Silver Spring, MD—The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finalized the first two of seven rules under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). FDA believes these rules will help prevent foodborne illness and improve food safety.

amd and vitamin d

Buffalo, NY—Shoppers now have another reason to make sure they are getting enough vitamin D. New data published in JAMA Ophthalmology suggests that sufficient levels of vitamin D may help reduce the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration (ARMD) in women who are at high genetic risk for developing the disease.

NIH Supplements

Bethesda, MDThe National Institutes of Health (NIH) has announced that five research centers will receive a combined $35 million in funding over the next several years to study the "safety of natural products, on how they work within the body and on the development of cutting-edge research technologies."


Why is it so difficult to convince some people that multivitamins are a worthwhile part of the kids’ health package?

beneoBENEO has launched Palatinose, a sweetener derived from beet sugar that offers energy in a balanced and sustained way. The company says the sweetener provides body cell energy in a way that promotes enhanced fat oxidation during physical activity.
201 Littleton Rd., 1st Fl., Morris Plains, NJ 07950,

glanbiaGlanbia Nutritionals’ OmniMEGA Advanced Omega-3 Powder can be formulated into multi-ingredient tablets, capsules, caplets and ready-to-mix products.  OmniMEGA is comprised of omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil that are bound to a beta-cyclodextrin backbone. It also offers superior bioavailability and stability, according to the company.

Monk FruitMonk Fruit Corp. has launched Sweet-Delicious monk fruit juice. The company says this ingredient lets formulators reduce or replace added sugar and achieve a clean-label. Sweet-Delicious monk fruit juice is GRAS.
419 E. Rockland Rd., Libertyville, IL 60048,

Published in WholeFoods Magazine, October 2015

mineral fusionMineral Fusion now offers a full line of vegan and vegetarian cosmetics emphasizing natural ingredients over harsh chemicals. Among these new offerings are Mineral Fusion Liquid Eyeliner with aloe and chamomile, Mineral Fusion Lipstick Butter with cocoa butter and argan oil and Mineral Fusion Liquid Concealer with pomegranate, vitamin C, and licorice root.

carlson e gemsE-Gem Skin Care Soap from Carlson Laboratories is a lemon-scented cleanser that uses vitamin E to keep moisture in, using ingredients like coconut oil, soy protein and aloe extract. The product does not contain any parabens, PABA, phthalates, sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate or artificial dyes or scents. The latest formula does not have any vitamin A or animal-based ingredients.