April 24, 2007, Ogden, UT —Mineral Resources International, Inc. (MRI) has issued a cease and desist letter to Trace Minerals Research, L.C., USA and ECOMAX Nutrition regarding, at minimum, the sale of products bearing such names as Trace Minerals Research ®, ConcenTrace®, Arth-X™, Stress-X™, and Ion-Mag™ as well as other such branded products in Canada. In addition, MRI has released the following statement:
“MRI, Inc. and its assignees have the exclusive rights in Canada for the trademarks Trace Minerals Research®, ConcenTrace®, Arth-X™, Stress-X™, and Ion-Mag™. TMR L.C. is not authorized to sell, market, or otherwise use the above names or other MRI products, formulas, or marks in Canada.”
In addition to cease trading, marketing, advertising, and selling products in Canada with the above-listed marks, MRI has advised ECOMAX Nutrition in a letter dated April 20 to:
• Cease and desist making disparaging remarks about MRI, Inc. and Monnol, Inc.
• Cease and desist the solicitation of Monnol Inc.’s accounts in Canada
• Cease the use of statements to the effect that TMR has 1)”been in business since 1969” and 2) is “the original marketer and distributor of essential minerals harvested from Utah’s Great Salt Lake for supplement use.”
MRI states it will pursue further action against TMR L.C., its international distributors and agents for using MRI marks, formulas, and products outside of the U.S. Health Food Store market.
About Mineral Resources International, Inc.:
Founded through a parent company in 1969 by the Anderson family, Mineral Resources International, Inc. (MRI) (www.mineralresourcesint.com) specializes in developing, manufacturing, and distributing noteworthy nutritional supplements in liquid, tablet, and powder delivery forms integrating naturally occurring minerals and trace minerals harvested from Utah’s Great Salt Lake. Through its close relationship with Northshore Limited Partnership, its exclusive supplier and only government-inspected, food-grade, solar evaporation mineral harvester on the Great Salt Lake, MRI goes to great lengths to ensure an all-natural mineral and trace mineral product while maintaining consistent standardization, concentration, and balance in each lot of product produced. MRI manufactures a complete line of dietary supplements ranging from multi-vitamins to targeted nutritional formulas using bioactive, ionic minerals. In addition, MRI provides a range of natural ionic mineral ingredients. MRI’s products are sold worldwide through a variety of distribution channels including health food stores, salons and estheticians, and natural health care practitioners.