7th March 2022


California Prunes awarded ‘Bone Health Approved’ status by Royal Osteoporosis Society

California Prunes have been successfully awarded ‘Bone Health Approved’ status by the Royal Osteoporosis Society (ROS), thanks to a growing body of evidence showing the positive effects prunes can have on skeletal health. High in vitamin K and a source of manganese, both of which contribute to the maintenance of normal bones, California Prunes are the first natural food to have been given the accreditation by the UK charity.

The ROS works to improve the bone health of the nation and support everyone with osteoporosis to live well through their support services and advice.  The ROS Bone Health Accreditation Scheme and accompanying ‘Bone Health Approved’ logo enables consumers to easily identify food and drink, supplements, and living aid choices that contribute towards better bone health as part of an overall balanced diet and active lifestyle.

Esther Ritson-Elliott, Director of International Marketing and Communications for the California Prune Board (CPB), says: “We’re delighted that California Prunes have been awarded ‘Bone Health Approved’ status by the Royal Osteoporosis Society. The CPB is dedicated to ongoing research into the beneficial effects California Prunes can have on health, with recent studies highlighting the positive role prunes can have on bone health in men over 50, and how a portion of prunes daily may help reduce bone loss in postmenopausal women. We are looking forward to working in partnership with the ROS to raise awareness of bone health and the role California Prunes can play in that.”

The CPB’s commitment to research has been welcomed by the charity. Henry Mace, Head of Partnerships for the ROS says: “Our statistics show that there are currently 3.5 million people living with osteoporosis in the UK, yet only 1 in 4 adults are aware of what the condition means. Thanks to our ‘Bone Health Approved’ scheme and logo, consumers can easily identify those products that contain bone-friendly nutrients like vitamin K, vitamin D, and calcium. High in vitamin K and as a source of other nutrients, California Prunes can play an important role in maintaining bone health as part of a balanced diet and active lifestyle.”

Approval for the ROS accreditation scheme is only given to products or services that can demonstrate benefits to bone health, according to strict nutritional and scientific criteria set out by established EU regulations. To find out more about the ROS and the scheme, visit https://theros.org.uk/how-you-can-help/partner-with-us/bone-health-accreditation-scheme/






The California Prune Board was established in 1952 to represent growers and handlers under the authority of the California Secretary of Food and Agriculture. California is the world’s largest producer of prunes with orchards across 14 counties in the Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys. Promoting a lifetime of wellness through the enjoyment of California Prunes, the organisation leads the premium prune category with generations of craftsmanship supported by California’s leading food safety and sustainability standards. California Prunes. Prunes. For life.


ABOUT THE ROYAL OSTEOPOROSIS SOCIETY                                                                                              

The Royal Osteoporosis Society is the UK’s only national charity dedicated to bone health and osteoporosis. We work to improve the bone health of the nation and support everyone with osteoporosis to live well through our support services and advice. We influence and shape policy and practice at every level through our work with healthcare professionals and policy-makers. We’re driving research and development of new treatments, working towards a future without osteoporosis. For further information, please visit our website theros.org.uk or call our free Helpline on 0808 800 0035. For ROS media enquiries, please contact the ROS media team on media@theros.org.uk or 07701 351198.


Kathryn Swinglehurst, Apple Tree Communications (ATC) Ltd  /  E:  kath@appletreecomms.co.uk / T: +44 (0) 7775 814156