Rockville, MD—Based on results from a 10-year study tracking the retail industry’s efforts to improve food safety factors, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) concludes that the presence of certified food safety managers on site to oversee and enforce food safety practices in stores significantly increases compliance with food safety practices.

Washington, D.C.—In October, The Institute of Medicine (IOM) released the first report of a two-phase study examining nutrition rating systems and symbols on front-of-package (FOP) labeling. This first report details the nutrition science basis for FOP labeling systems and concludes that FOP labeling systems ought to reference serving size, calorie information, saturated fat, trans fat and sodium to effectively assist consumers in making healthful food choices.

Albuquerque, NM—Homeopathic medicine supplier Heel USA held an editors’ summit in early October.

DSM CEO Feike Sijbesma received the 2010 Humanitarian of the Year Award from the United Nations Association of New York “for his outstanding commitment to corporate social responsibility and in particular for DSM’s partnership with the United Nations World Food Programme.”

The second Natracare Sisters raised $320,000 to help “improve the health of women and babies by training women scientists and clinicians.” Sisters Susie Hewson, Natracare’s chief executive, and Theresa White cycled 450 km over five days in China as part of the Women for Women Cycle China challenge.

Tallahassee, FL—The most famous summer picnic fruit is now found to have positive benefits for health. A study conducted by food scientists at Florida State University found that watermelon can help support healthy blood pressure levels.

Bloomington, IN—Helios Corporation and Sunbio have launched the Safety vs. Uncertainty initiative in an effort to clarify viable, safe choices in the menopause support arena.

 

Bloomington, IN—Helios Corporation and Sunbio have launched the Safety vs. Uncertainty initiative in an effort to clarify viable, safe choices in the menopause support arena.

 

Las Vegas, NV—More than 1,200 exhibit booths (with 779 total companies) and a packed educational session drew 8,500 industry members to this year’s SupplySide West tradeshow and convention, held here from October 19 to 23.