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Melamine testing in China
NSF International has announced a new testing service to detect the presence of melamine, an industrial chemical used in plastics that was recently found in pet food products. To meet international commerce needs in China, NSF has an accredited testing laboratory in Shanghai that will conduct the testing and local auditors who will inspect the facilities to screen for melamine and other toxins. For more information, visit

Citroil taps sales manager
Citroil Enterprises Inc, a supplier of food flavouring, citrus oils and juices, has appointed Chris Li as national sales manager for its expanding flavour division. Li brings more than 20 years experience in the flavours industry to his new position, having worked as the commercial director for citrus at Givaudan, and as the international business director at Danisco. Citroil?s Flavor Division specialises in flavours for beverages, confection, baked goods and dairy. They also offer low-carb, organic and nutraceutical flavourings. All ingredients are certified kosher and can be NOP compliant.

Cargill sponsors ADA initiative
Cargill has become a premier sponsor of the American Dietetic Association (ADA). Cargill?s CoroWise brand of plant sterols will be featured in ADA materials during the two-year sponsorship. Studies have found that foods containing at least 0.4 grams per serving of plant sterols may reduce the risk of heart disease. Cargill will host a media briefing on behalf of its CoroWise brand at the ADA?s Food Nutrition Conference & Expo at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in room 203 A/B at 9:30 am on September 30. For additional information, visit

Multilingual resource at ADM
ADM has launched a multilingual resource to help food manufacturers understand how the company can help them meet today?s consumer demands. Available in English, French and German, the site features case studies that explain how ADM has helped food manufacturers overcome technical-application challenges, refine formulations and develop new foods. Visitors can also access market reports by organisations such as Mintel and Euromonitor on relevant industry trends. The site is found at

Terry ThomasNational Starch boosts sustainability efforts
At the company?s 2007 annual business meeting, National Starch Food Innovation reinforced its commitment to sustainable practices with the launch of a product stewardship programme called Kernel to Kitchen. The programme forms part of the company?s comprehensive sustainability strategy, applying five global standards: product design and development; product management, distribution and use; suppliers and other purchased services; material hazards and conservation of resources. ?At National Starch Food Innovation, we?ve adopted sustainable practices as part of our culture,? explains Terry Thomas, divisional vice president, Natural Polymers Group, Europe. ?We?re hoping the Kernel to Kitchen programme will help to really engage customers in our strategy, so they will see how deeply we are investing in the future of the food industry.?

Takasago redesigns New Jersey facility
Takasago Flavors in New Jersey has completed the renovation of its Sensory Center facilities. The redesign aims to be more conducive to collaboration between professionals and consumers who participate in focus groups and testing. The company has doubled the testing booths, as well as added a separate entrance so participants can be easily brought into the appropriate area. Takasago International (USA) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Takasago International, which was established in Japan in 1920. The company has worldwide sales of more than $1 billion.

Nature's PathNature?s Path promotes marathon winners
As the title sponsor of the Whidbey Island Marathon & Half Marathon for a second year, Nature?s Path has begun selling about 4.5 million Optimum ReBound cereal boxes with the male and female race winners? photos. ReBound is specifically formulated for optimal post-exercise muscle recovery and fuel replenishment. Founded in 1985, Nature?s Path Foods operates its headquarters in British Colombia, Canada, and employs more than 300 people at its four facilities. The family-owned company produces breakfast foods, snacks and pasta sold in 46 countries. Its brands include: Nature?s Path, EnviroKidz, LifeStream and Optimum.

Biotissue engineering partnership
A strategic partnership has been formed between Symrise, the world?s fourth-largest supplier of fragrances, flavours and cosmetic active ingredients, and the Italian biotech company Cutech Srl in Padua, Italy. The focus of their partnership will be on developing innovative cosmetic active ingredients based on microalgae. Symrise and Cutech have been working together since 2003 in the field of biotissue engineering.

Mike DoyleLycoRed Corp welcomes new president
LycoRed of Israel has named Michael Doyle as president of its US division, LycoRed Corp of Orange, New Jersey. Doyle has a wealth of business leadership experience across a range of industries and functions, including having led the Nutrition Health Business at BASF in North and Central America. He also served as a board member and treasurer for the Council of Responsible Nutrition. He earned his master?s in business administration at Michigan State University.

Patent granted for mushroom product
Maitake Products, of East Rutherford, New Jersey, was granted a patent on its SX-Fraction, an active glycoprotein of the maitake mushroom. SX-Fraction is an antidiabetic, which the company says has vast potential due to the increasing percentage of the population suffering from insulin resistance, also recognized as metabolic syndrome or syndrome X. (For more information on metabolic syndrome, see Science Review.) The company said it will also offer the product in standardized extract form, labeled 'PSX-Fraction,' to qualified manufacturers of products designed for metabolic syndrome.

New distribution deal for SOLO
The Low Sodium Sea Salt Co, based in England, reached an exclusive agreement with NEXCEL NATURAL INGREDIENTS, based in Illinois, to distribute its SOLO brand sea salt to food manufacturers in the US. SOLO is well established in the UK where it is the preferred option by that country's leading food manufacturers to reduce the sodium content by up to 60 per cent without sacrificing taste or functionality, the company reports. SOLO is a sodium-reduced, magnesium-enriched sea salt containing sodium, potassium and magnesium. It can replace ordinary salt on a 1:1 basis in virtually any recipe, and dissolves faster than ordinary salt.

LycoRed's natural carotenoidsLycoRed names Italian distributor
LycoRed of Israel has appointed SOCHIM INTERNATIONAL, Italy, as its strategic partner for the sale of the LycoRed product line into the Italian dietary-supplements market. Sochim will market LycoRed's extensive line of natural carotenoids, including Lyc-O-Mato tomato lycopene complex, beta-carotene and the Lyc-O-Lutein line. The patented lutein line includes oil suspensions and beadlet formulations for tablets and hard-shell capsules.

EPAX increases purity standards
EPAX AS has lowered the acceptable level for dioxins, furans and dioxinlike polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in its specifications for its omega-3 concentrates. EPAX's levels are now 60 per cent lower than required by the European Union authorities. As part of the new standards, EPAX has lowered its specification limits for the sum of dioxins, furans and dioxinlike PCBs from five parts per gram (pg/g) to four pg/g in all its concentrates, including the company's TG and EE formulations. In 2005, the company lowered the specifications for organic pollutants and heavy metals for all oils. In 2006, the company lowered levels for dioxin furans and dioxinlike PCBs. EPAX AS is headquartered in Aalesund with a global sales office in Lysaker/Oslo, Norway.

Maigread EichtenNew CEO at New Sun Nutrition
Maigread Eichten, COO of New Sun Nutrition, was promoted to president and CEO. Dick Lamb, the company's founding CEO and a major shareholder in the company, is now serving as nonexecutive chairman of the board of directors. New Sun is developer and distributor of the FRS line of healthy energy drinks and nutritional supplements. Eichten joined the company in January for the express purpose of replacing Lamb; she is directing the day-to-day management of the organization, including financials, marketing, product development and operations.

Shaheen MajeedMajeed to lead Sabinsa marketing
Shaheen Majeed has been promoted to the position of director of marketing for Sabinsa. He has held various positions with Sabinsa for more than 10 years, including those in the shipping, accounting, customer-service and sales departments. In his new position, he will work to further strengthen Sabinsa's position in the marketplace, as well as provide the sales team with effective marketing tools and materials. Majeed will also continue to head up Sabinsa's Latin America Division, which he started in 2001.

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