Promotions, new hires, retirements and more.

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Alexandria, VA—Consumers who are concerned about the safety of dietary supplements should pay attention to a new statistic offered by the American Association of Poison Control Centers. According to the U.S. National Poison Data System, dietary supplements caused no deaths in 2008.

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Washington, D.C.—WholeFoods continues its coverage of the lawsuit brought against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding qualified health claims for selenium and health claim censorship with an update.

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New York, NY—WholeFoods reported last month on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) publication of draft guidelines concerning the distinction between beverages and liquid dietary supplements. Since then, as part of the commentary phase of the FDA guideline process, Ullman, Shapiro and Ullman, LLP have submitted a thorough response statement in opposition to the proposed FDA guidelines.

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apples

Buffalo Grove, IL—North American Herb and Spice (NAHS) is holding a NAHS Wild Medicine Exploration Contest until June 2010. Stores can compete in various categories (such as best display of NAHS products) for a chance to win a trip to the northernmost Canada wilderness.

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Haiti

Port-Au-Prince, Haiti—On Tuesday, January 12, the Port-Au-Prince region of Haiti experienced an earthquake, which ranked 7.0 in magnitude, leaving in its wake a path of destruction. For those living the disaster, the day was filled with shock, fear and total chaos. But, for the rest of the world watching, it was a time to reach out and offer hope to disaster-torn Haiti.

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capital hill

Washington, D.C.—The Natural Products Association (NPA), headquartered here, invites industry members to join in Natural Products Day on March 23. This free event offers an opportunity to meet Congressional representatives on Capital Hill and discuss key industry issues with legislatures.

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Acquisitions, new launches, new partnerships, awards, new initiatives and more.

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ginko

Chicago, IL—At the end of last year, Ginkgo biloba became a top story as research printed in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), published here, indicated that the herb did not prevent cognitive decline in older adults. The group came to this conclusion after analyzing data from the Ginkgo Evaluation of Memory (GEM) study conducted between 2000 and 2008.

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Austin, TX—On December 24, John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Market, announced he would step down as the chain’s chairman of the board, but continue on as CEO. John Elstrott will assume the role of chairman.

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