And it is about time! HR 3057, the House companion bill, was introduced by Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY).
Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) has introduced The Household Product Labeling Act (S. 1697). This Act would require household cleaning products to carry labels that list all of their ingredients. “Moms and dads have a right to know whether harmful chemicals are present in their kitchen cupboards,” Franken says.
The way it is now, products are required to list immediately hazardous ingredients, but there is no labeling requirement for ingredients that may cause harm over time. The bill would make information readily available to consumers.
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Ocean Spray Cranberries Inc. has won a patent for a method of extracting oil from the tiny seeds of cranberries. This news makes me want to go out and buy a bag of cranberries and just take a look at those seeds….pretty tiny if I remember correctly. It will take an awful lot of berries to come up with enough oil with therapeutic value, but Ocean Spray is wise to come up with a product that uses the left over mash left from squeezing out all that juice. The patent claims the extracted oil can be used for “treating or reducing the occurrence of breast cancer,” among other diseases. This is a pretty powerful claim, and from what I have read all research is definitely in the preliminary stage.
The patent claims the use of the oil for its anticancer, hypocholesterolemic, antithrombotic, antioxidizing, antiatherogenic, antiinflammatory, and immunoregulatory properties. I am already a big believer in the use of grapefruit seed extract and I think it makes sense that seeds would be powerhouses in medicinal value. Just think of the nutrient value one gets from seed sprouts. I would think that one could look at the beneficial aspects of a vegetable or fruit and then look to the seed for the corresponding concentrated benefit.
Here are some reference links: Beverage Daily Article ; Journal of New England Technology Article
The above cranberry image comes from Information Website for Cranberry Seed Extracts which provides exactly the information it says it does! No product page though, and is provided by a company called Fruit Essentials Incorporated….I have no idea who they are except that they are located in Wisconsin, not New England.
I did find a botanical seed oil available online at Botanic Oil Innovations, so obviously this is a market that is being jumped on by others. I have no affiliation or monetary connection to any of these links by the way. Just thought they might be helpful.
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