Washington, D.C., 10:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Late in the evening on Tuesday, May 22, 2012, the advocacy team of the Washington, D.C.-based Natural Products Association (NPA) became aware that longtime natural products industry opponent, U.S. Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL), planned to introduce an amendment that could severely damage the natural products industry—as an attachment to an FDA user-fee bill shortly being considered by the Senate.

New from P.L. Thomas & Co, Inc. and Grow Green Industries, Inc. are eatSafe Natural Food Wash and eatFresh Natural Antimicrobial. These natural food sanitizers and preservatives “enhance the taste, sensory profiles and shelf-life of fresh produce, seafood and poultry as well as prepared and processed foods.” The wash is said to remove 99.999% of bacteria and +98% of pesticide residues from produce.

Valensa International launched Zanthin XP-3 Astaxanthin, designed for optimal absorption. The ingredient combines Valensa’s Zanthin natural astaxanthin with a supercritical extract of perilla seed oil, O2B Peroxidation Blocker stabilization system and sunflower-based phospholipids. Given the enhanced absorption, less astaxanthin is needed.

Lonza has launched the Memree line containing soy-based phosphatidylserine (PS). Both MemreePS and MemreePlus are intended for cognitive health applications, but MemreePlus also supports healthy cortisol levels for stress support. Both ingredients come in liquid and dry forms.

May and June were busy for companies attending industry suppliers-focused conventions. With a fresh new name and venue, more than 3,500 health and nutrition professionals attended Virgo’s three-day SupplySide MarketPlace convention in New York City, held May 8–10.

News and notes from industry suppliers.

Skin cancer is a scary possible consequence of spending too much time in the sun, with the scariest and most severe form being melanoma. Melanoma is caused by changes in melanocyte cells that are responsible for producing melanin (skin and hair color), and may appear as a mole, although a previously benign mole can develop into melanoma (1). Melanomas are said to be developed through too much sun exposure, sometimes even developing later in life due to too many bad sunburns as a child.

Kiss My Face Natural Mineral Formula SPF 40 lotion contains Hydresia safflower seeds that offer a controlled release of moisture. Sun protection is provided by titanium dioxide (7.5%) and zinc oxide (10.0%). This product contains no parabens, animal ingredients, artificial fragrance or colors and was not tested on animals.

MyChelle Dermaceuticals, LLC introduces Daily Defense Cream with SPF 17, which nourishes, hydrates and protects skin. It includes astaxanthin from Hawaiian microalgae to fight the appearance of fine lines. The cream includes beta-glucan to help skin lock in moisture. For SPF protection, Daily Dense Cream SPF 17 uses tocotrienols derived from palm.