An extensive study into the buying habits of organic shoppers has found some surprises about the current state and the future of the organic industry, according to Maryellen Molyneaux, president of the Natural Marketing Institute (NMI) in “State of the Organic Industry.”

Washington, D.C.—Two new sets of research, one from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and another from Consumer Reports, indicate levels of arsenic, a known carcinogen, in some rice and rice products grown in the United States that exceed five parts per billion (ppb). The five ppb safe exposure standard for arsenic in food has been proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency, and is the level required for drinking water in New Jersey, the strictest in the nation.

Rockville, MD—While many Americans have been cutting back their spending during the recession, nutritional supplements are one area that has not been affected. In fact, according to the report released by Packaged Facts, Nutritional Supplements in the U.S., supplement sales increased 7% to $11.5 billion in 2012, and are projected to reach $15.5 billion by 2017.

Nationwide grocery store Trader Joe’s has voluntarily recalled its one peanut butter after cases of Salmonella were reported.

Ulm, Germany—A new study in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease suggests that vitamin C and beta-carotene may play a role in deterring the development of Alzheimer’s disease (AD).

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The high-stakes battle continues in sugar-land. On September 4, four companies affiliated with the Corn Refiners Association (ADM, Cargill, Ingredion and Tate & Lyle) filed a counterclaim against The Sugar Association for supposedly fooling Americans into thinking that sugar is safer and healthier than high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), “despite overwhelming scientific evidence that the two forms of sugar are nutritionally equivalent.”

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