MELVILLE, N.Y., Oct 15, 2007 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. (HAIN) , a leading natural and organic food and personal care products company, announced that its President and Chief Executive Officer, Irwin D. Simon, had been appointed by Governor Eliot Spitzer to the New York State Council on Food Policy.
"This Council will help the state coordinate its food-related policies and promote healthier communities," said Governor Eliot Spitzer. "The members of the Council will bring new and diverse expertise to this important policy area."
The New York State Council on Food Policy includes representatives from all areas of the food system and will be chaired by New York State Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker. Mr. Simon will serve on the Council as a representative of the food industry, as a producer of organic food.
"I am honored to serve as a member of the New York State Council on Food Policy," said Irwin D. Simon. "As a company based in New York with expanding operations in the state, I see a tremendous opportunity to provide New Yorkers and others with local and affordable natural and organic products to benefit consumers, the environment and the State of New York economically. Hain Celestial has been committed to providing "A Healthy Way of Life(TM)" in New York State since 1993."
Members of the Council will work to establish new food policies for the state that will help ensure the availability of safe, fresh, nutritious and affordable food for all New Yorkers. The Council will make recommendations to the Governor on state regulations, legislation and budget proposals in the area of food policy to ensure a coordinated and comprehensive inter-agency approach to state food policy issues. The Council has been tasked with identifying ways to increase the sale of New York State agricultural products, with an emphasis on expanding the consumer market for locally-grown and organically-grown food. The New York State Council on Food Policy was established in May 2007 by Executive Order.
The Hain Celestial Group
The Hain Celestial Group (HAIN) , headquartered in Melville, NY, is a leading natural and organic food and personal care products company in North America and Europe. Hain Celestial participates in almost all natural food categories with well-known brands that include Celestial Seasonings(R), Terra Chips(R), Garden of Eatin'(R), Health Valley(R), WestSoy(R), Earth's Best(R), Arrowhead Mills(R), DeBoles(R), Hain Pure Foods(R), FreeBird(TM), Plainville Farms(TM), Hollywood(R), Spectrum Naturals(R), Spectrum Essentials(R), Walnut Acres Organic(TM), Imagine Foods(TM), Rice Dream(R), Soy Dream(R), Rosetto(R), Ethnic Gourmet(R), Yves Veggie Cuisine(R), Linda McCartney(R), Realeat(R), Lima(R), Grains Noirs(R), Natumi(R), JASON(R), Zia(R) Natural Skincare, Avalon Organics(R), Alba Botanica(R) and Queen Helene(R). For more information, visit www.hain-celestial.com.
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