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ABBOTSFORD, BCSept. 21, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --As transparency around pesticide use in food is becoming increasingly important to consumers, One Degree Organic Foods, a family-owned company committed to total food transparency, has uncovered a major gap between awareness and concern when it comes to the world's most widely used pesticide1 – glyphosate, the main active ingredient in herbicides like Roundup.

A new survey of Canadian and American consumers commissioned by One Degree Organics has uncovered that the majority (78%) of North Americans are not familiar with glyphosate even though it can be detected in some of the most popular oat-based cereals and foods, including those often marketed to children, including Quaker Old-Fashioned Oats and Cheerios Toasted Whole Grain Oat Cereal. Still, 93% of respondents were concerned once learning more about the research3 from the Environmental Working Group that found glyphosate in every sample of these popular oat-based breakfast foods that they tested.

The survey also found that while fruits and vegetables are high on consumers' watch-out foods for pesticides (89% of consumers look for labels to limit exposure), awareness is lower (only 49%) in the grains category despite the fact that glyphosate is the most widely used herbicide in U.S. agriculture and used on more than 100 food crops, including oat-based products like cereals and bars.

"The results of our glyphosate survey are staggering. While consumers are passionate about limiting pesticides in their foods most Americans and Canadians are unaware of what glyphosate is," says co-founder of One Degree Stan Smith. "So, as food makers, we need to give them the tools and information to know the facts."

The World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified glyphosate as a probable carcinogen. Even legally approved pesticides can be carcinogens; a 2010 report by the President's Cancer Panel concluded that pesticides were associated with numerous types of cancers, including brand, pancreatic, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, myeloma, colon, testicular and soft tissue sarcoma.

The good news is that our bodies, once pesticides are eliminated, can quickly flush them from our systems. A recent study published in the journal Environmental Research, a multidisciplinary journal authored by researchers at the Health Research Institute and the nonprofit organizations Commonweal Institute and Friends of the Earth, found that organic diets quickly reduce the amount of glyphosate in people's bodies. While the sample size was small (only 16 participants), the study found an average reduction of more than 70% in glyphosate levels after just 6 days of eating organic.

When it comes to transparency, 93% of respondents noted that they think food companies should disclose if their ingredients are sprayed with glyphosate during growing.

"While we don't want to scare them, we hope people take this information and join us in the movement to remove glyphosate from our food production system entirely, bettering both our health and the health of our planet," continued Smith.

While organic farmers are not allowed to use synthetic herbicides such as Roundup, some drift can occur from neighboring fields, causing organically grown crops to become contaminated. As an exclusively organic food producer, One Degree products use non-GMO and certified organic ingredients from farmers they know and trust. Taking this one step further, consumers can rest assured that all these products are also free of glyphosate contamination due to drift and display the third-party verified BioChecked Non-Glyphosate Certified Seal.

For more information on One Degree Organic Foods, visit


CARPINTERIA, CA, SEPTEMBER 22, 2020 – Edward & Sons Trading Company (, a pioneer in the natural foods industry that introduced Miso-Cup® instant soup and gluten-free Brown Rice Snaps® to American consumers, today announces significantly expanded national distribution in September of its Native Forest® brand Guar Gum-Free USDA Certified Organic Curry Coconut Milk.


A must-have product among coconut lovers specifically and health food devotees in general, Native Forest® Organic Curry Coconut Milk was previously only available at Whole Foods Market but will now be sold at numerous other retailers and online as well.


In addition, Native Forest®has just introduced the perfect companion product – Guar gum-free USDA Certified Unsweetened Organic Turmeric Coconut Milk.


Store locations for both products can be found at


Pouring On Goodness

A staple of traditional Asian and Caribbean cuisines, coconut milk lends its rich and creamy goodness to many wonderful regional and international dishes and beverages.

