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APR 2012

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Companies Land a Range of New Certifications OmniActive received a "no objection Let ter" from FDA wi th reference to the GRAS (general l y recognized as safe) status for Lutemax 2020®, al lowing the eye heath ingredient to be formulated into func tional foods and beverages in the Uni ted States. Advantage Botanicals Co. LLC was cer tified organic by Quality Assurance Internat ional (QAI), San Diego, which allows the company to distribute organic products with the USDA National Organic Program seal. Taiyo International 's Sunphenon® manufacturing faci l i ty, Taiyo Green Power, and its complete line of Sunphenon® green tea extracts and Matcha Powder have been cer t i f ied halal by The Indonesian Counci l of Ulama (MUI). As part of the certification process, MUI examined, inspected and audited the manufacturing facility and all ingredients. New Vitamin D Standard from NIST A new serum vitamin D standard should help increase the quality and accuracy of lab tests that measure levels of vitamin D in the body, according to a recently published article in Analytical Chemistry (2012 Jan 17;84(2):956-62). The new reference, developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS), may represent a first step toward standardization of vitamin D testing. More accurate laboratory results should make it easier for physicians to diagnose vitamin D deficiency and aid research related to vitamin D in general, according NIST. With the increase in awareness of all vitamin D can offer human nutrition— from bone to immune, heart and mood health—more research is starting, and more consumers are interested in knowing their levels. Vitamin D status is generally assessed by measuring levels of the metabolite 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25OHD) in serum or plasma. NIST explained test methods for measurement of 25(OH)D are readily available, but standardization of 25(OH) D methods had not previously existed. As a result, "normal" range indicated by measurements from one test method may be different from that of another. NIST Standard Reference Material (SRM) 972, "Vitamin D in Human Serum," consists of four blood serum sample pools with varying levels of 25(OH)D. SRM 972 has certified values for vitamin D2 (25(OH)D2) and vitamin D3 (25(OH)D3). One pool also contains 3-epi-25OHD3, a metabolite that may be found at significant levels in samples from infants. SRMs for homocysteine and folate in serum (SRM 1955), as well as for fat- soluble vitamins and carotenoids in serum (SRM 968e) are also currently available from NIST. Patent Protected Lyc-O-Mato® – The original natural tomato complex. Protected by composition, process and application patents. Ƈ Extensively researched Ƈ Proven safety record Ƈ Patent protected Please visit us at Supply Side East, booth #501 naturalproductsinsider ¡ com 13 IN THE NEWS

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