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The American Tasting Institute, a division of Quality Institute International, awarded Arlington Heights, Ill.-based J.R. Carlson Laboratories Inc. a certificate of distinction from a recent judging of cod liver oil. The cod liver oil was judged by a panel of professional chefs against its nationally distributed competitors on a range of criteria including taste, appearance, texture and flavor.

The Dietary Supplement Education Alliance will be producing a video news release on the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids that will be sent to media outlets nationwide. DSEA's last video release, "Supplements Offer Alternatives To Hormone Replacement Therapy For Menopausal Women," was viewed by millions of Americans as it aired on television stations around the country, being shown 63 times in 22 markets.

Los Angeles, Calif.-based Soft Gel Technologies Inc. received registered trademark status for its hyaluronic acid supplement, Injuv, a low molecular-weight hyaluronic acid taken as an internal cosmeceutical in a softgel form.

The Council for Responsible Nutrition has redesigned its public Web site, providing users with a more visually appealing design and easier-to-navigate approach. CRN Creative and Technical Director Gretchen Birgells redesigned and developed the site.

Boulder, Colo.-based Wild Oats Markets Inc., a national natural and organic foods retailer, elected Mark Retzloff, CEO of Rudi's Organic Bakery, Stacey Bell, R.D., of Advanced Functional Foods Int'l. Inc., and David Gallitano, former CEO of Columbia National Inc., to serve on the company's board of directors. Mo Siegel, former CEO and chairman of Celestial Seasonings, and David Ferguson, former general partner of JP Morgan Partners, resigned from the board.

Boulder, Colo.-based Botanical Liaisons LLC, an ethnobotanical consulting firm, and Broomfield, Colo.-based Unigen Pharmaceuticals Inc., a natural products research and development facility and proprietary ingredients supplier, have reached an agreement to study traditional medicine and seek discovery of new products in various countries, including Belize, Cameroon, Peru, Tanzania and the United States. Unigen also entered a collaborative plant-collection agreement with Somerset, N.J.-based BioResources Int'l. Inc., a bioprospecting company engaged in research and commercial development of natural products from tropical biodiversity. BRI will source, collect and identify plants with ethnomedicinal use that are indigenous to Ghana.

A new patent for CarniShield B94 was awarded to Biosint, a division of Rome-based sigma tau HealthScience SpA, and a developer, manufacturer and supplier of L-Carnitine.

Euromed, the herbal extract manufacturing division of Madaus AG of Germany and supplier of raw materials for the dietary supplements, pharmaceutical, and cosmetic industries, announced that it has received kosher certification by the Kosher Overseers of America certification agency.

Portland, Ore.-based Boyd Coffee Company has partnered with Rainforest Alliance. The partnership marks the first time that Rainforest Alliance-certified coffees will be widely available to restaurants, hotels and consumers in the United States.

Platinum Television selected Sun Ten Laboratories for its national education series, "Today's Family." Sun Ten will be a part of the Living Healthy segment. ABC Family Channel, Women's Entertainment and PAX-TV channels will air the programming.

Essential Phytosterolins Inc. has received a product merit award for its Moducare supplement from The Nutrition Business Journal.

A new clinical study published by the National Institutes of Health indicates that the ephedra-free diet agent Xenadrine EFX, manufactured by Cytodyne Technologies, has similar metabolic-enhancing, caloric-burning capabilities as ephedra.

London-based Barefoot Botanicals Group has formed San Francisco-based Barefoot Botanicals Ltd. as its U.S. subsidiary. Barefoot Botanicals brand products are carried by about 150 U.K. retailers, including Fresh & Wild organic lifestyle markets.

Ann Arbor, Mich.-based NSF International has certified Bloomfield, Conn.-based Amerifit Nutrition for a range of products including Sootherbs zinc lozenges, FlexAble glucosamine and chondroitin chewable tablets, and FlexAble glucosamine and chondroitin all-natural orange drink mix. Requirements of the NSF American National Standard 173-Dietary Supplements include label and formulation review, good manufacturing practices plant audits, product testing, safety evaluation and ongoing monitoring to ensure continued conformance.

