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Penford Food Ingredients, based in Englewood, Colo., received certification that its dextrose product is nongenetically modified, making it the first such product so designated in the United States. An independent authority, Cert-ID, established that Penford?s dextrose conforms to the European Union?s new regulations pertaining to GM food.

The Greenfield, Mass.-based Organic Center for Education and Promotion recently released its first State of Science Review on ?Minimizing Pesticide Dietary Exposure Through the Consumption of Organic Food.? The Center Also launched an improved version of its website, In addition, at the All Things Organic show in Chicago in early May, more than 50 Organic Center donors gathered for an event that raised $356,600.

The Consumer Healthcare Products Association of Washington, D.C., has relocated to new office space in that city. CHPA, a trade association that represents U.S. manufacturers and distributors of over-the-counter medicines and supplements, had been located on Connecticut Avenue for 19 years before the recent move to 19th Street.

Enjoy Life Foods, based in Chicago, will now distribute its products in Canada through Supreme Foods of Toronto and Wild West Organic Harvest of Vancouver. Enjoy Life Foods, launched in 2002, makes and distributes gluten- and allergen-free products including bagels, breads, cereals and snacks.

Laura?s Lifestyle of Costa Mesa, Calif., a company that specializes in low-carbohydrate frozen meals, has launched a new Web site,, to provide more information about the company and its products.

Chatsworth, Calif.-based supplements manufacturer Natrol Inc. has changed the packaging of its bottled products by introducing a heat-induction sealing system. Natrol had formerly used pressure-sensitive foam liners but decided to upgrade with the intention of providing longer shelf life and damage control.

Whole Foods Market, based in Austin, Texas, began an environmental sustainability program called ?The Green Mission,? which involves changes in composting and recycling in all its stores. The compost project turns produce, food and waxed cardboard from Whole Foods stores into compost, which the store then sells.

Uncle Matt?s Organic Inc. of Clermont, Fla., will now distribute its juice with bilingual labels in the Canadian market. In addition, the organic beverage and food company announced that it has harvested its first crop of certified organic mini watermelons grown in Florida.

Natural Foods Merchandiser volume XXV/number 8/p. 54

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