Conventry, U.K.—Fluoride isn’t the only cavity fighter in town. According to scientists from the Athlone Institute of Technology in Ireland, digested coconut oil may act as a natural antibiotic to fight off tooth decay.

Washington, D.C.—In an analysis of previous studies that included almost 70,000 people, researchers from Greece concluded that omega-3 fatty acid supplementation is not significantly correlated with reduced risk of all-cause death, cardiac death, sudden death, heart attack, or stroke. The study, published in the September 12 issue of JAMA, has provoked a response from the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) and other groups, which urge consumers to remain confident in the benefits of omega-3s.

Stanford, CA—Findings from a recent Stanford University study have caused a stir in the organic industry. According to the study’s data, organic foods may not be any more healthy or nutritional than their conventionally grown counterparts.

Stockholm, Sweden—With Halloween and candy season right around the corner, for once we might be encouraging men to indulge. A recent study in Neurology, by Susanna C. Larsson with the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, shows that men who consume more chocolate may have lower risks of stroke.

Washington, D.C.—Two of the major forces in the organic agriculture and products industry will now merge together under one roof. The Organic Trade Association (OTA) will assume administrative responsibilities for The Organic Center, which will move its headquarters here from Boulder, CO. The Organic Center has traditionally been a scientific voice for the merits of organic agriculture, while the OTA serves its members by advocating for the values, benefits and regulatory standing of organic products in the media and in government.

New York—Attorney general of the state of New York Eric T. Schneiderman issued subpoenas in July to leading energy drink makers PepsiCo, Inc., maker of AMP; Monster Beverage Corp. and Living Essentials LLC, maker of 5-hour Energy drinks, the Wall Street Journal reports. The accuracy of these companies’ marketing and advertising on behalf of these products is being called into question.

Hershey, PA—A coalition of independent natural food stores and co-ops, along with several human rights and consumer groups, has sent an open letter to The Hershey Company, urging it to make a substantially larger commitment to relying upon ethically-sourced, Fair Trade cocoa for its chocolate products. The letter comes in the context of reports that illegal and often forced child labor is a major issue with overseas cocoa production.

Before the ballots open on California Prop. 37 on November 6, there are numerous factors and perspectives with which to be familiar. The fate of the proposition that would mandate labeling in the state on all food products containing Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) is in the hands of voters. The result will likely carry policy implications for the rest of the country, and has the potential to make an immediate impact on the entire food industry due to the size California’s consumer base.

London, United Kingdom—The bad news continues for proponents of DMAA (dimethylamylamine). U.K. regulators have decided to ban a popular sports supplement that contains the ingredient.