It’s no secret that natural and organic labeling is undergoing a change amid consumer and government scrutiny. In May of this year, Kellogg agreed to drop terms like "All Natural" and "100% Natural" on some of its Kashi and Bear Naked brand product labels as well pay more than $5 million to settle a class-action consumer fraud lawsuit (1). While the company’s representatives stood by their advertising practices, this is only one of many examples of lawsuits and bad press as consumers demand accuracy in labeling.

News and notes from industry suppliers.

Benicia, CA—InterHealth recently expanded its portfolio with the purchase of the 7-Keto ingredient business from Humanetics Corporation. According to information from the company, this healthy weight support ingredient has sold more than one billion dosage units to date.

City of Industry, CA—Best Formulations’ philosophy is “together we grow,” and growth has certainly been accomplished over its 30-year history.

Axiom Foods offers Avenolait, an allergen-friendly whole-grain oat milk powder. This ingredient contains many of the same nutrients as uncooked oats as well as insoluble and soluble fibers. It can be used in baked goods, beverages, cereals and more.

Iron Taste-Free is now available from Albion Human Nutrition. This ingredient (ferric glycinate) decreases the pH of the upper duodenum, allowing it to be absorbed longer. The company says the ingredient is generally recognized as safe and well tolerated.

Valensa International launched a new joint health gummy based on its existing Flex Pro ES joint health product, which was only offered in capsules. The product combines Zanthin Natural Astaxanthin, BiovaFlex Water-Soluble Egg Shell Membrane, boswellia and a proprietary form of hyaluronic acid.

Xsto Solutions now distributes Almega PL, a vegetarian omega-3 sourced from microalgae that is extracted using a hexane-free wet process. Almega PL contains only EPA (~25%) and is made by Qualitas Health.