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Natural NewsCenter for Food Safety Files Complaint with USDA to Enforce Integrity of the Organic LabelWashington D.C., July 11, 2007 - The Center for Food Safety today filed a complaint and legal petition with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) urging the agency to enforce the integrity of the U.S. organic food label by preventing the misleading practice of labeling seafood imports as "organic". Increasingly, U.S. consumers are confronted with imported seafood labeled as organic despite the fact that there are no U.S. organic seafood standards in place.Until these standards are released (they are currently in development), the Center for Food Safety action calls upon USDA to prevent consumer deception by enforcing existing organic labeling laws and regulations. The Center, which is joined in this effort by Consumers Union and Food and Water Watch, has identified the practice of allowing seafood to be labeled as "organic" in absence of regulations as unfair, deceptive and misleading, a violation of both the Organic Foods Production Act and the Federal Trade Commission Act.
Read the rest of this article... Low Vitamin D Levels May Be Common in Otherwise Healthy Children PHILADELPHIA, July 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Many otherwise healthy children and adolescents have low vitamin D levels, which may put them at risk for bone diseases such as rickets. African American children, children above age nine and with low dietary vitamin D intake were the most likely to have low levels of vitamin D in their blood, according to researchers from The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.A study in the current issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition measured blood levels of vitamin D in 382 healthy children between six years and 21 years of age living in the northeastern U.S. Researchers assessed dietary and supplemental vitamin D intake, as well as body mass, and found that more than half of the children had low blood levels of vitamin D. Of the subjects, 55 percent of the children had inadequate vitamin D blood levels and 68 percent overall had low blood levels of the vitamin in the wintertime.
Read the full article here... Largest National U.S. Healthcare Facility MRSA Study Reveals Infection Rates Eight Times Greater Than Previous Estimates 'Superbug' Prevalence Data from 1,237 Facilities Demonstrates Public Health Threat; Colonization and Infections Span All States, Across Healthcare Facility UnitsSAN JOSE, Calif., June 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) today released initial results from a nationwide study of 1,237 U.S. healthcare facilities, examining the prevalence of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), a virulent multi-drug resistant organism. Findings demonstrate MRSA prevalence rates to be at least 46 cases per 1,000 patients -- significantly more widespread and established than previous estimated rates.
Read the rest of this article... Natural Products Association Says New Supplement Regulations are 'Strong' but 'Reasonable' for both Industry and ConsumersWASHINGTON, June 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today released its long-awaited final regulation on good manufacturing practices (GMPs) for dietary supplements. The rule, according to the FDA, will ensure that "dietary supplements are produced in a quality manner, do not contain contaminants or impurities, and are accurately labeled.""We think the final regulation is strong, but more reasonable than the proposed version. It offers a more flexible framework in meeting standards, such as testing and facility design. This will help smaller companies control costs - costs that would have been be passed along to the consumer - while still maintaining quality standards," said David Seckman, executive director and CEO of the Natural Products Association. "At 800-plus pages we'll need to take a longer, more careful look at this document to fully determine its impact on the industry and consumers, but it appears that FDA took some of our concerns into account."
Read the rest of this article... Protect Your Family From Breathing Dirty Air Inside the Car BROADVIEW, Ill., May 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Did you know that children are more sensitive to the effects of air pollution than adults? And, did you know the air quality inside a car when you are driving them to school or soccer practice with the windows rolled up is worse than the air outside, especially in heavy traffic?"To ensure that the air entering the passenger compartment through your vehicle's heating, air conditioning and vent system is uncontaminated, your vehicle's cabin air filter must be clean and functioning well," says Ramon C. Nunez, Director of Filtration for Robert Bosch, LLC, supplier of automotive parts and systems to vehicle manufacturers and the aftermarket here in the United States and abroad. (http://www.boschautoparts.com)
Read the rest of this article... thinkproducts Introduces thinkThin Pink, Natural Nutrition Bar to Benefit Komen VENTURA, Calif., May 7 /PRNewswire/ -- "Inner beauty" natural nutrition bar maker thinkproducts (http://www.thinkproducts.com) is introducing the seasonal new thinkThin Pink bar in honor of Mother's Day 2007; a portion of the bar's proceeds will benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure (http://www.komen.org). A special edition thinkThin bar dressed in a delectably breast cancer awareness pink wrapper, thinkThin Pink will be available in all national grocery, drug and natural food stores where thinkproducts are distributed (SRP $1.69).The thinkThin Pink bar will appear again in retail stores in October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Ten cents from every thinkThin Pink bar sold will benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure, with a minimum guaranteed donation of $10,000. Along with all other thinkproducts; thinkOrganic(TM), thinkThin(TM) and thinkGreen(TM), thinkThin Pink stays true to the company's commitment to vitality and providing pure foods that promote wellness and beauty from the inside out.
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