Native Forest® Organic Curry Coconut Milk is sourced on the beautiful island nation of Sri Lanka, where fresh organic coconuts are pressed to extract their rich and creamy milk and regional organic spices are added to provide an authentic Asian flair.  Organic Curry Coconut Milk is ideal for enhancing such dishes as sautéed veggies, noodles, soups, stews and sauces.


Also sourced by dedicated family farmers in Sri Lanka, Native Forest® Unsweetened Organic Turmeric Coconut Milkis blessed with an oil-rich extract and enhanced with local organic turmeric to create another Edward & Sons superfood every bit as wholesome as it is versatile. Delicious in soups, curries, sauces, and beverages, Unsweetened Organic Turmeric Coconut Milk additionally adds an irresistibly creamy goodness to smoothies, non-dairy specialties and classic regional dishes.





Mississauga, Ontario (Thursday, September 17) - Food and Consumer Products of Canada (FCPC) and Consumer Health Products Canada (CHPC) have joined forces to create Food, Health & Consumer Products of Canada (FHCP). The new association brings together 119 manufacturing members, making FHCP the sector’s largest national association.

Michael Graydon, Chief Executive Officer of FHCP, commented: "FHCP brings Canada’s leading food, health, and consumer product manufacturers under one roof, which is fitting as these products are found in pantries, kitchen cupboards, and medicine cabinets across Canada. FHCP’s expertise and insights are unparalleled, as are our relationships across the supply chain, with government, and with consumers. We look forward to bringing the full force of our newly-expanded platform to bear to ensure our sector reaches its full potential in support of Canada’s resilience, self-reliance, innovation, and growth.”

FHCP Chief Operating Officer and former CHP President Karen Proud continued: "FHCP is the only Canadian trade association that unites the companies, large and small, who make the food, health, and consumer products Canadians rely on every day. Together, we support the well-being of millions of Canadians, the sustainability of Canada’s healthcare system and economy, and the livelihoods of the nation’s largest manufacturing workforce.”

The food, health, and consumer products sector contributes more than $39.5 billion to Canada’s economy annually and directly supports more than 350,000 jobs. With establishments operating in every province, the sector is Canada’s largest manufacturing employer and the top employer in rural Canada.


Sept 2, 2020

Evonik today announced the expansion of its AvailOm® platform of high-load omega-3 powders to help nutraceutical companies develop superior algal or fish-oil based formulations of their dietary supplements. Each of the three grades is tailored to address the lifestyle needs of consumer groups, such as vegans and vegetarians, or specific application areas such as healthy ageing, pregnancy and maternity. 

AvailOm® is the highest-load platform of omega-3 powders in its class with 50% EPA and DHA (refer to footnote) as a free fatty acid by weight, giving it a bioavailability more than five times higher than traditional omega-3 fish oil soft-gel capsules. Being directly compressible into tablets and with an oxidation resistance of more than four years, AvailOm® enables the development of pure or multi-product combination supplements with omega-3 that are more convenient and easier to swallow. It can also prevent side-effects associated with fish oil capsules including undesirable smells and aftertaste, or fishy burps.

“AvailOm® highlights Evonik’s commitment to the development of advanced food ingredients that are sustainable and scientifically proven to improve health and overall quality of life,” said Cornelis van den Muyzenberg, Vice President Food Ingredients and Strategic Projects. “We look forward to leveraging our AvailOm® platform, as well as our complementary formulation and scale-up services, to help nutraceutical customers create differentiated supplement brands that are safe, convenient and comfortable for consumers to take as part of their normal daily routine.”

“With this expansion of our AvailOm® platform, nutraceutical companies can further differentiate their supplement brands by selecting from one of three separate grades that are each tailored to specific consumer groups or health areas,” said Dr. Christopher Studte, Director New Health Ingredients at Evonik. “In addition to the provision of guidelines that can help optimize the use and handling of AvailOm®, a range of formulation development and scale-up services are available to help customers accelerate their speed to market.”

