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Chemical-laden Foods and Toxic Agents in Everyday Products are a Real Health Risk to Children

Author of “Chemical-Free Kids” to Offer Advice at Expo Asia in Hong Kong

(Hong Kong, November 21, 2003) – Toxic threats to the health of our children is the topic of a free seminar to be given by Anthony Zolezzi, co-author of Chemical-Free Kids, at New Hope Natural Media’s upcoming Natural Products Expo Asia event December 3-5, 2003 at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong, China.

While mass poultry culls, deficient infant formula, and mad cow disease get the headlines, children are more likely to be exposed to toxins by common foods and household products thought to be safe by parents. Infants and pregnant women are particularly at risk from over-exposure to chemicals and pesticides that can lead to nerve damage and cancer. Artificial colorings and flavorings, preservatives, monosodium glutamate (MSG), trans-fats, and aspartame and other sweeteners are among the additives that can have toxic effects in children.

“A lot of the products and brands that parents trust, and were raised on, simply are not safe for children given what we know today about the connection between common food additives and mental and physical health,” said Zolezzi. “Research shows there are real connections between the toxins being ingested by children and health issues including chronic allergies, aggression and behavioral difficulties, learning problems, and childhood obesity, “ he added.

Showcasing foods and household products commonly purchased in Asia as examples, Zolezzi will educate parents, manufacturers and retailers, and practitioners to the hidden toxins that threaten children in a free seminar to be presented in English, with simultaneous translation to Mandarin, from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM on Friday, December 5, 2003 in Hall 5 of the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre. The free seminar is open to all businesspeople who register to attend Natural Products Expo Asia online at on a first-come, first-served basis.

For further details on this seminar or the Natural Products Expo Asia event, please contact Andrea Lee, Director of Marketing, Penton Media Asia Ltd. At +852 3402 5013.

About New Hope Natural Media
New Hope Natural Media is a wholly owned subsidiary of Penton Media Inc., focusing on the Lifestyle Division of Penton’s media portfolio. New Hope offers superior consumer and trade publications (The Natural Foods Merchandiser, Functional Foods & Nutraceuticals, Delicious Living, Nutrition Business Journal, and Natural Grocery Buyer), the most focused and effective trade events (Natural Products West/East/Asia/Europe), Nutracon, SupplyExpo), and the most popular consumer and trade websites (,,,, in the natural products industry. For more information, please visit

About Penton Media Inc.
Penton Media Inc. ( is a leading global business-to-business media company that produces market-focused magazines, trade shows and conferences, and online media. Penton’s integrated media portfolio serves the following industries: natural products; food/retail; Internet/broadband; information technology; manufacturing; electronics; design/engineering; supply chain; aviation; government/compliance; mechanical systems/construction; and leisure/hospitality.

About Anthony Zolezzi
Anthony Zolezzi is author of “Chemical-Free Kids” and is the global head of business development for U.S.-based Idea Sphere Inc. (, a leader in providing healthy living solutions for today’s natural products consumers, including natural and organic supplements, foods, beverages, personal and home care products, and health and wellness information.

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