Washington, D.C.—A recent report by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), which advises policy makers and leaders on public health matters, recommends that efforts be made by the food industry, as well as the government, to reduce unhealthy food options and increase access to healthy ones. “Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention: Solving the Weight of the Nation” was presented at the Weight of the Nation conference, held here in May.

Santa Cruz, CA, Corvallis, OR—The organic industry is welcoming a major development with the upcoming merge of two of the nation’s largest third-party organic certification agencies, CCOF and Oregon Tilth.

Washington, D.C.—The Environmental Working Group (EWG) released its sixth annual EWG’s Skin Deep findings on the best and worst sunscreens of 2012, covering everything from sunscreens for the body and face, SPF protection in all kinds of makeup and what’s best for baby.

Washington, D.C.—An amendment to the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (Bill S.3187) put forth by U.S. Senator Richard Durbin (D–IL) wouldn't have been popular with supplement supporters.

Los Angeles, CA—Resolving a case dating back to 2010, a federal administrative judge has ruled that POM Wonderful, maker of pomegranate juice drinks, used some deceptive practices in advertisements placed in national print media. Specifically, advertisements claiming that the company’s juice products could treat, prevent or reduce the risk of heart disease, prostate cancer and erectile dysfunction were deemed illegal under Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regulations.

Rockville, MD—Maybe you should think twice before passing on your morning coffee.

Already a leader in the nutritional lipids industry, DSM supplemented its market hold by acquiring omega-3 fatty acid leader in Ocean Nutrition, the company announced on May 18th.

DSM’s acquisition capitalizes on a market already well-established by strong scientific backing of nutritional lipids, while also offering significant growth opportunity for the foreseeable future. Ocean Nutrition Canada is the world’s largest supplier of fish-derived Omega-3 fatty acids to the dietary supplement and food and beverage markets.

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New York, NY—Krill oil supplier Neptune Technologies & Bioressources Inc., based in Quebec, Canada, brought out a new secret weapon during a media lunch at SupplySide Marketplace in May.