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Fish oil supplements safe
Environmental Defense, a non-profit organization, has released results from its first fish oil study, which showed that two thirds of polled companies follow strict procedures to limit contamination. The group polled 54 major US producers and suppliers and compared their policies to those established by the Environmental Protection Agency and the state of California?s Proposition 65, which are considered the strictest guidelines established. Thirty seven verified that they met these standards, including the use of such purification processes as molecular distillation and steam deodorisation. Nine gave incomplete responses and eight did not respond. The study can be found at

New FDA guidelines
The Food and Drug Administration?s Office of Nutritional Products, Labeling and Dietary Supplements has posted new industry guidelines. A Dietary Supplement Labeling Guide covers the size and placement of words on a supplement label, and defines health claims and structure/function claims. To view the guidance, visit

PAI partners buys Chr Hansen
A leading European private equity firm, PAI Partners, has purchased ingredients giant Chr Hansen for $1.4 billion. Headquarted in Denmark but operating in 30 countries worldwide, Chr Hansen is a primery supplier of cultures, probiotics, enzymes, colours, flavours and sweetners. Its new CEO, Lars Frederiksen, will work with the existing management team of Leif Norgaard, Hans Thorkilgaard and Peter Olesen.

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