Functional ingredients industry chatter

Synergy explained
"Isolating an active constituent from a plant is an affront to nature. It is like taking the intelligence and leaving the wisdom behind."

— Deepak Chopra

Barking for more
"Does the melamine issue help organic sales? For us it does. After that pet scare, at pet shows, all dog-food companies are gone. We're still there."

— Martin Valerga, vice president of the organic pet-food company, Wenaewe

It's from where?
"I strongly support Country of Origin Labeling — it's a critical step toward providing consumers with additional information about the origin of their food."

— Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, following the USDA ruling requiring COOL for muscle cuts and ground beef (including veal), pork, lamb, goat, and chicken; wild and farm-raised fish and shellfish; fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables; and peanuts, pecans, macadamia nuts, and ginseng sold by designated retailers

Progress on palm oil
Whole Foods Market pledges to use IMO's [Institute for Marketecology] reliable certification program, along with independent supply-chain verification, in the sourcing of palm oil in our private-label products.

— Statement on the Whole Foods website

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