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Dallas, TX—A recent warning letter sent to Coats International following a good manufacturing practices inspection underscores several out-of-compliance issues that inspectors are finding at dietary supplement plants.

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Lund, Sweden— As part of Europe’s HEALTHGRAIN project, researchers from Finland and Ireland investigated several processing techniques for improving the quality, safety and nutritional profile of oat-based, gluten-free bread.

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Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are still a hot button issue that continues to gain momentum. On Tuesday April 27, in the very first Supreme Court law suit about genetically engineered crops, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments from the Center for Food Safety (CFS) in its case against Monsanto (Monsanto v. Geertson Seed Farms)...

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The Institute of Medicine (IOM) is calling on Congress to give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) increased authority for regulating health claims on food and dietary supplements. Specifically, the IOM wants FDA to hold food and supplement health claims to the same standards as it uses for drugs.

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Austin, TX—John Mackey is no longer the only chief executive officer (CEO) of Whole Foods Market, based here. In mid-May, the chain’s board of directors voted to promote Walter Robb to the position of co-CEO, serving along side Mackey. Last December, Mackey gave up his title of chairman of the board.

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John McLoughlin passed away in May at the age of 69. McLoughlin had been with Soft Gel Technologies for 15 years, most recently serving as the company’s sales director. Previously, he worked in sales at Banner Pharmacaps.

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Washington, D.C.—In defending against recent attempts to expand dietary supplement regulations, much talk has centered around the fact that sufficient regulations are in place, but regulators aren’t using their full authority under those laws to enforce them. Now, however, new legislation is on the table to help.

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Last month, WholeFoods reported on some pending legislation that would expand the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)’s authority. Since the writing of that article, the Senate passed its   Financial Services Reform Bill (H.R. 4173/S. 3217) without the provision that would inflate the FTC’s power. Since the House version of the bill does contain the controversial provision, a conference committee will now negotiate the bills and iron out the differences between the two.

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Montreal and Cambridge, MA—A study published in Pediatrics in May found a correlation between pesticides and the presence of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children. Statistics show that children with high levels of organophosphate pesticides in their urine were more likely to develop ADHD than children who had undetectable levels. In the United States, 4.5 million children ages five to 17 have been diagnosed with ADHD as of 2006, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Web site, and the study is the first to form a link between ADHD and pesticides.