Croatia—Rice-based foods, particularly rice drinks and cereals, may present a danger to infants and small children, said a group of doctors in a recent journal publication. Rice, due to its genetic makeup and the methods used to grow it, is thought to absorb arsenic from the environment in amounts higher than other plants.

From bread to brownies, baked goods are favorite treats for people around the world. Statistics show that artisanal and gourmet baked goods occupied approximately 51% of the overall baked goods market in 2013, proving that when consumers go to the shelves, they want the highest quality (1).

Nearly all parents would do just about anything for their children, and that includes feeding them the best that stores have to offer. In fact, 47% of parents make sure at least half of the food they load into their grocery carts is organic (1). So says the Organic Trade Association’s newly released U.S. Families’ Organic Attitudes & Beliefs 2014 Tracking Study, which surveyed more than 1,200 families with at least one child under 18.

In designing our series on Natural Success Stories, we at WholeFoods Magazine needed to come up with ways to categorize success within the natural products industry. We quickly realized that most within the industry would measure it by the positive impact made on other people’s lives. Natural, healthful products are, of course, a beneficial presence in the lives of many. But companies that focus great effort and resources on those in special need fill out the rest of the positive impact equation.

New from GoOrganic are organic-certified, Non-GMO Project Verified Fruit Chews. The Chews come in two flavors, Ginger and Fruit, and contain no artificial flavors, preservatives or colors. The candies are kosher and gluten and dairy free.

Frozen Greek Yogurt Bars from Yasso are said to offer great taste and healthy attributes. Containing only natural ingredients such as rBST-free milk, real Greek yogurt and natural sweeteners, Yasso’s flavors include Blueberry, Strawberry, Raspberry, Coconut, Mango and Vanilla Bean.

Pamela’s Products introduces new Figgies & Jammies, a line of gluten-free fig bars. These non-GMO, egg-free cookies have a cake-like crust and are filled with fruit. Choose from Mission Fig, Blueberry & Fig, Raspberry & Fig and Strawberry & Fig. No artificial ingredients included.

New from Happy Family are Happy Tot Best Friends toddler cookies in Chocolate Pumpkin and Honey Buckwheat (SRP $3.79). Also new are Happy Tot Morning breakfast blends that are packed with omega-3s from chia. Flavors include Banana, Blueberry Yogurt & Oats and Apple Cinnamon Yogurt & Oats (SRP: $1.59).

NOW Foods launched a line of certified gluten-free, allergy-friendly, non-GMO foods. The Living Now line includes White Rice Flour, Organic Brown Rice Flour, Tapioca Flour, Organic Amaranth and Organic Quinoa. Baking mixes and gluten-free flour are also available.