Savannah, GA—The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), the policy recommendation body for the National Organic Program (NOP), decided on several organic food issues at its most recent meeting, including sulfites in wine, outdoor access for poultry and, controversially, DHA algal oil and ARA fungal oil as organic additives. The move to allow Martek Biosciences Corporation’s branded life’sDHA ingredient, derived from algae, and life’sARA, from a species of fungus, in certified organic food products was met with some criticism.

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The organic food industry should be on alert for five fraudulent organic certificates circulating in the market, according to the USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP). The certificates falsely represent a slew of products from producers in various countries, including blueberries, cranberries and other berries from Russia; green coffee, green tea and hot chocolate from China; bell peppers and tomatoes from the Dominican Republic; several products including honey, teas, seeds and spices from Kuwait; and various other vegetables from another Chinese company.

Every flavor and color chemist is hard at work on products that will please our palettes and our eyes, respectively. What have those working in naturally derived food additives been up to most recently?

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.

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.

Organic Valley has added to its line of milk products with 16-oz organic soy and half & half creamers. Both creamers come in Original and French Vanilla flavors, with an additional Hazelnut flavor for the half & half, and are sweetened with unrefined organic sugar, vanilla and hazelnut. All creamers are ultra pasteurized, organic and Fair Trade. Along with dairy and soy products, Organic Valley also offers organic eggs, juices and meats.

Bolder Bob’s Foods wants to take your taste buds around the world with its Appetizer Adventures all-natural, vegetarian snacks. Their six flavors are designed around specific regions—Naples, Santa Fe, Tuscany, Athens, Napa Valley and Beijing—with each featuring ingredients like vegetarian chicken and sausage, feta cheese and fire roasted veggies. A two-piece serving contains 210–290 calories, with two servings in every box.