Columbia, MO—As certain types of synthetic nanoparticles have made their way into applications from water treatment to food packaging to pesticides over the past few years, a debate has ensued over the potential for contamination, and the health risks to humans in case it does occur. A recent study at the University of Missouri confirmed the presence of potentially toxic silver nanoparticles in pears and, in doing so, established a viable method for detecting such particles in food.

Washington, D.C.—Over 150 companies and organizations sent a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack calling for better oversight of the experimental field trials used to test genetically engineered (GE) crops. The action was spurred by the high-profile discovery in May of unapproved GE wheat in an Oregon farmer’s field.

A child’s school-age years are a special time, and not just because she/he moves from taking stroller rides to pedaling without training wheels to begging for your car keys! From ages four through 13, a child goes through a period of immense growth and development that’s topped off during the teen years.

Your store can help parents make sure their kids are getting everything from supplements to skincare to healthy foods and drinks to support this important growth period.

Let’s play a word association game. What comes to mind when you hear the term, “gluten free diet plan”? Perhaps, “celiac disease”?  Try, “dairy free.” Did you think of “lactose intolerant”? Now, what about “nut free”? Maybe you thought of “allergen.”

The Spice Hunter now offers salt-free organic grinders. The line is certified 100% organic and Kosher, free of artificial ingredients, and consists of black and white pepper, lemon pepper, Mediterranean herb, black peppercorns and spicy garlic. The cap comes with fine and coarse settings, and has a tamper-evident seal.

House Foods America launched Vacuum Packed Organic Tofu. This unflavored tofu is high in protein with 14 g per 3-oz serving. The texture is suitable for meat substitutions and grilling, and contains no water to drain.
SRP: $1.99–2.49 per 8-oz package.

New from New England Natural Bakers is the Organic Select line, containing three new granola products that are certified organic and Non-GMO Project Verified. The product line features three new SKU’s: organic unsweetened cinnamon raisin muesli, organic gluten-free unsweetened berry coconut granola and organic cranberry almond granola clusters.

Snikiddy’s most popular snacks—All-Natural Cheese Puffs, All-Natural Baked Fries, and Eat Your Vegetables—made a transition. The snacks are now made with non-GMO ingredients including potatoes, corn, navy beans, sweet potatoes, carrots, rice, oils and primary seasonings.

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