A group of 41 scientists and experts have signed a public statement, hosted at endsciencecensorship.org, condemning the retraction of the Séralini study by the editor of the Elsevier journal Food and Chemical Toxicology. The study found that rats fed genetically modified maize and Roundup herbicide developed tumors and died prematurely.

World Tea Expo is set to take place May 29–31, 2014 at the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center in Long Beach, CA. The show, co-located with the annual Healthy Beverage Expo, is focused on premium teas and related products.

In other tea news, Seattle, WA-based Choice Organic Teas, maker of certified organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, Fair Trade Certified tea, is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2014.

INBar from INBalance Health Corporation, Wayland, MI, has received full certification from Natural Food Certifiers for being Non-GMO, gluten-free, vegan and kosher.

Humane Farm Animal Care (HFAC), Herndon, VA, has announced updated standards for “Free Range” or “Pasture Raised” products within its Certified Humane program.

Published in WholeFoods Magazine, March 2014