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December 22, 2011

Vitamin Retailer News
NPA Strengthens Natural Seal Certification Program

The Natural Products Association (NPA) has announced an enhancement for the Natural Seal certification program that has granted the “Certified Natural” seal to more than 750 products and ingredients since 2008. NPA will require 100 percent natural fragrances and colorants for home care products. The change applies to new home care products certified by NPA and current products upon recertification as of February 1, 2012. Currently there are 51 home care products certified, according to the NPA.

The change strengthens the Natural Seal by ensuring that manufacturers only use natural fragrances, eliminating such troubling fragrance ingredients as “absolutes” and “concretes.” This also eliminates any colorant ingredients that require the use of petrochemical materials for processing. Synthetic additives will be prohibited as well.

For more information, visit www.thenaturalseal.org or www.npainfo.org.

Paragon Laboratories Receives NSF GMP for Sport Certification

Paragon Laboratories (Torrance, CA) has attained the coveted NSF GMP for Sport™ Certification. The designation is designed to meet the growing demands of athletes, coaches and all those concerned about banned substances in the sports community, and support the sale of supplements that are tested to be free of certain banned substances as indicated on various sports organizations’ listings.

According to Jay Kaufman, Paragon Laboratories president, the new certification is just one of the many investments that Paragon Laboratories has recently pursued and is complimentary to their 40 years of experience. Additionally, Paragon’s other certifications include NSF and NPA GMP Certifications for Contract Dietary Supplement Manufacturing, and QAI Organic Certification.

For more information, visit www.paragonlabsusa.com.

Organic Products Retailer News

Summit Explores Decommoditization of Food Ingredients

The decommoditization of food ingredients by sustainable development is a major focus of the Sustainable Foods Summit taking place at the JW Marriott San Francisco Union Square in San Francisco, CA on January 17-18, 2012.

The aim of the Summit is to explore new horizons for eco-labels and sustainability in the food industry by discussing key industry issues. What impact do organic, fair trade and other eco-labels have on sustainability? Will there ever be a single sustainability standard for food products? How can sustainability performance be measured? Case studies will be given of food companies and ingredient firms that are successfully pushing the boundaries of eco-labels and/or sustainability.

According to organizers, the Summit will bring together key stakeholders in the food industry, including food manufacturers, ingredient and raw material suppliers, retailers and distributors, industry organizations and certification agencies, researchers and academics, among others.

The Summit will be comprise of four sessions covering the following topics:
Sustainability Initiatives
Sustainable Proteins and Ingredients
Marketing and Distribution Innovations
Sustainable Packaging

For more information, visit www.sustainablefoodssummit.com.

Canada Sees Differences in Produce Pesticide Residue Levels 

According to the Canada Organic Trade Association (COTA), consumers wishing to avoid chemical pesticide residues in food, water and on farms have a simple choice: organic products. Repeated government samplings in North America and Europe have shown organic produce has much lower pesticides residues when compared to non-organic.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) pesticide residue testing results recently made public support the claim that choosing organic reduces consumers’ exposure to unwanted pesticides.

“We see that over 560 residues were found on non-organic apples, more than 10 times the 52 found on organic apples. That would worry me if I weren’t buying organic,” said Matthew Holmes, executive director of COTA.

The Canadian government is monitoring organic products—both imports and domestic—thanks to the new Organic Products Regulations published in 2009, and fully implemented in June 2011, according to COTA. This new rule in Canada makes organic products the most regulated and inspected in the country, building on top of all other food safety and regulatory requirements.

“From the types of chemicals we see in this data, it’s clear that this isn’t a case of a farmer abusing the system, but originates from the types of chemical used on non-organic products in post-harvest situations, such as warehousing and shipping,” said Holmes.

For more information, visit www.ota.com.

Nutrition Industry Executive News

DDW Launches Expert Answers Series

D.D. Williamson (DDW, Louisville, KY) has launched a new series to help food scientists, chemists, students, professors, managers and others in the food and beverage industry stay informed, grow their businesses to their full potential and expand into untapped markets.

The new Expert Answers series tackles questions and provides relevant industry information, according to the company. This series features a combination of video interviews, articles and transcripts sharing the knowledge of leading food and beverage industry experts both inside and outside DDW. The short video and upcoming article format lets viewers easily share interesting information with their colleagues, friends, students or anyone else who might be interested in learning more.

From color trends to regulatory information, the Expert Answers Video Series provides brief, focused interviews with experts. New interviews will be added on a regular basis.

For more information, visit www.ddwilliamson.com/expertanswers.

Reserveage Organics Partners With Kuna

Reserveage Organics (Gainesville, FL) has entered into a sustainable business agreement with the indigenous Kuna of Panama. Delegates from each of the Kuna’s 49 communities (the Kuna General Congress of Panama) voted to approve this decision as part of their world-renowned democratic process.

Reserveage Founder and CEO Naomi Whittel signed the agreement inside a Panamanian hut in the Yansibdiwar community of Kuna Yala on October 30, marking the first time the Kuna have agreed to allow a company to use their images to promote a product and work together for their mutual benefit.

“The Kuna are very proud, traditionally minded and spiritual people,” said Whittel. “They have welcomed me to their communities knowing I want to help them to develop an economically, environmentally and culturally sustainable industry.”

Whittel launched the CocoaWell brand of products in March 2011 after learning about Harvard researcher Dr. Norman Hollenberg’s 20-year-study of the Kuna’s sacred practice of drinking cocoa regularly. Hollenberg‘s team observed that the Kuna maintain normal blood pressure as they age and enjoy exceptional heart health, though they eat a high-salt diet.

“I feel strongly that because this sacred Kuna health practice inspired our CocoaWell products, we have a responsibility to partner with them and give back in ways that support their communities and their needs,” said Whittel.“Each bottle of CocoaWell purchased will support the Kuna in their goals. We will do all we can to significantly reduce poverty and malnutrition among them.”

For more information, visit http://cocoawell.reserveage.com.

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