The Conspiracy of Silence is not just limited to the political arena. At the 33rd session of the Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses (CCNFSDU), which ended its week-long meeting on Friday, November 18, its new Chairwoman, Pia Noble, had a definite problem in allowing the International Non-Governmental Organizations (INGOs) such as the National Health Federation (NHF) to speak.

In late November, the U.S. Department of Justice (on behalf of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration [FDA]) filed a permanent injunction request against a Pennsylvania supplement maker for failing to comply with its good manufacturing practices (GMPs) regulations. According to a press statement, this is the first time the agency has taken action like this against a supplement manufacturer of this size.

Merry Hill, NC—Botanical extraction specialist, Avoca, Inc. (a division of Pharmachem Laboratories) is now greener than ever. In the first installation of its kind on the East Coast, Avoca is now the proud owner of a new biomass-to-energy system. The system replaces three boilers that ran on diesel fuel.

North Bergen, NJ—Avena sativa, known for its calming properties, was put to the test for memory support and passed with flying colors.

News and notes from industry suppliers.

Were you like the millions of Americans who rang in the New Year by making a resolution for 2012? Funny thing about those resolutions. They rarely make it to the spring. Here’s a resolution I challenge you to keep: Get to know that person staring back at you in the mirror a little better.

Boston, MA—A new study of a branded brain function supplement (FOCUSfactor from Factor Nutrition Labs) showed the possibility of improved memory, concentration and focus for subjects taking the supplement after six weeks.

Lundberg Family Farms now offers Spicy Black Bean and Cracked Black Pepper Lundberg Rice Chips. These flavors are the first in the line to be 100% organic, with the original seven flavors “reformulated using organic grains and other organic ingredients previously not available” and given updated packaging to match. All are Non-GMO Verified, wheat- and gluten-free and made with organic grains.

Eden Foods hand harvests its new Organic Eden Whole Leaf Dulse, a red sea vegetable and algae, off the island of Grand Manan, New Brunswick. Eden says the island is where the thickest, darkest and richest dulse grows. During harvesting and drying, extra care is taken to disrupt nearby ecology or take more than a sustainable yield. Eden Foods suggests using dulse in salads, sandwiches, soups, stir fries and baked goods.