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Natural BCM-95® Curcumin Confirmed by FDA

Natural BCM-95® Curcumin Confirmed by FDA

Arjuna Naturals Extracts Ltd.’s BCM-95®, a high-potency turmeric extract, has been granted a ‘No Questions’ response letter from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This letter confirms the complete safety of BCM-95 by US authority and helps position the ingredient as an…

Spearmint phenolic complex has received self-affirmed GRAS

Spearmint phenolic complex has received self-affirmed GRAS

Kemin Industries supplement ingredient Neumentix™ Phenolic Complex K110-42 has received self-affirmed GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) status after an intensive review of safety by an independent panel of scientific experts. The water-extracted spearmint can now be used in a variety of functional food and beverage applications. Neumentix…

FDA modernizes the Nutrition Facts Label

FDA modernizes the Nutrition Facts Label

March is National Nutrition Month® and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) encourages consumers to put their best fork forward by using the Nutrition Facts label.  The FDA recently finalized a new and improved Nutrition Facts label on packaged foods and beverages to better help consumers make informed…

GLA safflower oil obtains U.S. FDA GRAS status

GLA safflower oil obtains U.S. FDA GRAS status

Arcadia Biosciences, Inc. , an agricultural technology company, announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted Arcadia’s conclusion that its SONOVA® GLA safflower oil is “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS) for use in nutritional beverages and medical foods. Arcadia produces GLA safflower nutritional oils with high…

Health literacy: getting the info you need

Health literacy: getting the info you need

When your doctor prescribes a medication for your child, do you know what the correct dosage is or how to measure it? Are you comfortable asking your doctor questions when you receive a lab report and don’t understand the results? Do you understand how to use the information…

Redefined “Healthy” Claim for Food Labeling

Redefined “Healthy” Claim for Food Labeling

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it has started a public process to redefine the “healthy” nutrient content claim for food labeling. Redefining “healthy” is part of an overall plan to provide consumers with information and tools to enable them to easily and quickly make food…

$56 Million for Local and Community Food Projects, Organic Research

$56 Million for Local and Community Food Projects, Organic Research

At the New York Times Food for Tomorrow Conference, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced more than $56 million in grants to strengthen local and regional food systems, support farmers markets, and fund organic research. Since 2009, USDA has invested over $1 billion in more than 40,000 local food businesses…

Making sure ‘healthy’ means what it says on food packages

Making sure ‘healthy’ means what it says on food packages

With final rules on the Nutrition Facts label published, consumers soon will see an updated label on food packages that makes the calories and serving sizes of products easier to see  and that gives them additional nutrition information, such as added sugars, vitamin D, and potassium. The marketplace is teeming…

3rd Nonbrowning apple USDA approved

3rd Nonbrowning apple USDA approved

Intrexon Corporation, a leader in the engineering and industrialization of biology to improve the quality of life and health of the planet, today announced its subsidiary Okanagan Specialty Fruits (OSF) has been granted deregulated status for its third nonbrowning Arctic® apple variety, the Arctic®Fuji, by the U.S. Department…

What’s in a name? What you should know about foods and flavors.

What’s in a name? What you should know about foods and flavors.

Many foods or beverages are flavored—but how can you tell where those flavors come from? For example, if you’re digging into a bowl of cereal that has the word “maple” on the package, and even images of maple leaves, you may think you’re…