Natural Products Association

Washington, D.C.—The Natural Products Association (NPA) is extending its standard and seal to include natural home care products.

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Dietary Supplement Safety Act

Washington, D.C.—Last month, WholeFoods reported on proposed legislation sponsored by Arizona Senator John McCain (R-AZ) that would redefine dietary supplements and place new burdens on the dietary supplement industry. In the weeks that followed, several industry companies and associations responded to the Dietary Supplement Safety Act (DSSA, S3.002) in full force.

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Rockville, MD—The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) would like to see some extra funding in FY 2011: $146 million from the government and $601 million in industry user fees. This 23% total increase (from $3.28 billion to $4.03 billion in all) will be invested in much-needed initiatives to protect public health. Specifically, FDA hopes to use this money to benefit food safety practice, medical product safety and regulatory science.

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Rockville, MD—This month, Vasilios “Bill” Frankos will retire as director of the division of dietary supplements programs for the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). According to a press statement, he will join supplement maker Herbalife in April as the company’s senior vice president of product compliance and safety.

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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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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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