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The Hain Celestial Group Does Not Use Artificial Colors and Supports Federal Government Hearings This Week

Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Hain Celestial Group Does Not Use Artificial Colors and Supports Federal Government Hearings This Week14:30 EDT Thursday, March 31, 2011Company Standards Have Long Prohibited Use of Synthetic Colors and FlavorsMELVILLE, N.Y., March 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: HAIN), a leading natural and organic products company providing consumers with A Healthy Way of Life? for over 17 years, continues its long-standing policy against the use of artificial food colors and flavors as the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) conducts hearings on the effects of artificial food dyes used in many consumer products.(Logo: https://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20050324/NYTH131 )"We are proud to have advocated the use of natural colors and flavors since our founding in 1993," said Irwin D. Simon, President and Chief Executive Officer of Hain Celestial.  "Health concerns about artificial flavors and colors are not new, and our quality standards prohibit them, especially in children's products," he stated.The Company has also called for truth-in-labeling which clearly discloses the presence of artificial ingredients and their risks on package fronts, particularly where products are making other health claims to influence consumer purchase decisions.  "In addition to our over 1,400 organic products, Hain Celestial offers products with 100% natural ingredients that are not only free of artificial colorings but also free of artificial sweeteners, preservatives, hydrogenated fats and other processed additives.  We continue to reduce sodium and fat in our products in the fight against obesity.  Consumers have a choice and there are readily available natural alternatives to products with artificial ingredients that deliver the taste and benefits consumers want," concluded Irwin Simon.The Hain Celestial GroupThe Hain Celestial Group (Nasdaq: HAIN), headquartered in Melville, NY, is a leading natural and organic products company in North America and Europe. Hain Celestial participates in many natural categories with well-known brands that include Celestial Seasonings®, Terra®, Garden of Eatin'®, Sensible Portions®, Health Valley®, WestSoy®, Earth's Best®, Arrowhead Mills®, MaraNatha®, SunSpire®, DeBoles®, Gluten Free Cafe?, Hain Pure Foods®, Hollywood®, Spectrum Naturals®, Spectrum Essentials®, Walnut Acres Organic®, Imagine®, Almond Dream®, Rice Dream®, Soy Dream®, Rosetto®, Ethnic Gourmet®, Yves Veggie Cuisine®, Granose®, Realeat®, Linda McCartney®, Daily Bread?, Lima®, Danival®, GG UniqueFiber?, Grains Noirs®, Natumi®, JASON®, Zia® Natural Skincare, Avalon Organics®, Alba Botanica®, Queen Helene®, Earth's Best TenderCare® and Martha Stewart Clean?. Hain Celestial has been providing "A Healthy Way of Life?" since 1993.  For more information, visit www.hain-celestial.com.SOURCE The Hain Celestial Group, Inc.For further information: Mary Anthes, The Hain Celestial Group, Inc., +1-631-730-2200