Washington, D.C.—On September 27, President Barack Obama signed into law a bill that is intended to help small businesses. The legislation will give tax credits to small businesses and help such firms receive loans more easily. This aid will cost about $42 billion over the course of a decade.

Washington, D.C.—The Food Safety Accountability Act, introduced in September by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) would, if passed, establish criminal penalties for "any individual or corporation that knowingly distributes tainted food products." The penalties include a fine and/or a maximum prison sentence of 10 years.

Austin, TX—Whole Foods Market has enacted new packaging guidelines that affect the personal care products and dietary supplements it sells. According to a press statement, the natural products retail chain will require that suppliers use less plastic in their packaging, switch to glass (when they can), use only packaging materials that can be recycled or are made with largely post-consumer recycled (PCR) content.

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St. Petersburg, FL—An article published by the Health Sciences Institute (HSI) touts bergamot extract as a way to support those with metabolic syndrome. This Italian citrus fruit, says the group, supports healthy LDL cholesterol, triglyceride and blood sugar levels.

As retailers, you may be known for the brands and products that are not carried in the mainstream—but you are also known as the reliable source for quality lifestyle enhancement. This means not just product education, but tips to improve quality of life, overall and every single day.

South Plainfield, NJ—Industry companies and retailers looking for information about natural products companies now have another resource. The WholeFoods e-Directory is now available at http://directory.wholefoodsmagazineonline.com.

In February of this year, the Natural Products Association launched the Natural Home Care Standard and Certification program with the intent of giving its stamp of approval to natural cleaning products that adhered to certain strict standards.