September 15, 2010
Manufacturers earn the seal through compliance with rigorous GMO avoidance standards, including ingredient testing, as part of the nation’s first third party non-GMO verification program. Nearly 900 products have been verified to date, with thousands more in the process of becoming verified and new products joining the program every day. Non-GMO Month celebrations will draw consumer attention to Non-GMO Project products, as well as educate them about the GMO issue, said the organization.
Close to 300 independent retailers and co-ops are participating in Non-GMO Month, in addition to Whole Foods Market. “Retailers started the Non-GMO Project because of consumer concern and requests for non-GMO foods,” said Corinne Shindelar, CEO of the Independent Natural Food Retailers Association (INFRA). “We have a responsibility to consumers to ensure the integrity of our food system, and among shoppers who value safe, healthy food, there is a strong desire to avoid GMOs. Non-GMO Month is a fantastic opportunity to give people the information and non-GMO choices they are looking for.”
For more information, call (909) 626-0809 or visit www.nongmoproject.org.
“EPAX is fortunate to get an owner that will invest significantly in people, products, processes and technology in Aalesund,” said Bjørn Refsum, managing director of EPAX. “This ownership change will be a great benefit to our customers and ensure further progress in the omega-3 field.”
Refsum noted that throughout EPAX’s 170-year corporate history, ownership changes have naturally occurred and that the company’s experiences from these processes have always been positive. “Trygg Pharma’s ownership will open up new opportunities and markets. Combining resources with such a highly regarded company that places major emphasis on research and development will benefit our customers, employees and partners and is making EPAX even stronger,” added Refsum.
As part of the agreement between Trygg Pharma AS and Austevoll Seafood, EPAX has entered into a long-term supply agreement with Austral S.A., a subsidiary of Austevoll Seafood. The agreement will ensure continued cooperation between EPAX and Austral, and secure supply of the highest quality crude fish oil from sustainable and traceable sources.
Under its new ownership, EPAX will immediately invest significantly in expanding the capacity of the factory in Aalesund, Norway. “The planned capacity expansion means that our customers can rest assured that EPAX will be able to grow with them in the future,” said Refsum.
For more information, visit www.epax.com.