Washington, D.C.—A coalition called “GMO Inside” is calling on Kellogg’s and General Mills to label genetically engineered (GE) ingredients or eliminate them in their products.

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Rockville, MD—A genetically modified salmon would have “would not have a significant effect on the quality of the human environment in the United States.” So said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in its May 2012 Draft Environmental Assessment for AquAdvantage Salmon, as it opened a comment period on the document in December.

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Los Angeles, CA—An appeal from POM Wonderful, LLC, the creators of 100% Pomegranate Juice and POMx supplements, to allow certain claims on their products has failed.

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Last month, WholeFoods reported on what the American Medical Association had to say about the safety of energy drinks; since then, there has been yet another update in the energy drink world.

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Acquisitions, mergers, awards, charity work, certifications, company news and more.

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Promotions, new hires, retirements and more.

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Chicago, IL—Building on WholeFoods’ energy drinks coverage from last month, the American Medical Association has added its two cents about energy drink and caffeine consumption.

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Kissimmee, FL—The Southeast Natural Products Association’s 2012 President’s Award was given to Greg Leonard, executive vice president of independent retail sales for Tree of Life (the business unit of KeHE Distributors, based in Romeoville, IL). Leonard received the award at the 2012 Southeast Natural Products Association Show (SOHO) held here in early December. The award is intended to honor industry members or companies that have “made long-time and notable contributions to the industry above and beyond commercial success.”

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Anaheim, CA—Something new is in the works for Natural Products Expo West 2013 (produced by New Hope Natural Media), which is slated to be held here, March 7–10, 2013.

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North Bergen, NJ—A collaboration between two powerful supplement chains has been held up by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The Vitamin Shoppe, based here, announced in mid-December it planned to buy Super Supplements, Inc. of Seattle, WA for a cool $50 million in cash.

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