The Connection Between Methylfolate and Depression

There may be many reasons as to why someone experiences depression. In recent years, however, several studies have attempted to shed some light on the connection between reduced serum levels of folate (an essential B-vitamin that helps the body make DNA and divide cells) and depression. But merely popping a folic acid pill or eating […]

Recall of LabDiet and Mazuri Animal Feed Products

PMI Nutrition International is recalling four types of LabDiet® and Mazuri® animal feed products listed below because they may contain elevated vitamin D levels, which can be harmful to animals. The recalled animal feed includes the following: Guinea Pig Diet 50# (Item number 0001330, Lot number APR17122, Formula number 5025); Mazuri® Small Bird Maintenance 25# […]

Nature Made Recalls Vitamins for Possible Salmonella or Staph

Pharmavite LLC is recalling specific lots of Nature Made® products for possible Salmonella or Staphylococcus aureus contamination. Both Salmonella and Staph aureus can lead to food poisoning. The recall was initiated after the company found that testing for these pathogens was not completed properly on these batch lots. The recalled products include certain lot numbers […]

Dietary Supplement Industry Largely Unregulated

There is a lot of confusion about the dietary supplement industry, what products they are allowed to sell, and how they are regulated. Before 1990, supplements were mainly just vitamins and minerals. Interest peaked in the early 1990s, and more manufacturers got into the business.  Congress wanted to strengthen the FDA’s enforcement powers over misleading […]

FDA Warning Letters for Week of March 14, 2012

These are the FDA Warning Letters to food establishments, producers, and farms for the week of March 14, 2012. The most notable letters include a tofu plant with “black build-up” on its equipment (6), and a facility with rodent pellets, rodent traps that held decaying rodents, and rodent gnawed food (7). 1. Creekside Springs, LLC […]

Cell Culture Cocktails with Fewer Hangovers

Mixology comes to bioprocessing in the form of chemically defined media—potions that leave cells neither shaken nor stirred, but satisfied. Earlier rounds emphasized yield. Now it’s time to toast consistency and quality.