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September 30, 2011

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Man Indicted for Viagra-like Supplements

A Utah man has been indicted for selling erectile dysfunction "supplements" allegedly containing Viagra-related drugs linked to serious health problems.

Kelly Dean Harvey, 48, allegedly imported a product containing sulfoaildenafil from China for use in "dietary supplements" and selling it through his Murray, UT-based TSN Labs Inc., later called Novacare LLC, as "Stiff Nights," ''Size Matters," ''Natural Wow" and "OMG."

The use of sulfoaildenafil would have subjected the supplements to regulation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration but their labeling failed to list it as an ingredient, the indictment said.

"Stiff Nights" was sold online as a "dietary supplement" and claimed as 100 percent natural and safe. Harvey's attorney denied the allegations, saying that no one has ever reported health problems.

The indictment charges that Harvey was paid more than $2 million for erectile dysfunction products from April 2007 to June 2010, and court documents allege that between November 2006 and May 2010, Harvey wired approximately $931,000 to China for a raw ingredient called ophioglossum thermale (OT).

Charges against Harvey include conspiracy, wire fraud, mail fraud, concealment of money laundering and four counts of money laundering. If convicted, the U.S. Attorney's Office also has asked for forfeiture of two lots owned by Harvey in Cottonwood Heights, UT, two vehicles and $3.3 million.

PROBAR Completes Non-GMO Project Program

PROBAR has announced its successful verification in the Non-GMO Project’s Product Verification Program, and its sponsorship of Non-GMO Month in October. The Non-GMO Project is an organization dedicated to preserving and building sources of non-GMO products, educating consumers, and providing verified non-GMO choices. Non-GMO Project Verification comes only after rigorous independent auditing of PROBAR products by the Non-GMO Project.

GMOs (or ‘genetically modified organisms’) are organisms that have been created through gene-splicing techniques, creating unnatural combinations of plant, animal, bacteria, and viral genes that do not occur in nature or by traditional crossbreeding methods. In 2011, it is estimated by the USDA that 94 percent of soy, 90 percent of cotton, and 88 percent of corn grown in the U.S. are GMO. The Non-GMO Project began as an initiative by the North American organic and natural product industry to create a standardized definition of non-GMO, and help give the public an opportunity to make an informed choice when it comes to GMOs.

PROBAR is a natural foods company whose food philosophy is built around plant-based, organic processes and energy-saving principals. All PROBAR products are made from organic ingredients with high natural integrity and are gently “blended,” rather than baked, ground-up or pressed together, according to the company.
For more information, visit www.theprobar.com or www.nongmoproject.org.

Organic Products Retailer News
Uncle Matt’s Organic CEO Elected OTA President

Matt McLean, CEO and founder of Uncle Matt’s Organic (Clermont, FL), has been elected as president of the Organic Trade Association (OTA). McLean has served for the past six years on the board of the OTA and was recently re-elected to the board by the members of the OTA for a final three-year term. After re-election, McLean was voted by the board to serve a one-year term as president.

“I am extremely humbled and honored to be elected president of our board,” said McLean. “The Organic Trade Association is vital to the success of the organic industry and I’m thrilled to serve alongside such a talented and well-respected group of industry leaders. I believe we can make a long lasting difference for future generations.”

As president, McLean will help set the agenda for the upcoming year and promote the mission of the OTA alongside 14 other board members. 

For more information, visit www.unclematts.com or www.ota.com.

Horizon Celebrates 20 Years

Horizon (Broomfield, CO) is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2011 and reflecting on its growth from a small organic yogurt brand to not only the top-selling organic milk brand in the U.S., but also the top-selling milk brand, conventional or organic.

“Over the past 20 years, Horizon has grown its network of family farmers from seven to more than 600, and helped create and grow the organic dairy category,” said Mike Ferry, Horizon president. “While we are proud to celebrate these achievements throughout our 20th anniversary year, we are also marking the occasion by reaffirming our commitment to sustainable agriculture, to advancing the organic movement and to our family farmer partners.”
 
In honor of its 20th anniversary, Horizon will also engage consumers online with a variety of activities in October, including the release of an infographic highlighting the brand’s history and growth, and a Facebook promotion that will help raise money for Farm Aid.  The brand will donate $1 to Farm Aid, up to a total of $10,000, for every “Like” on the Horizon Facebook page.
 
For more information, call (888) 494-3020 or visit www.horizondairy.com

Nutrition Industry Executive News
Chr. Hansen Partners with Amino Up

Chr. Hansen A/S (Hoersholm, Denmark) has entered into a five-year partnership agreement with Amino Up Chemical Co. Ltd. (Sapporo, Japan) to develop unique dietary supplements and to explore the opportunity within functional foods utilizing the strong nutritional ingredient portfolios of each company.

“It is thrilling to be partnering with a company that shares the same ideals and principals as we do at Chr. Hansen: A science-first approach, proven safety, and high investment in R&D,” said Brian Peeters, partnership manager, human health and nutrition for Chr. Hansen, who was instrumental in coordinating the partnership.

“The products we are now working on together with Amino Up have the potential to make a significant impact on the health and well-being of others.”

“Chr. Hansen and Amino Up share a number of common attributes such as our founding history and corporate philosophy. I believe we’ll be able to create a close partnership in a wide range of areas, not only product development but also giving back to the society by innovating health together,” said Ken-ichi Kosuna, chairman, Amino Up.

The first products to come from the new partnership will be launched regionally in the beginning of 2012. The global sales and marketing of the new products will go through Chr. Hansen A/S, with the exception of Japan, which will be serviced by Amino Up.

For more information, visit www.aminoup.co.jp/e/ or www.chr-hansen.com.

Enzymotec Wins Customer Value Enhancement Award

Enzymotec Ltd. (Migdal HaEmeq, Israel) recently announced that it has been honored with the “2011 Global Phosphatidylserine Customer Value Enhancement Award,” from analyst firm Frost & Sullivan. The award is presented each year by Frost & Sullivan to the company that has demonstrated excellence in implementing strategies that proactively create value for its customers.

“We are pleased to be presented with this award, which puts forward the unique value we provide our customers with,” said Boaz Noy, head of BioActive Ingredients division. “Namely, our innovative and proactive approach to customers’ needs and business objectives.”

Poshpatidylserine (PS) is a natural nutrient found in the cell membrane and particularly abundant in the brain. It has been extensively researched showing to be beneficial for cognitive functions, such as: concentration, focus, learning, and memory especially with elderly adults. PS is the only ingredient that has been granted with a qualified health claim by the FDA, related to cognitive dysfunction and dementia in the elderly.

In that category, Enzymotec has been playing a major role both in size and innovation launching for the first time nutrients, such as: soy-free PS, PS-omega 3 conjugates and by supporting clinical trials that has shown its effect on early Alzheimer's and ADHD.

For more information, visit www.enzymotec.com.

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