

Before the ballots open on California Prop. 37 on November 6, there are numerous factors and perspectives with which to be familiar. The fate of the proposition that would mandate labeling in the state on all food products containing Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) is in the hands of voters. The result will likely carry policy implications for the rest of the country, and has the potential to make an immediate impact on the entire food industry due to the size California’s consumer base.

The scientific community is still debating whether the benefits of using nanoparticles outweigh any potential risks, and now there is another voice to add to the mix.

Westchester, IL—A new independent clinical trial published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism details the positive effects of resistant starch (Hi-Maize from Ingredion Inc., based here) on metabolism.