ChromaDex, Inc. of Irvine, CA has acquired Spherix Consulting. This company evaluates literature, designs safety tests and makes science-based solutions for products that may be subject to product liability, changes in standards or consumer perceptions. It specializes in GRAS and NDI notifications.

FDA has put out guidance documents for food facility registration and biennial registration renewal. Now available are an updated Guidance for Industry: What You Need to Know About the Registration of Food Facilities – Small Entity Compliance Guide and Guidance for Industry: Questions and Answers Regarding Food Facility Registration (Fifth Edition). These documents supersede previous versions.

Nutraceuticals International Group of Paramus, NJ and Green Plants Extracts have relaunched the
Saffr’activ Web site ( It has a fresh layout that is intended to improve user experience and emphasizes the large amount of information available on Saffr’activ.

Irvine, CA-based Cyvex Nutrition received Halal certification from IFANCA for all its facilities.

Premium Ingredients, with global headquarters in San Ginés, Murcia, Spain, has undertaken several charitable acts this holiday season. Through its Corporate Social Responsibility (CRS) program, the company collaborated with the non-profit Jesús Abandonado to subsidize a generous Christmas Eve dinner for 300 people at a soup kitchen. The pair also provides employment for the unemployed at risk of social exclusion. In addition, company employees in Murcia collected $1,300+ worth of shoes, clothes, toys, toiletries and non-perishable food to give to the needy and collected food and toys for the non-profit organizations Caritas and the Red Cross. The Premium Ingredients staff also organized solidarity outings distributing blankets, snacks and coffee or hot chocolate among the homeless.

New research from EPAX of Oslo, Norway indicates its omega-3 triglyceride concentrate may help reduce PSA levels, a marker for prostate cancer risk. The data are published in the British Journal of Nutrition.

Published in WholeFoods Magazine, February 2013