Purchase, N.Y.-based Quality of Life Labs has signed eight new distribution deals for its Kinoko brand Active Hexose Correlated Compound.

People News
Cookbook author and artist Mollie Katzen created a new recipe for the International Conference on the Mediterranean Diet held in Boston in January. Katzen unveiled the Cranberry-Erewhon Raisin Bran Muffins, which were made with Erewhon Raisin Bran cereal, at the conference.

Chris Fields, technical director for Applied Food Sciences LLC, addressed the attendees of the National Coffee Association's 92nd annual convention about the science and application of natural antioxidants in coffee.

For the first time, two naturopathic physicians—Dr. Joseph Pizzorno, Jr., co-founder and president emeritus of Bastyr University, and Dr. Pamela Snider, associate dean, public and professional affairs at Bastyr—have been appointed to the Medicare Coverage Advisory Committee. The group convened under the Department of Health and Human Services to advise on effective and appropriate medical services that are covered or eligible for coverage under Medicare. This is the first time naturopaths have been included in the committee. Also, Leanna Standish, senior research scientist at Bastyr, has been appointed to the National Academy of Science's Institute of Medicine's Committee on the Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

Northridge, Calif.-based Pharmavite LLC, manufacturer of Nature Made vitamins, minerals and other dietary supplements, announced that health and fitness expert Denise Austin will serve as Nature Made's spokesperson in 2003. Austin has released fitness videos, has two daily television shows on the Lifetime network and has sold more than 1 million books. She also has a monthly fitness column in Prevention magazine.

Healdsburg, Calif.-based Timber Crest Farms appointed Roger Zapparelli to national sales manager. Formerly a national account representative in the foodservice industry, Zapparelli's career spans more than 22 years in sales, sales management and national accounts.

Toronto-based Stake Technology Ltd., owner of Sunrich Food Group Inc., Environmental Industrial Group and Steam Explosion Technology Division, announced that John D. Taylor, who had been president and COO, resigned for personal reasons. At present, the company does not plan to replace Taylor, who has also stepped down from Stake's board of directors. Stake has engaged independent engineering to assist in product testing and contractual negotiations for the company's .

Eustis, Fla.-based U.S. Nutraceuticals, manufacturer of supercritical-fluid extracts for the dietary supplements, functional foods and beverage industries, hired Laurie Selage as customer service coordinator.

Mathew James was appointed vice president of sales and marketing for Acton, Ontario-based Purity Life Health Products. James also will hold the title of vice president, sales and marketing, for EPI/Moducare, Purity Life's sister company.

Richard Lichota was hired to manage sales efforts in the Eastern region of the United States for Cardinal Nutrition, a Vancouver, Wash.-based manufacturer and supplier of MSM.

Henry's Marketplace Inc. named David San Miguel store director for its new Costa Mesa, Calif., store, the 20th in Southern California.

Llori Valenzuela, M.S., R.D., joined MAK Wood Inc. as new product development manager. Valenzuela was previously research and development project manager with the Healthcare division of Sodexho.

James S. Tonkin, former president and chief executive of Essentia Water Inc., has joined Bio Essentials, developers of Motion Potion Rx, as president and chief executive.

Scott Steil has been named executive director of sales and marketing for Chanhassen, Minn.-based Humanetics Corporation, maker of proprietary ingredients for the dietary supplements, pharmaceuticals, companion animal and cosmetic industries. He was formerly with Roche in Argentina as a product manager and country manager for Paraguay/Bolivia, as well as a business unit manager.

Gilbert, Ariz.-based Herbally Yours, manufacturer of nutraceuticals and cosmeceuticals and provider of customized formulations and services in the natural products industry, announced Charles E. Wurzbacher was named marketing director and Eric Brooker was named sales director.

Newport Beach, Calif.-based BioCell Technology LLC introduced Sandra Coulson, a certified orofacial myologist and facial muscle therapist, as its new spokesperson for its BioCell Collagen II product.

Jorge G. Weil, MD, has founded 770 Best Herbs & Marketing, a new consulting firm specializing in product development, formulation and testing, as well as promotion and marketing.

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