  • AvailOm® 50 High DHA Algae has a higher concentration of the type of omega-3 known as docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), which is associated with infant development, eye health and cognition function. Being derived from algal sources, it is ideal for use by vegans and vegetarians, especially during pregnancy or early motherhood.
  • An additional fish-oil based DHA grade known as AvailOm® 50 High DHA is also available.
  • AvailOm® 50 High EPA has a higher concentration of the type of omega-3 known as eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), which is associated with heart and joint health as well as reduced inflammation, making it ideal for consumers seeking supplements that support healthy ageing.
  • All grades of AvailOm® are sustainably sourced to protect not only fish and krill, but other marine life that depend upon them.

    Evonik will host a free webinar on best practices and emerging trends in the formulation of combination products with omega-3 on Thursday, October 8 at 10:00 a.m. EDT / 4:00 p.m. CEST. For more information and to register, click here.


TORONTO, Aug. 11, 2020 /CNW/ - Avicanna Inc. ("Avicanna") (TSX: AVCN) (OTCQX: AVCNF) (FSE: 0NN), a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development, manufacturing and commercialization of organic and sustainable plant-derived cannabinoid-based products, and Red White & Bloom Brands Inc. (CSE: RWB) (OTC: RWBYF) ("RWB" or "Red White & Bloom") are pleased to announce that they have entered into a distribution agreement for the exclusive distribution of Avicanna's advanced and clinically backed CBD-based cosmetic and topical products Pura H&W™ by RWB in the US and certain other markets.

The $532 billion beauty industry continues growing rapidly and new trends such as the introduction of CBD cosmetics is anticipated to establish a strong market presence in markets that permit retail sales such as the United States. The Pura H&W branded products utilize hemp-derived CBD, the non-psychoactive and non-controlled cannabinoid, which allows for cosmetic designation and retail sales.

The launch of this innovative and premium hemp-derived CBD product line will leverage from the growing use of online platforms for shopping including Pura H&W's own e-commerce platform, third party e-commerce channels, and "big box" retailers in addition to the existing commercial infrastructure of RWB in the United States.

Brad Rogers, chairman and chief executive officer of RWB, stated: "Throughout my career, I have seen tremendous success licensing brands, strategically leveraging them for the demographics that recognize the best in class quality & efficacy, and then listing them in big box and specialty retailers. This agreement paves a path that will allow RWB and Avicanna to grow together well into the future beyond our news today."

Under the agreement, which has an initial five-year term, RWB will exclusively distribute the Pura H&W™ brand and certain other white label brands at RWB's direction. Having been developed by researchers and collaborators from world class medical and academic institutions, the Pura H&W™ line of products has been developed through a scientific and evidence-based approach. This approach in product development has allowed Avicanna to synergistically combine natural ingredients with hemp-derived CBD in advanced and proprietary formulations that have completed 3 cosmetic human clinical studies. Product development is always commenced with the consumer in mind and specific needs are addressed through analysis in observational as well as interventional clinical studies. Avicanna's hemp-derived CBD infused cosmetics and topicals equip RWB with the opportunity to set the standards with advanced research and development for hemp-derived CBD cosmetics and GMP manufacturing.

The 3 cosmetic clinical studies were completed on Avicanna's formulations targeted at cosmetic factors associated with aging, acne-prone skin, and eczema-prone skin. The successfully completed studies involved 156 patients that were tested for both safety and certain derma-cosmetic endpoints, including hydration and excess oil production. The results of all three studies achieved positive results in the endpoints with no adverse effects, making products part of one of the only cannabinoid consumer product lines with human safety and efficacy data.

Aras Azadian, CEO of Avicanna, commented: "After years of R&D and clinical development of what we believe is the most advanced line of CBD skin care products, we are thrilled to have partnered up with the team at RWB, who provide an ideal partner for Avicanna and the Pura H&W line of products. We believe their access and expertise in the US market through commercial and retail channels will allow the Pura H&W branded products to reach their potential as the leading skin care brand."


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