February 2, 2012
A new mobile app, NSF for Sport, developed by global public health organization NSF International (Ann Arbor, MI) is making it easier for consumers to search and find dietary supplements and sports nutrition products that have earned NSF Certified for Sport® certification.
The Certified for Sport program was developed by NSF International to help athletes, coaches, trainers and health and fitness enthusiasts make more educated decisions when choosing nutritional supplements. The free app allows users to search NSF’s listings or browse a complete list of NSF-certified products from an iPhone, iPad or Android phone.
NSF screens supplements for more than 165 banned substances and undeclared ingredients including stimulants, narcotics, steroids, diuretics, beta-2-agonists, masking agents and other substances, as well as unsafe levels of contaminants. The program also tests and certifies that product content matches label claims, and inspects the manufacturing facility in which the products are made. Annual product re-testing and facility inspections verify ongoing compliance with program requirements.
“NSF International’s Certified for Sport program is the most rigorous and complete testing and certification program available for sports nutrition and dietary supplements,” said Ed Wyszumiala, general manager of the program. “This new mobile app now makes it even easier for consumers to search for and find NSF Certified for Sport certified supplements that are safer and free of banned substances.”
For more information, visit www.nsf.org.
Enzymedica (Port Charlotte, FL) has announced that three of its products have been recognized by noted nutrition expert, Ashley Koff, RD, as Ashley Koff Approved (AKA). The AKA stamp is presented throughout the year to the finest products in four retail categories. AKA 2012 status was awarded to Enzymedica’s Acid Soothe, Digest Gold + Probiotics and Kids Digest Chewable.
Koff began presenting AKA recognition in 2002 to help consumers, health care practitioners and the media identify products that best contribute to a healthy lifestyle and empower them to be “qualitarian”—making the best quality choice available at any given time.
Whether it’s a product, menu, recipe or gadget, the AKA stamp confirms that it has been evaluated and approved as a better quality and healthy choice, according to the company. More specifically, it means that the product does not contain any nutrition “no, no’s” — its marketing message is truthful and it fits into a nutrition plan for optimal health.
“We are thrilled to have three of our products selected for AKA recognition,” said Scott Sensenbrenner, CEO of Enzymedica. “The Enzymedica brand is well known for meeting the highest standards in the industry for purity, safety and efficacy. We’re happy to see our standards validated by a respected, impartial third party.”
For more information, visit www.ashleykoffrd.com or www.enzymedica.com.
The Organic Trade Association (OTA) and NSF International’s Training and Education Division have announced they’re offering a two-day intensive program entitled, HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points) for the Organic Professional, March 7-8, 2012, prior to Natural Products Expo West 2012, in Anaheim, CA. The workshop is an essential resource for companies committed to maintaining both certified organic and food safety standards, noted the collaboration.
The professional training provides instruction in the seven principles of HACCP and how they relate to organic certification programs. It will also teach participants how to write and implement HACCP plans in organic food environments. It is designed for individuals responsible for organic and food safety programs in small- to medium-sized processing facilities, and those responsible for the communications messaging of these facilities. The coursework and hands-on experience provided are also highly relevant for organic certifiers and inspectors.
HACCP for the Organic Professional participants will receive two full days of professional instruction, the NSF HACCP Manager Training Manual, which includes the Codex Alimentarius, as well as a Certificate of Completion at the end of the course. The fee for registration is $799 for OTA members and $875 for non-members.
For more information, visit http://www.ota.com/events/HACCP_for_organic_professional.html.
KGK Synergize (London, ON, Canada) and SourceOne Global Partners (Chicago, IL) have announced the settlement of a lawsuit initiated by SourceOne on December 29, 2008, in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
The lawsuit alleged that SourceOne’s Cholesstrinol™ family of heart-healthy formulas do not infringe on KGK patents and trademarks, and that KGK engaged in unfair competition by threatening SourceOne, its customers and its global partners with infringement lawsuits. Details of the settlement are confidential and will remain undisclosed.
“SourceOne is pleased to have been able to resolve this matter with KGK on business terms in lieu of further protracted litigation,” stated Jesse Lopez, CEO and founder of SourceOne Global Partners.
“KGK is pleased to have resolved this matter on business terms in lieu of further protracted litigation,” said Najla Guthrie, CEO of KGK.
AlgaeBio Biosciences (Scottsdale, AZ) has announced that its ultra-pure, algae-based omega-3 fatty acid oil offerings occupy a rare niche in the global marketplace. Containing both EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), because the company uses photosynthesis, rather than fermentation, to grow its microalgae, AlgaeBio’s resulting omega-3 fatty acid oils also include a host of accompanying compounds—including carotenoids, phytosterols, chlorophyll and various vitamins—that provide a wide variety of health benefits.
“These added benefits are unique to our omega-3 product,” said Andrew Ayers, president and co-founder of AlgaeBio. “The vast majority of the companies out there producing an omega-3 algae oil don’t use a photosynthetic process. And if you’re not using photosynthesis, the cells don’t produce these compounds—all the carotenoids, the chlorophylls, many of the phytosterols—because they’re not integral to the process.”
Topping AlgaeBio’s agenda is the production of ultra-pure algae-based omega-3 fatty acid oils for international customers in the rapidly expanding nutraceutical and food additive markets. Ground has been broken on the company's $5 million, first-phase expansion to its production facilities near Holbrook, AZ, and large-scale commercial production is expected by early this year.
By late 2012, the company estimates it will produce a monthly total of 5,900 kg of whole algae powder—resulting in 1,060 kg of omega-3 fatty acid oil and 4,250 kg of high-protein algae meal, with 590 kg of that original figure retained as whole algae powder.
For more information, call (403) 815-2752 or visit www.algaebio.com.