DietSpice is new from Pharmachem Laboratories Inc. This functional seasoning includes Phase 2 and is intended to be added to foods to “help people lose weight while they eat.” Flavors include Italian, Asian, Butter & Spice and Cinnamon Sweetener. DietSpice is available in numerous packaging options.

Orlando, FL—Informa Exhibitions LLC held Ingredient Marketplace in Orlando, FL, for the first time, after being held most recently in New York City.

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Kailua-Kona, HI— Cyanotech Corporation (parent company to Nutrex Hawaii) is soon bringing online a new supercritical CO2 extraction facility for the production of its BioAstin Natural Hawaiian Astaxanthin. The firm recently made a $3.2-million investment in an extremely specialized 1,000-bar extraction and concentration system that will be housed at its headquarters in Kailua-Kona, HI, where its spirulina and astaxanthin microalgae are grown and harvested.

In early February, consumers who bought herbal supplements in New York were left wondering, “Was that really St. John’s Wort in my bottle?” NY Attorney General (NYAG) Eric T. Schneiderman announced DNA testing of herbal supplements purchased at GNC, Target, Walmart and Walgreens, produced unfavorable results. The active herbs were not found in the tested products, and filler herbs were used in their place, the NYAG stated. Based on the results, he insisted through cease-and-desist letters that the tested herbal products be pulled from shelves.

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Two research groups independently collected data on branded probiotic strains and generated some interesting results.

Newport Beach, CA—A new pilot study sponsored by BioCell Technology suggested its branded type II collagen (BioCell Collagen) may support recovery after exercise.

Oslo, Norway—Researchers from Maastricht University, The Netherlands, have published data in Cardiovascular Biology and Cell Signalling suggesting that vitamin K2 supports cardiovascular health.